Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Mr Bernard Musson
Bernard Dudley James MUSSON. Born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, on 21.02.1948. Retired teacher, currently living in Leicester, Leicestershire, England.
St.Mary de Castro, Leicester, where I was christened in 1948 :
I have always been fascinated by history, but for the last ten years this fascination has focused on family history, mainly the genealogy of the family name MUSSON.
I am a member of the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. I have profiles on both Ancestry & FindMyPast.
Leicestershire county, the main focus of my one name study:
Among the variants of MUSSON I have come across, though I think some are transcription errors more than variants are : MASSON, MASSEN, MISSON, MISSEN, MOSSON, MOSSEN, MUSSEN, MUSON, MUPSON, MUFSON and of coarse MUSTON.
MASSON is a Scottish surname and to my knowledge is not connected with the MUSSON name.
The MUSTON family name, although often found in the same vicinity as the MUSSON family name, may be an habitational name from the villages of Muston, found in Leicestershire and Yorkshire.
There appear to be two theories about the origin of the family name MUSSON :
The family name MUSSON can be found in Leicestershire Parish Records from the 1550s on. e.g. Beeby parish records, Erasmus MUSSON, baptized December 1590. (Possibly a 10x great,great grandfather or 10x great, great uncle)
In my study of the family name MUSSON in Leicestershire, England. There appear to be two main clusters, one around the villages and towns of north-east Leicestershire and one around the villages and towns of south-west Leicestershire.
This could fit with both theories of the MUSSON name origin. One of the clusters is certainly around the village of Muston in north-east Leicestershire. However both clusters can be associated with the Norman occupation of Leicestershire. One cluster in the area of the Norman castle and manors of Belvoir, in north-east Leicestershire and the other cluster in the area of the Norman castle and manors of Hinckley, in south-west Leicestershire. The later being founded by Hugh de Grantmesnil (1032 - 1098) companion of William the Conqueror. Hugh fought at the Battle of Hastings, 1066 and was given by William the Conqueror, 65 manors in Leicestershire.
The family name MUSSON is found today in France and would love to hear from any French MUSSONs who have any information on the family name.
This is very much a work in progress and I am unsure of the validity of this analysis. More data to be added with time.
Leicestershire Parishes. Occurrence of the name MUSSON by the number of found parish baptisms records :
16. Ab Kettleby cum Holwell, found 16 bap. Earliest 1798 & latest 1875.
06. Ashby De La Zouche, found 6 bap. Earliest 1680 & latest 1914.
10. Ashby Magna, found 10 bap. Earliest 1599 & latest 1646.
06. Aylestone, found 6 bap. Earliest 1730 & latest 1912.
04. Barkby, found 4 bap. Earliest 1776 & latest 1805.
29. Barkestone, found 29 bap. Earliest 1757 & latest 1870.
50. Barrow upon Soar, found 50 bap. Earliest 1744 & latest 1914.
02. Barwell, found 2 bap. Earliest 1861 & latest 1863.
37. Beeby, found 37 bap. Earliest 1586 & latest 1767.
From my research I have noted a migration of MUSSON out of Leicestershire, north and east into Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. South and west into Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Oxfordshire. The name MUSSON from both Leicestershire clusters also migrated to London and South-east England. This is not to suggest that the name MUSSON was not already established in these areas, just that I have found MUSSONs moving to these areas from Leicestershire, in the 19th and 20th centuries.
There appears to have been a two way flow of MUSSON, Leicestershire - Northamptonshire - Rutland, in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Also noted migration of the MUSSON from rural to urban areas in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Found evidence of movement to the cities of : Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Peterborough, Birmingham, Manchester and London.
Also evidence of overseas migration of MUSSON name to USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Western Europe = 30%
England = 29%
Ireland-Scotland-Wales = 24%
Scandinavia = 13%
Others (minor traces) = 2%
Finland-Northwest Russia = 1%
Southern Europe = 1%
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