Musto History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Musto is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Musto family lived in Suffolk. Their name, however, is a reference to Mousquette, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Musto family

The surname Musto was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The name was originally Mousquette and is from Normandy from a place of that name. It is not known when they settled in Suffolk but it is presumed to be about the late 12th century. They settled in the parish of Haughleigh in that shire and became Lords of the Manor.

Important Dates for the Musto family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Musto research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1598 is included under the topic Early Musto History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Musto Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Musket, Muscat, Muscet, Muskett, Muskatt, Muskat, Muskot, Muskott, Mousket, Mouskett, Mouskette, Mousquette, Muskit, Muskitt and many more.

Early Notables of the Musto family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Musto family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Musto or a variant listed above were: David Musket who settled in New York State in 1775 with his two sons; James Musket settled in Maryland in 1743; Sarah Muskett settled in Virginia in 1670.

Contemporary Notables of the name Musto (post 1700)

  • William Vincent Musto, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964; Member of New Jersey State Senate 33rd District, 1976 [1]
  • Ray Musto, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2000 [1]
  • Raphael John Musto (b. 1929), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1971-80; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 11th District, 1980-81; Defeated, 1980 [1]
  • Anthony J. Musto, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 22nd District; Elected 2008, 2010 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from
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