From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Massee 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 Massee 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 Massee family
The surname Massee 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.
Early History of the Massee family
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Massee Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Masse, Masses, Massey, Massait, Massaie, Massaies, Massé, Masser, Massée and many more.
Early Notables of the Massee 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... Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Massee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Massee family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Massee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Massee, who arrived in New York in 1824 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Massee (post 1700)
- Michael Massee (1955-2016), American actor, perhaps best known for his role as The Gentleman in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man and his reprise in The Amazing Spider-Man 2