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Where did the English Massie family come from? What is the English Massie family crest and coat of arms? When did the Massie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Massie family history?

Massie is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Massie family lived in Cheshire. Their name, however, is a reference to their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Macey in Manche, Normandy.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Massey, Massie, Macy, Macey and others.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Massie research. Another 309 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1619, 1674, 1646, 1674, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Massie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 93 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Massie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Massie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Massie or a variant listed above:

Massie Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Andrew Massie settled in New York, NY 1775
  • Andrew Massie, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1775

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  • Robert Kinloch Massie III (b. 1929), American historian, writer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize, and a Rhodes Scholar
  • Robert Kinloch "Bob" Massie (b. 1956), American Episcopal priest, politician, author, and social activist
  • Brandon Massie (b. 1987), American soccer player
  • Elizabeth Massie, American author
  • Nathaniel Massie (1763-1813), frontier surveyor in the Ohio Country
  • Suzanne Massie, American author
  • Jason Massie (b. 1984), English footballer
  • Paul Massie (1932-2011), award-winning Canadian actor
  • Allan Massie (b. 1938), Scottish journalist, sports writer and novelist
  • Hugh Hamon Massie (1854-1938), Australian cricketer

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  • The Family of John Massie, 1743-c.1830, Revolutionary Patriot of Louisa County, Virginia by Mavis Parrott Kelsey.
  • A Massie Family History by Evelyn Hepworth Massie.
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  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Massie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Massie Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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