Muston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Muston is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Muston family lived in Yorkshire. Their name is thought to be derived from the place-name, Moucon, in Normandy, although another account suggests that it is a variation of the French name Musset. Both theories are considered valid, but historians disagree on which applies to individual cases.

Early Origins of the Muston family

The surname Muston was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat in the large village of Muston in the East Riding of that County shown at the taking of the Domesday Book in 1068 to be held by Gilbert de Ghent (Flanders) from the King. Gilbert held the Manor at that time and, conjecturally, the family are believed to be descended from this Norman noble. The village name Muston or Musson is also believed to be related to a Norman family name of Moucon, and may have been the surname of Gilbert of Ghent (Flanders) or Gand, or a member of his family. Gilbert was one of the most highly honored Barons who assisted Duke William at Hastings in 1066. He became Baron Folkingham, possibly a nephew of Queen Matilda, and held no less than 172 English manors.

Early History of the Muston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Muston research. Another 184 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1373, 1094, 1207, 1326, 1473 and 1509 are included under the topic Early Muston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Muston Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Muston, Musson, Moucon, Mussen, Mustons, Mussin, Musin, Muson, Musten, Moussen, Mousson, Mussons, Mustain, Mustin and many more.

Early Notables of the Muston family (pre 1700)

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United States Muston migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Muston or a variant listed above:

Muston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hen Muston, who arrived in Virginia in 1669
Muston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Matthew Muston, his wife Mary and their son James, who were on record in Pensacola, Florida in 1769
  • Richard Joseph Muston, who settled in Maryland in 1771
Muston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Muston, who settled in New York in 1802

New Zealand Muston migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Muston Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Muston, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Muston (post 1700) +

  • Gerald Bruce "Ged" Muston (b. 1927), retired Australian Anglican bishop, Bishop of North West Australia (1981 -1992)
  • Beau Muston (b. 1987), Australian rules footballer who played for Hawthorn Football Club from 2009 to 2010


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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