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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. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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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.

This page was last modified on 7 March 2015 at 10:38.

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