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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Massa 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 Massa 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.

Massa Early Origins



The surname Massa 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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Massa Spelling Variations


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Massa 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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Massa Early History


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Massa Early History



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

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Massa Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Massa 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 Massa 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:

Massa Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Margaretha Massa, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738

Massa Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lucca Massa, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • P Massa, aged 22, landed in New Orleans, La in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Massa (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Massa (post 1700)



  • Gordon Richard Massa (1935-2016), American Major League Baseball player for the Chicago Cubs (1957-1958)
  • Eric James Joseph Massa (b. 1959), American politician, former U.S. Representative for the 29th Congressional District of New York
  • William Massa (b. 1921), American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, 1985
  • Peter C. Massa, American politician, Mayor of North Arlington, New Jersey, 2007
  • Gloria Massa, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972
  • Dominic J. Massa, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Nassau County 4th District, 1944
  • Edgardo Massa (b. 1981), retired tennis player from Argentina
  • Giuseppe Massa (b. 1948), retired Italian professional football player
  • Mario Massa (1892-1956), Italian freestyle swimmer who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Geofrey Massa (b. 1986), Ugandan footballer
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    6. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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    The Massa Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Massa 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 8 August 2016 at 10:29.

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