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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Massé family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. The Massé surname derives from the Old French word "masse," which refers to the heavy metal tipped war club called a mace; and as such was thought to have been an occupational name for a soldier who carried a mace. The surname may also have been taken on from any of several places with names such as Masse, LaMasse, Massé.

Massé Early Origins



The surname Massé was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where this celebrated family has held a family seat from ancient times.

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Massé Spelling Variations


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Massé Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Masse, Masses, Massey, Massait, Massaie, Massaies, Massé, Masser, Massée and many more.

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Massé Early History


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Massé Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Massé research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1667 is included under the topic Early Massé History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Massé Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Massé Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable in the family name at this time was Énemond Massé (1574-1646), French Jesuit missionary from Lyon who arrived in Acadia with Pierre Biard in 1608, but later...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Massé Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Massé Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Enemond Masse who settled in Maine in 1613
  • Alex Masse who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Alexander Masse, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Philip Masse, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Massé Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Maturin Masse, who landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Joh Georg Masse, who landed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1759
  • Bartholemew Masse, who arrived in New York in 1798

Massé Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Masse, aged 30, who settled in New Orleans in 1821

Massé Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Pierre Masse, who landed in Montreal in 1714

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Contemporary Notables of the name Massé (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Massé (post 1700)



  • William Arthur Masse (b. 1966), American gold medalist baseball outfielder at the 1988 Summer Olympics
  • J. Ludger Masse, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Cumberland County, 1921-22
  • Jean Baptiste Masse (1700-1757), French composer and violoncello player
  • Victor Massé (1822-1884), French composer
  • Dany Massé (b. 1988), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Arthur Massé (b. 1894), independent liberal member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Marcel Massé PC, OC, QC (b. 1940), Canadian former politician and civil servant

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    10. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    11. ...

    The Massé Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Massé 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.

    This page was last modified on 9 April 2016 at 16:07.

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