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.
Early Origins of the Musters family
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
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.
Early History of the Musters family
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Musters Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Mustard, Mostart, Mussard, Moussard, Moussart and others.
Early Notables of the Musters family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Musters family to the New World and Oceana
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
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