NOTES ON SURNAMES (HULL) 37

MUSSARED Paul Reaney’s Dictionary lists this surname as a variant of Mussard, a more common name found mainly in the south of England. Both names, according to the same source, are from the Old French musard, meaning “absent minded, stupid”. Early examples are one Hascoit Musard in the Domesday Book, and Alfricus Musard, 1134-40, in Norfolk.
Hascoit Musard appears in the Domesday Book as a large landowner with land in several counties. A Hugo Musardus is also listed in Domesday as a landowner in Lincolnshire.
Raufe de Musard, knight, temp. Edward III, (1327-77), possibly 1347.

A family surnamed Mussard is recorded at Spilsby, Lincolnshire in the late 16th century.
The spelling Mussared is recorded in Hull in 1855 when John Mussared married Mary Ann Mussin at Holy Trinity.

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