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The distinguished surname Mass can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Piedmont. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Piedmont is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Mass came from the first-name Maso, which is the short form of the personal name Tommaso. The name Tommaso, or Thomas, is itself derived from the Aramaic "toma" which means "twin".

Mass Early Origins



The surname Mass was first found in Piedmont (Italian: Piemonte, Piedmontese and Occitan: Piemont) in the 13th century where early records show the Masini family, decedents of a long line of counts, lived and whose members included Oddone, elected captain of the commune in 1284, and Oddonnino, governor of a town, Vercelli, in 1290.

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Mass Spelling Variations


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Mass Spelling Variations



Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Mass include Masella, Maselli, Masellis, Masetti, Masetto, Masi, Masiello, Masillo, Masin, Masina, Masini, Masino, Masiol, Maso, Masolini, Masolo, Mason, Masoni, Masotti, Masselli, Massetti, Massini, Masucci, Masuccio, Masulli, Masullo, Masutti, Masutto and many more.

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Mass Early History


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Mass Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mass research. More information is included under the topic Early Mass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mass Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mass Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was members of the Mass family from the Piedmontese tradition include Tommaso Guidi Masaccio, who was born in 1401, and is a painter known as the Father of Modern Art. He was a member of the Florentine school, and has works from the Medieval and...

Another 122 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mass Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Immigrants bearing the name Mass or a variant listed above include:

Mass Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Mass, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Freiderick Mass, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Jacob Mass, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Johan Adam Mass, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Johannes Mass, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1767

Mass Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mariette Mass, aged 50, landed in New York in 1849
  • Antoine Mass, aged 8, landed in New York in 1849
  • Vutro Mass, aged 54, landed in New York in 1849
  • D Mass, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Pierre Mass, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mass Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • F A Mass, who arrived in Mississippi in 1906

Mass Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Mass, aged 57, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Mercator" from Sunderland, England
  • Ann Mass, aged 67, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Mercator" from Sunderland, England
  • Anthony Mass, aged 28, a pitman, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Mercator" from Sunderland, England
  • Mary Ann Mass, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Mercator" from Sunderland, England
  • Mary Mass, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Mercator" from Sunderland, England
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mass (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mass (post 1700)



  • Vincent T. Mass, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 15th District, 1968
  • Mike Mass, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 2000
  • Ken E. Mass, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 2000, 2008
  • Isaac Mass, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 2008
  • Ernest Mass, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    9. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    10. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    11. ...

    The Mass Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mass 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 22 October 2015 at 09:52.

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