Massey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Massey family

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]

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]

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]

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.

Early History of the Massey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Massey research. Another 157 words (11 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Massey family (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...
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Ireland Migration of the Massey family to Ireland

Some of the Massey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Massey migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Salem in 1630
  • Jeffrey Massey, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1634 [3]
  • Edward Massey, who 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 [3]
  • Sarah Massey, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1710-1711 [3]
  • Anne Massey, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [3]
  • Leigh Massey, who landed in Maryland in 1722 [3]
  • Lee Massey, who arrived in Virginia in 1766 [3]
  • ... (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, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [3]
  • John Massey, who arrived in Texas in 1830 [3]
  • James Massey, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1854 [3]

Canada Massey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [4]
  • 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 [4]
  • 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 [4]
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
  • Ms. Ann Massey who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Ninian" departing 13th April 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but she died on board [5]
  • Mr. William Massey, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Ninian" departing 13th April 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but he died on board [5]

Australia Massey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Massey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Massey, (b. 1811), aged 23, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1835 [6]
  • Mr. John Massey, British Convict who was convicted in Shropshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [7]
  • Mr. James Massey, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Mr. Joseph Massey, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 8th December 1839, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Leah Massey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Massey migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Massey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Massey, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Earl of Lonsdale" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand on 11th April 1841 [11]
  • Mr. James Massey, (b. 1802), aged 45, British settler born in England arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [12]
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Massey née Washington, (b. 1805), aged 42, British settler born in England travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [12]
  • Miss Mary Ann Massey, (b. 1830), aged 17, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [12]
  • Miss Rebecca Massey, (b. 1832), aged 15, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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) [13]
  • Edith Massey (1918-1984), American actress and singer
  • James Lee Massey (1934-2013), American information theorist and cryptographer, Professor Emeritus of Digital Technology at ETH Zurich
  • Ilona Massey (1910-1974), American film, stage and radio performer
  • Athena Massey (b. 1971), American television and film actress [14]
  • David Massey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Kentucky State House of Representatives 83rd District, 1975 [15]
  • C. E. Massey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1924 [15]
  • Benjamin Franklin Massey (1811-1879), American politician, Delegate to Missouri State Constitutional Convention 22nd District, 1845-46; Secretary of State of Missouri, 1857-61 [15]
  • ... (Another 36 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Massey +

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

  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. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 85)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  8. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 23rd August 2020, Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie)
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) Clyde Massey. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Massey/Clyde/USA.html
  14. ^ Athena Massey. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Athena Massey. Retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003182/
  15. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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