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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.

Masse Early Origins



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.

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Masse Spelling Variations


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Masse 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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Masse Early History


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Masse Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Masse research. Another 257 words (18 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.

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Masse Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Masse 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 Masse 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:

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
  • Philip Masse, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Masse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Maturin Masse, who landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Joh Georg Masse, who landed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1759
  • Bartholemew Masse, who arrived in New York in 1798

Masse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Masse, aged 30, who settled in New Orleans in 1821

Masse Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Pierre Masse, who landed in Montreal in 1714

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Contemporary Notables of the name Masse (post 1700)


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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
  • 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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    2. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Masse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Masse 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 9 April 2016 at 16:07.

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