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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

(co. Suffolk). (Intwood Hall, co. Norfolk; descended from a family which possessed landed property in the parish of Haughleigh, co. Suffolk, temp. Henry VIII.). (Clippersby House, co. Norfolk). Ar. two bars betw. six lions' heads cabossed gu. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet or, a demi antelope sa. chained and ringed gold.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Muskett Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Muskett Origin:

England, France

Origins of Muskett:

According to the early recordings of the spelling of the name, this interesting and unique name was listed as Mushet, Mushett, Mushott, Muskett, and possibly more, this is an English surname, but one of old French origins. Probably brought after the famous Conquest of England by the Normans in 1066, it acquires from the word 'mouchet.' It later became 'mousquet' and was anglicized to 'musket.' It converts as 'Lytell Hauke.' Oddly, nearly all of the early firearms were named after the victim, and the 'musket' being a 'hawk' was an early example. However, the surname is from the bird, not the gun, and it was perhaps a metonymic name for a master of birds. An early example of the surname advancement was that of Robert Muschet in the pipe rolls of the city of Nottingham in the year 1200. Examples acquired from later remaining parish records from the city of London contain as Susan Muskett who named at St James Clerkenwell in June 1596, Ellinor Mushet who married William Sibby in January 1668, and William Muscott, an observer at St. Mary Whitechapel in November 1696.


More common variations are: Muskette, Musket, Maskett, Muskitt, Muskiet, Muskatt, Musketa, Miskett, Muskitta.


The origins of the surname Muskett appeared in Cheshire where people held a family seat from old times. Some say better before the invasion of Normans and the entrance of Duke William at Hastings 1066 A.D.

The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of Osketell Muschet, dated about 1177, in the "Pipe Rolls of Suffolk." It was during the time of King Henry II who was known to be the “The Builder of Churches," dated 1154-1189. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling variations of the original one.


Many of the people with surname Muskett had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Muskett landed in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 17th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Muskett who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Sarah Muskett settled in Virginia in 1670. William Muskett settled in Jamaica in 1679.

The following century saw more Muskett surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Muskett who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included John Muskett at the age of 34, arrived in Maryland in 1813.


Some of the individuals with the surname Muskett who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Mary Muskett at the age of 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent." Mary Muskett at the age of 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851.


Some of the population with the surname Muskett who arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century included Muskett arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1861.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Muskett: England 678; United States 272; South Africa 219; Australia 182; Canada 52; New Zealand 17; Argentina 3; Wales 2; Scotland 2; United Arab Emirates 1.

Notable People:

Jennie Muskett is a British Emmy-winning and Bafta film and TV writer. She has lived in London, South Africa, and LA and has lived with international fame as a writer for film and television, having written scores for Miramax, Paramount, Disney, IMAX, the BBC and much more.

Netta Muskett (born 1887 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England – May 1963 in Putney) was a British writer of more than 60 romance novels from 1927 to 1963. She also wrote under the pseudonym Anne Hill. Her novels were translated to many languages, such as Spanish, French, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, and Danish. She was co-founder and vice-president of the Romantic Novelists' Association, that produced the Netta Muskett Award for new authors, now called the RNA New Writers Scheme.

Muskett Coat of Arms Meaning

The three main devices (symbols) in the Muskett blazon are the lion’s head, bar and antelope. The two main tinctures (colors) are argent and gules.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 1. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 2.

Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”3. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 4. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).5

There can be no animal more clearly associated with Heraldry than the lion, majestic King of the Beasts.6 The head of the lion also appears alone on many coats of arms, but its use in this form is largely to enable a clear difference from similar arms that use the complete animal, and its significance should be taken to be the same as the lion entire, being a symbol of “deathless courage”. 7

The bar is a thin, horizontal stripe across the centre of the shield 8, usually in groups of two or three (any more and there would be confusion with barry, a treatment of horizontal lines of alternating colours). Bars can be a distinctive and easily recognised device, early examples include those awarded by Henry III of England to the family MAUDYT Argent, two bars gules.

The ibex or antelope was drawn by heraldic artists in rather more fearsome aspect than its real-life appearance, with large horns, mane and a long tail. 9 These days we regard the ibex as being a member of the goat family rather than an antelope, but in the middle ages there were was no real distinction between these animals. They could adopt many of the poses of the lion, such as rampant and statant. 10

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  • 1 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 2 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 3 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 4 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52
  • 5 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
  • 6 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 64
  • 7 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P59
  • 8 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Bar
  • 9 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Antelope
  • 10 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P210