Musgrave Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Musgrave Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Musgrave

The ancient history of the name Musgrave was found in the archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Musgrave
include Musgrove and Musgraves. These names originate with Baron Musgrave whose ancestors arrived into England with William the Conqueror in the eleventh century. The Emperor of Germany is later said to have agreed a marriage of his daughter to Baron Musgrave after the latter won a contest of skill. By successfully aiming his spear into a ring he won not only his new bride but also six annulets which have since appeared on the family coat of arms. From England the name spread throughout Wales and Scotland and eventually into Ireland . The Irish bearers of the name settled in Ulster Province having arrived their from Westmoreland. They later became prominent in COunty Wexford.
The Musgrave coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Musgrave descendants.
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