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Mizen Coat of Arms / Mizen Family Crest

Mizen Coat of Arms / Mizen Family Crest

This name MIZEN was originally brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion, from Germany in 1086. The name was originally spelt as Muizen. In England MIZEN was a locational name 'of Misson' a parish near Bawtry in County Nottinghamshire. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village in early times, has served to name many families. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land.

Early records of the name mention Hugo Mussun, County Nottingham, during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). George Thomas Misen was baptised at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in 1753. George Mussen married Ann Mathews at St. George's Chapel in 1780. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped garment which enveloped him. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066. They are to be found in the Domesday Book of 1086. Those of gentler blood assumed surnames at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that second names became general practice for all people.

The name is also spelt Misen and Musson.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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