The name Macmaster comes from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada, where it was used to indicate someone who worked as a cleric. The Middle Gaelic word magisder
is borrowed from the Latin magister.
The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac a Mhaighstir,
which means son of the Master.
Early Origins of the Macmaster family
The surname Macmaster was first found in Ardgour
(Scottish Gaelic: Ard Ghobhar, meaning Height of the goats), where they were anciently derived from members of the Clan
MacInnes, who changed their name.
Early History of the Macmaster family
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Macmaster Spelling Variations
Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. In various documents Macmaster has been spelled MacMaster, McMaster, M'Master, Mac a' Mhaighstir (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the Macmaster family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Macmaster family to Ireland
Some of the Macmaster family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Macmaster family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Macmaster, or a variant listed above:
Macmaster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Elizabeth MacMaster, who sailed to New York in 1774
- Elizabeth Macmaster, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1774 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Macmaster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Wm. Macmaster, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1894
Macmaster Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Dora MacMaster, aged 25, who settled in America from Belfast, in 1905
- John MacMaster, aged 41, who immigrated to America from Leslie, Scotland, in 1907
- Archibald Macmaster, aged 45, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
- Henry Vere Macmaster, aged 32, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913
- Donald Macmaster, aged 56, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1914
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Macmaster Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Angus MacMaster migrated from Lochaber, Inverness to Inverness County, Nova Scotia in 1802
- William MacMaster (1811-1887), born in County Tyrone was the founder of the University of Toronto
Macmaster Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Charles Adolphus MacMaster, aged 66, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1919
Contemporary Notables of the name Macmaster (post 1700)
- Erasmus D. MacMaster D.D. (1806-1866), American Presbyterian pastor, academic and theologian, President of Hanover College and Miami University
- John Bach MacMaster (1852-1932), American historian
- Mary Macmaster (b. 1955), Scottish harpist, known for her work with The Poozies and the duo Sileas
- Kenneth "Ken" MacMaster (b. 1934), Canadian politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1977 to 1981
- Daniel Stewart MacMaster (1968-2008), Canadian singer, lead vocalist for the Canadian/British hard rock band Bonham
- Sir Donald Macmaster KC (1846-1922), 1st Baronet, Canadian lawyer and a politician
- Hugh Alan "Buddy" MacMaster CM, ONS (1924-2014), Canadian fiddle player, known as King of the Jigs, uncle of Natalie MacMaster
- Allan MacMaster (b. 1974), Canadian politician in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
- Natalie MacMaster CM (b. 1973), Canadian two-time Juno Award winning fiddler from Inverness County, Nova Scotia
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)