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Origins Available: English
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
in 1066, Macey in Manche, Normandy.
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." 
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." 
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." 
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.
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.
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
Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Massey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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
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
Massey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Wm 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
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
- 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
- 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
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
- James Massey, English Convict from Liverpool, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
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
- 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
- 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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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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