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In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Maas, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived in a place called Mar, which was in the county of Aberdeen. It may come from the Old Norse word marr, which was an extremely rare word, that was usually associated with the sea, but sometimes referred to a marsh or a fen. In this sense, Maas would be a habitational name.

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The surname Maas was first found in Yorkshire, 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.

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Maas has been spelled Marr, Mar, Marre, Mare and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maas research. Another 394 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1296, and 1353 are included under the topic Early Maas History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Maas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Maas:

Maas Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Andreas Maas, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Sebastian Maas, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752

Maas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Carsten Maas, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Joh Gerh Maas, who arrived in America in 1836
  • Bemh Heinr Maas, aged 46, arrived in America in 1838
  • Ortwin Maas, who landed in America in 1844
  • Johann Gottlieb Maas, aged 67, arrived in America in 1845


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  • Chris Maas, American canoe sailor
  • Greg Maas (b. 1966), retired U.S. soccer goalkeeper
  • Ernest Maas (1892-1986), American silent-era screenwriter
  • Willard Maas (1906-1971), American experimental film maker and poet
  • Frederica Alexandrina Sagor Maas (b. 1900), American playwright, screenwriter, memoirist and author
  • Melvin Joseph Maas (1898-1964), U.S. Representative from Minnesota
  • Kevin Christian Maas (b. 1965), former American Major League Baseball player
  • William Thomas Maas (b. 1962), former American Football defensive tackle
  • Peter Maas (1929-2001), American journalist and author
  • Jason Maas (b. 1975), American gridiron football quarterback

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