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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
The name MacMaster was first used centuries ago in the region that was once the Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was a name for 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.
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.
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents MacMaster has been spelled MacMaster, McMaster, M'Master, Mac a' Mhaighstir (Gaelic) and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacMaster research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1433 and 1498 are included under the topic Early MacMaster History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early MacMaster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the MacMaster family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The MacMaster were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
MacMaster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
MacMaster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
MacMaster Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
MacMaster Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
MacMaster Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: MacAonghais a-rithist
Motto Translation: Again MacInnes
The MacMaster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacMaster 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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