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The name Massey arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Massey family lived in Cheshire. Their name, however, is a reference to their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Macey in Manche, Normandy.

Massey Early Origins



The surname Massey was first found in Cheshire where the one of the first records of the name was "Hugh Massie, who married Agnes, daughter and heir of Nicholas Bold, of Coddington. Their son William purchased the manor of Coddington in the eighteenth of Henry VI." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
A branch of the family held a family seat at Backford since early times. "During a great part of the 13th and 14th centuries, the manor [of Backford] was held by the Masseys, of Timperley; about the year 1580 it was sold to Thomas Aldersey." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Birkenhead in Cheshire was another ancient family seat. "A priory for sixteen Benedictine monks was founded [in Birkenhead] about 1150, in honour of St. Mary and St. James, by Hamon de Massey, third Baron of Dunham-Massey." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Little is known of Hamon de Massey other than he held manors of Agden, Baguley, Bowdon, Dunham, Hale and Little Bollington. He is thought to have born in La Ferté-Macé, in the Orne department in north-western France.

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Massey Spelling Variations


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Massey Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Massey, Massie, Macy, Macey and others.

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Massey Early History


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Massey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Massey research. Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1619, 1674, 1646, 1674, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Massey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Massey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Massey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Edward Massey ( c. 1619-1674), fifth son of John Massey of Coddington, an English soldier and politician who sat in the House of...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Massey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Massey In Ireland


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Massey In Ireland



Some of the Massey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Massey or a variant listed above were:

Massey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jeffrey Massey who settled in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1620
  • Jeffrey Massey who settled in Plymouth in 1629
  • Jeffrey Massey settled in Salem in 1630
  • Jeffrey Massey, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Edward Massey settled in Virginia in 1634
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Massey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Massey, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Sarah Massey, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1710-1711
  • Anne Massey, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Leigh Massey, who landed in Maryland in 1722
  • Lee Massey, who arrived in Virginia in 1766
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Massey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mathew Massey, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • John Massey, who arrived in Texas in 1830
  • James Massey, aged 22, landed in New York in 1854

Massey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Jonathan Massey U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 271 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Ann Massey U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 318 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William Massey U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 280 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Massey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Massey, who arrived in Canada in 1836
  • Isaiah Frederic Massey, who arrived in Canada in 1840

Massey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Leah Massey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  • James Massey, English Convict from Liverpool, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Massey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Massey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • Rachel Massey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • Fred Massey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • John Massey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • Catherine Massey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Massey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Massey (post 1700)



  • Jimmy Massey (1929-2015), American NASCAR Grand National driver who competed in 51 races from 1955 to 1964
  • Lawrence "Lew" Massey (1956-2014), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Brigadier-General Clyde Massey (1902-1990), American Chief Quartermaster, Army Forces Western Pacific (1945-1946)
  • Edith Massey (1918-1984), American actress and singer
  • Hattie L. Massey (b. 1934), American Republican politician, Candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors, 1988
  • Horace Massey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1968, 1972
  • James Everard Massey Jr., American politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate from York County, 1939-40
  • Mrs. L. C. Massey, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Kanawha County, 1934
  • Lewis Massey, American Democrat politician, Secretary of State of Georgia, 1996-98
  • Marcia Massey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 2008
  • ... (Another 35 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Massey


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Suggested Readings for the name Massey



  • Descendants of Arthur Massey, Cheraws District, South Carolina by Carmae Massey Smith.
  • The Masseys of Grenadier Island by Elizabeth C. Meilahn.

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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  11. ...

The Massey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Massey 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.

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