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The name Mustoe was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Mustoe family lived in Mousquette, Normandy, and ventured to England shortly after the Conquest in 1066. [1]

Early Origins of the Mustoe family

The surname Mustoe was first found in Cambridgeshire where "William Muschet held of the Bishop of Ely in 1165. Later, he was Sheriff of Cambridgeshire 2 Richard I., as was William 'filius John Muschet' 6,9,11 and 12 Edward III.

Muschetts, a small manor still held under the Bishop of Ely, retains their name. Adam de Muschet, about 1240, held under Robert de Waledom at Great Peatling in Leicestershire. John Musket was Lord of Heccecomb, Somersetshire, in 1316. Robert Muschett of Gloucestershire and Hertfordshire, Ralph Muskett of Hertfordshire only, in the time of Edward I. At the same date 'Dominus William Muschett' was a considerable proprietor in Kent, and held land in Huntingdonshire. Roger Mushett gave some land at Benney to the Preceptory of Temple Rothley. In Dorsetshire, John Muskett held in Winterborne- St. Martin 20 Ed. III." [2]

"The name occurs in Scotland from a very early period, but was there used as a familiar form of Montfichet. 'The corruption of names, arising from a tendency to abbreviate, and to adopt leading sounds, is conspicuous in the following instances, some of which occur in the Ragman Roll' " [2]

Robert Osketell Muschet was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Suffolk in 1177 and later William Musket was found the Feet of Fines for Norfolk c. 1210. Later again, William Mouchet was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Cambridgeshire in 1327. [3]

Early History of the Mustoe family

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Mustoe Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Mustoe are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Mustoe include Musket, Muscat, Muscet, Muskett, Muskatt, Muskat, Muskot, Muskott, Mousket, Mouskett, Mouskette, Mousquette, Muskit, Muskitt and many more.

Early Notables of the Mustoe family (pre 1700)

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Australia Mustoe migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mustoe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jane Mustoe, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia" [4]
  • Mustoe, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mustoe (post 1700) +

  • William Robert Mustoe (1878-1942), English landscape gardener
  • Robbie Mustoe (b. 1968), English footballer, manager and commentator
  • Neil John Mustoe (b. 1976), English former footballer who played as a midfielder
  • Jordan David Mustoe (b. 1991), English footballer who plays as a left back
  • Anne Mustoe (1933-2009), English schoolteacher, a touring cyclist, author of travel books and headmistress
  • Richard Mustoe (b. 1981), Welsh rugby union player who played as a winger
  • Lyndon Mustoe (b. 1969), Welsh rugby union player for the Wales National Team (1995-1998)
  • Nelson Edwin Mustoe QC (1896-1976), British Queen's Counsel, husband of Anne Mustoe

  1. 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)
  2. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FLORENTIA 1849. Retrieved from on Facebook