Master History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Master surname, of Norman ancestry, was a name given to 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.
Early Origins of the Master family
The surname Master 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.
Early History of the Master family
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Master Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Master, Masters, Mosters, Measter, DeMaster and many more.
Early Notables of the Master family (pre 1700)
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), an English divine and writer; Sir Edward Master(s) (1610-1691), an English politician...
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Master migration to the United States +
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Master or a variant listed above:
Master Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Edward Master, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 
Master Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Christopher Master, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762 
- Moritz Master, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764 
- John Master, who landed in Virginia in 1790 
Master Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Elizabeth Master, who landed in Long Island in 1812 
- Emma Master, aged 18, who landed in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1840 
- Joseph Master, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1850 
Master migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Master Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Isaac Master, who arrived in Canada in 1831
Master migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Master Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Master, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" 
Master 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:
Master Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. H. Master, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Merchantman' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand and Auckland New Zealand on 6th September 1855 
- Mrs. Master, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Merchantman' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand and Auckland New Zealand on 6th September 1855 
- W. Master, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
Contemporary Notables of the name Master (post 1700) +
- Sheridan F. Master (b. 1869), American politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 9th Circuit, 1905; U.S. Surveyor of Customs, 1909 
- Master Francke (1380-1440), German painter
Historic Events for the Master family +
- J J Master, American passenger from Chicago, Illinois, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash 
Related Stories +
The Master 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: Non minor est virtus quam quaerere parta tueri
Motto Translation: It is no less an achievement to keep possession than to acquire it.
Suggested Readings for the name Master +
- 788 The Masters Family of Ithaca, N.Y. by Arthur C. Downs.
- ^ 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)
- ^ South Australian Register Thursday 20 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SHACKAMAXON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/shackamaxon1853.shtml.
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area