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Where did the English Muster family come from? What is the English Muster family crest and coat of arms? When did the Muster family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Muster family history?The Muster 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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Mustard, Mostart, Mussard, Moussard, Moussart and others.
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,  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.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Muster Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Muster Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Muster Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Muster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Muster Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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