This unusual name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is a locational surname from either of the places called "Mucklestone" in Staffordshire and in Shropshire. The placename in Staffordshire is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Moclestone" and in the Fines Court Records of the county as "Mukleston" in 1221. The meaning of the placename is "Mucel's settlement", derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Mucel", with "tun", meaning a homestead, settlement or village. The name development has included Richard Mugleston (1560, Derbyshire), Matthew Muglestone (1565, London), Margret Mogglestone (1583, ibid) and Edward Muccleston, (1592, Oxford). The modern name can be found as Muggleston(e) and Mugleston(e). William Mugglestone was married to Eliza Bookham in Canterbury, Kent in 1677. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Margaret Muggleston, married John Cole, which was dated 14th April 1550, St. Margarets, Westminster, during the reign of King Edward VI, The Boy King, 1547 - 1553. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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