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Mutchler is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mutchler family lived in Essex. The name, however, is a reference to Montfitchett in Calvados, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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The surname Mutchler was first found in Essex at Stansted Mountfitchet, a village and civil parish in the union of Bishop-Stortford that dates back to the Domesday Book when it was listed as Stanesteda. By c.1290, the village was known as Stansted Mounfichet from the Muntfichet (Montfitchet) family who resided there since the 12th century. [1] However, other records date back further revealing Robert Gernon Montfitchet holding lands there at the time of the Conquest that included a castle, of which there are still some remains. Another source claims the name is "descended from Robert Gernon, a great tenant in [the] Domesday [Book]. His son, according to Morant, took this name from the castle of Stanstead, county Essex, from the raised mount which he there constructed. " [2]

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Muschat, Muschet, Montfichett, Montfiquet and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mutchler research. Another 357 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1296 and 1312 are included under the topic Early Mutchler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Mutchler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Mutchler or a variant listed above:

Mutchler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Christine K Mutchler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • John Mutchler, who arrived in Mississippi in 1857
  • Cornelius Mutchler, who landed in Iowa in 1888

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  • William Mutchler (1831-1893), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1875-77, 1881-85, 1889-93
  • Valentine Mutchler, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Warren County, 1872-74
  • Samuel B. Mutchler, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Warren County, 1887-89
  • Howard Mutchler (1859-1916), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 8th District, 1893-95, 1901-03; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1896
  • Herman Mutchler, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1872
  • Harry W. Mutchler, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Morris County, 1917-18
  • Harold L. Mutchler, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1936


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. 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.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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