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The name Mast is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Mast was a Norman name used for a person who behaved in a masterful manner. This was also an occupational name for a person who was the master of his craft deriving from the Old French word maistre, and the Old English word maister.


The surname Mast was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Master, Masters, Mosters, Measter, DeMaster and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mast research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1600, 1662, 1627, 1624, 1680, 1660, 1637, 1680, 1627, 1684, 1610, 1691, 1639, 1640, 1653, 1661, 1679, 1687, 1663, 1710, 1685, 1690, 1675, 1720 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Mast History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Streynsham Master; Sir William Master (1600-1662) was an English politician, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1627; his son Thomas Master (1624-1680), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660; John Master (1637-c.1680), an English physician; William Master (1627-1684)...

Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mast Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Mast name or one of its variants:

Mast Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Dorothy Mast, who arrived in Maryland in 1660

Mast Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Mast, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Johannes Mast, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Christoph Mast, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Moritz Mast, who arrived in America in 1778
  • Juste Mast, who landed in New York, NY in 1782

Mast Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • August F Mast, who arrived in West Virginia in 1833
  • John Mast, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • John A Mast, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1846
  • Frederick Mast, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846
  • Christian Mast, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1846
  • ...

  • Yates Mast, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 23rd District, 1974
  • Sharon Mast, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1996 (alternate), 2000, 2004, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Washington, 2008
  • J. M. Mast, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1928
  • Frank Mast, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Armstrong County, 1891-96
  • D. P. Mast, American politician, Mayor of Winston, North Carolina, 1876, 1890-92; Resigned 1876
  • C. L. Mast, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1956

  • The Jacob S. Kurtz Family by Lydia Kurtz Baer.
  • Descendants of Emanuel J. Miller and Magdalena Weaver by Eli D. Mast.

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: Non minor est virtus quam quaerere parta tueri
Motto Translation: It is no less an achievement to keep possession than to acquire it.


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    Other References

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    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. 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).
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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    The Mast Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Mast 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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