Musslebrough is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Musslebrough family lived in Mid Lothian
, at Musselburgh
, from whence their name is taken.
Early Origins of the Musslebrough family
The surname Musslebrough was first found in Mid Lothian
where they held a family seat
. Conjecturally they are descended from an unknown Norman noble who moved north to Scotland
in the train of King David, Earl of Huntingdon
, who invited many of his Norman friends north, and gave them lands in Scotland
. They were granted lands in Musselburgh in the parish of Inveresk. John of Musselburgh was the first to settle there about 1160.
Early History of the Musslebrough family
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Musslebrough Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Musselburgh, Mussleburgh, Muskilburgh, Musselburg, Musselborough, Musselborrow, Musselborow and many more.
Early Notables of the Musslebrough family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Musslebrough family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Musslebrough or a variant listed above: Mathew Muskilburgh who landed in North America in 1766.