Masse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Masse family

The surname Masse 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.

Throughout the centuries, this family prospered and branched to several regions where members became prominent citizens of their respective areas. As a result of their prominence in society, the family members formed many alliances with other powerful families of the times and in this way, property and titles were exchanged according to the pacts.

From Lombardie, the family branched to Provence and by 1667 they were granted the titles of Lords of Rustrel, of Chauvet, of Serluc and of La Rouvière.

François Masse, born in 1722, son of Richard and Jeanne (née Jordan), travelled from Normandy to New France in the 18th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Marthe Paradis, born in 1718, at Rivière-Ouelle on 12th January 1745. They settled together in Rivière-Ouelle until his death on 27th May 1782. [1]

Early History of the Masse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Masse research. Another 48 words (3 lines of text) covering the year 1667 is included under the topic Early Masse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Masse Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Masse, Masses, Massey, Massait, Massaie, Massaies, Massé, Masser, Massée and many more.

Early Notables of the Masse family (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 had to move to Bar Harbor, Maine; and Henri de Massue, 2nd Marquis de Ruvigny, afterward Earl of Galway PC (1648-1720), a French Huguenot soldier...
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United States Masse migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Masse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Enemond Masse who settled in Maine in 1613
  • Alex Masse who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Alexander Masse, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [2]
  • Philip Masse, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [2]
Masse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Maturin Masse, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [2]
  • Joh Georg Masse, who landed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1759 [2]
  • Bartholemew Masse, who arrived in New York in 1798 [2]
Masse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Masse, aged 30, who settled in New Orleans in 1821

Canada Masse migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Masse Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jacques Masse, son of Jacques and Philippe, who married Marie-Catherine Guillet, daughter of Pierre and Jeanne, in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec on 18th November 1669 [3]
  • Denis Masse, son of Pierre and Marie, who married Catherine Pinel, daughter of Gilles and Anne, in Quebec on 17th October 1671 [3]
  • Pierre Masse, son of Pierre and Marie, who married Catherine-Jacques Pain, daughter of Marin and Olive, in Quebec on 15th February 1676 [3]
  • Guillaume Masse, son of Pierre and Marie, who married Madeleine Amiot, daughter of Jean and Marguerite, in Quebec on 7th November 1696 [3]
Masse Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Louis Masse, son of Jacques and Catherine, who married Catherine Provencher, daughter of Sébastien and Marguerite, in Quebec on 2nd August 1702 [3]
  • Jean Masse, son of Jacques and Jeanne, who married Marie Baudet, daughter of Laurent and Marguerite, in La Prairie, Quebec on 12th February 1703 [3]
  • Denis Masse, son of Pierre and Catherine-Jacqueline, who married Françoise-Catherine Chevalier, daughter of Étienne and Marie-Anne-Claude, in Sainte-Foy, Quebec on 16th August 1708 [3]
  • Claude Masse, son of Martin and Marie-Thérèse, who married Jeanne Hayet, daughter of Jean and Catherine, in Varennes, Quebec on 27th November 1713 [3]
  • Pierre Masse, who landed in Montreal in 1714
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Masse (post 1700) +

  • William Arthur Masse (b. 1966), American gold medalist baseball outfielder at the 1988 Summer Olympics
  • J. Ludger Masse, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Cumberland County, 1921-22 [4]
  • Jean Baptiste Masse (1700-1757), French composer and violoncello player
  • Victor Massé (1822-1884), French composer
  • Dany Massé (b. 1988), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Arthur Massé (b. 1894), independent liberal member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Marcel Massé PC, OC, QC (b. 1940), Canadian former politician and civil servant


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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