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The Masters family name dates back to 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England introduced a plethora of new names and words into Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was 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.

Masters Early Origins



The surname Masters 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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Masters Spelling Variations


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Masters Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Master, Masters, Mosters, Measter, DeMaster and many more.

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Masters Early History


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Masters Early History



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

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Masters Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Masters 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 Masters 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



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Masters or a variant listed above:

Masters Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Masters, aged 21, arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • Jo Masters, aged 23, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Michaell Masters, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Nathaniel Masters, who arrived in New England in 1659
  • Rich Masters, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Masters Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Bunnet Masters, who landed in New York in 1828

Masters Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Masters, a cooper, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Masters arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  • Elizabeth Masters arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  • Thomas Masters arrived in Kangaroo Bay aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  • Thomas Masters arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dumfries" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUMFRIES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Dumfries.gif
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Masters Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Arthur Masters landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Joseph Masters landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Arthur Masters, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Charlotte Masters, aged 31, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Ann Masters, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Masters (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Masters (post 1700)



  • Lisa Lynn Masters (1963-2016), American actress, known for her roles on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,[2] Ugly Betty and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • George L. Masters, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Boonville, Indiana, 1878-85
  • Frank Masters, American Democrat politician, Chair of McDonald County Democratic Party, 1949
  • Elmond B. Masters, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1996
  • Edward Eugene Masters (b. 1924), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, 1976-77; Indonesia, 1977
  • Earle W. Masters, American Republican politician, Mayor of Maumee, Ohio; Elected 1927; Defeated in primary, 1931, 1933
  • E. H. Masters, American politician, Mayor of Beaverton, Oregon, 1943-45
  • Donald J. Masters, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 10th District, 1937-42
  • Anthony J. Masters, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from 5th Senatorial District, 1961
  • H. W. Masters, American politician, Mayor of Norman, Oklahoma, 1954
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Masters Historic Events


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Masters Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Gordon H T Masters (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Shoreham, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Frederick Charles Masters, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUMFRIES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Dumfries.gif

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. 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.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Masters Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Masters 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 18 November 2016 at 12:46.

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