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The ancestors of the Masson family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Masson is for a stone-mason. The name was originally derived from the Old English or Old French word masson. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


Masson Early Origins



The surname Masson was first found in various counties and shires throughout Britain but one of the oldest was found in Kent on the Isle of Thanet. One of the earliest records on the name was found in London c. 1130 when John Macun was listed there at that time. A few years later, Ace le mazun was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Herefordshire in 1193 and Roger le Mason was listed in Oxfordshire in 1200. The Feet of Fines of Essex lists Godrey le Mascun in 1203 and Adam le Machon was listed in the Assize Roles of Northumberland in 1279. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Gotte le Mazoun in Huntingdonshire; and Nicholas le Macun in Buckinghamshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Willelmus Mason, mason. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
About this time and perhaps before, Scotland had early listings of the name. They include: Richard the Mason, burgess of Aberdeen in 1271; John le Massum of Gascony who had claim against the bishop of St. Andrews in 1288; and William dictus Masceon who had a charter of land in the burgh of Berwick in 1307. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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Masson Spelling Variations


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Masson Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Mason, Masson and others.

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Masson Early History


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Masson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Masson research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1586, 1635, 1615, 1629, 1686, 1652, 1660, 1716, 1690, 1735, 1650, 1676, 1633, 1685, 1673, 1646, 1694, 1683 and 1770 are included under the topic Early Masson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Masson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Masson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Mason (1586-1635), born in King's Lynn, became Governor of Newfoundland in 1615, and was one of the founders of New Hampshire; George Mason I (1629-1686) from Pershore, Worcestershire, who arrived at Norfolk, Virginia on the ship Assurance in 1652, he was great-grandfather...

Another 105 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Masson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Masson In Ireland


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Masson In Ireland



Some of the Masson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words (11 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


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Masson or a variant listed above:

Masson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Masson, who landed in Maryland in 1660-1661
  • Richard Masson, who landed in Maryland in 1678
  • Jean Masson, who married Anne Greslon at Neuville, in 1699

Masson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Masson, aged 20, who settled in Virginia in 1700
  • William Masson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1705-1708
  • Pierre Masson, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Peter Masson, who landed in South Carolina in 1738
  • Mary Masson, who landed in South Carolina in 1738
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Masson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lewis Masson, who landed in Ohio in 1812
  • J Masson, aged 50, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847
  • A Masson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Ed Masson, aged 25, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1852
  • Mathew Masson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Masson Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Gilles Masson, who came to Québec, where he married Marie-Jeanne Gauthier in 1668
  • Jacques Masson, whose wedding to Jeanne Jousselot of Québec was in 1670

Masson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Pierre-Théodore Masson, who married Catherine Lemay at St-Laurent, Montreal in 1724

Masson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Masson arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Masson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Masson (post 1700)



  • Charles Masson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1956
  • Paul Masson (1859-1940), American (Burgundy born), pioneer of California viticulture and wine-making
  • Jean Augustin Masson, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Henri Masson, French Olympian who won a silver medal for fencing at the 1900 games
  • Paul Masson (1874-1944), French three time gold Olympic medalist for cycling track at the 1896 games
  • André-Aimé-René Masson (1896-1987), French painter and graphic artist
  • Frédéric Masson (1847-1923), French historian
  • Louis-Rodrigue Masson (1833-1903), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament (1867-1882), a Senator, and Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec
  • David Masson (1822-1907), Scottish historian

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I have hope.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. 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).
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Masson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Masson 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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