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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.

Master Early Origins



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.

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Master Spelling Variations


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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.

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Master Early History


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Master Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Master 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 Master History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Master Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Master Early Notables (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)...

Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Master Notables 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



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, landed in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1840
  • Joseph Master, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1850

Master Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Master, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Master Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Master, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"

Master Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W. Master arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857

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Contemporary Notables of the name Master (post 1700)


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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

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Master Historic Events


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Master Historic Events




Flight 191

  • J J Master, American passenger from Chicago, Illinois, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

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Suggested Readings for the name Master


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Suggested Readings for the name Master



  • The Masters Family of Ithaca, N.Y. by Arthur C. Downs.

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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: 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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Master Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    10. 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).
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    The Master Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Master 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.

    This page was last modified on 22 October 2015 at 09:54.

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