Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a son of a substantial landholder who employed laborers to work his lands. The surname Maisterson is derived from the Old English word maister. This word comes from the Old French word maistre, which in turn is derived from the Latin word magister, which means master. The surname Maisterson also features the common patronymic suffix -son, which was most popular in the north of England and superseded other patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.
Early Origins of the Maisterson family
Cheshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Maisterson family
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Maisterson Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Maisterson have been found, including Masterson, Mesterson, Masterstone and others.
Early Notables of the Maisterson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Maisterson family to Ireland
Some of the Maisterson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Maisterson family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Maisterson surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: Mary Masterson and her husband settled in Plymouth in 1629; Mary, Nathaniel, Richard, Sarah Masterson settled in Plymouth 1629; Bridget, Hannah and James Masterson settled in Boston in 1849.
The Maisterson Motto
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: Pro Deo et rege
Motto Translation: For God and the king.
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