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The Musters surname is thought to derived from the Middle English/Old French word "moustarde," meaning "mustard." It has been suggested that the name was originally occupational, for a dealer in spices; or perhaps a nickname for someone with a hot temper or a vicious tongue.

Musters Early Origins



The surname Musters was first found in Huntingdon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of lands in Huntingdon who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Although popular authors of surname origins attribute this name to the spice, it is most likely totally unrelated and more likely a Flemish import at the time of the Conquest. This is reasonably confirmed that the use of mustard in Britain started only in 1720 when Mrs Clements of Durham invented the table form of the spice.

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Musters Spelling Variations


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Musters Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Mustard, Mostart, Mussard, Moussard, Moussart and others.

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Musters Early History


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Musters Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Musters research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Musters History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Musters Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Musters Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Musters Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Munday Musters, who arrived in America in 1764

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Contemporary Notables of the name Musters (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Musters (post 1700)



  • Pauline Musters (1876-1895), recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the shortest woman ever recorded
  • Jorge Valdés Musters, Bolivian diplomat

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Musters Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Musters Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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