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

Masser Early Origins



The surname Masser 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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Masser Spelling Variations


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Masser 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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Masser Early History


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Masser Early History



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

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Masser Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Masser 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 Masser 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:

Masser Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Masser who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Thomas Masser, who arrived in Virginia in 1650

Masser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Masser, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Jacob Masser, who arrived in America in 1748
  • Leonard Masser, who landed in Maryland in 1749
  • Samuel Masser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johann Jacob Masser, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Masser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christina Masser, who landed in Ohio in 1840
  • Gertrude Masser, who landed in North America in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Masser (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Masser (post 1700)



  • Michael William Masser (1941-2015), American songwriter, composer and producer of popular music, best known for "Saving All My Love for You"and "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)"

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    11. ...

    The Masser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Masser 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 13 July 2015 at 16:07.

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