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Early Origins of the Masterman family

The surname Masterman was first found in Cambridge where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when Richard Masterman held estates.

Early History of the Masterman family

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Masterman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Masterman, Mausterman, Misterman, Maysterman and others.

Early Notables of the Masterman family (pre 1700)

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United States Masterman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Masterman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Masterman, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [1]
  • Thomas Masterman, who arrived in Maryland in 1679-1680 [1]

Australia Masterman migration to Australia +

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

Masterman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Masterman (post 1700) +

  • Ralph C. Masterman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1952 [3]
  • Beth Masterman, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980 [3]
  • Walter "Sydney" Masterman (1876-1946), English author of mystery, fantasy, horror and science fiction from Wimbledon, London
  • Wallace Masterman (1888-1965), English footballer who played from 1910 to 1921
  • Sir John Cecil Masterman OBE (1891-1977), English academic, sportsman and author, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and noted tennis player
  • Right Rev John Howard Bertram Masterman (1867-1933), English prelate, the first Anglican Bishop of Plymouth from 1923 to 1933, brother of Arthur Masterman
  • Miss Jessica Layla Masterman M.B.E., British Corporal for The Logistic Corps was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017
  • Margaret Masterman (1910-1986), British linguist and philosopher
  • Jeff Masterman, former Australian professional rugby league footballer for New South Wales and the Australian National Team in 1981
  • Dr Arthur Thomas Masterman FRSE FRS (1869-1941), British zoologist and author from Rotherfield Hall, Sussex
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. 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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from on Facebook