Masterson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name Masterson have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac an Mhaighistir, which means son of the master.

Early Origins of the Masterson family

The surname Masterson was first found in Breffny, where they held a family seat in ancient times.

Early History of the Masterson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Masterson research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1659, 1778, and 1854 are included under the topic Early Masterson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Masterson Spelling Variations

Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Masterson family name include MacMaster, McMaster, Masterson, Mac an Mhaighistir (Gaelic), MacAmaster, MacYmaster and many more.

Early Notables of the Masterson family (pre 1700)

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United States Masterson migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Masterson family came to North America quite early:

Masterson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Masterson and her husband settled in Plymouth in 1629
  • Mary, Nathaniel, Richard, and Sarah Masterson, who settled in Plymouth 1629
  • Richard Masterson, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629 [1]
  • Elizabeth Masterson, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [1]
  • Eliz Masterson, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [1]
Masterson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Owen Masterson, who landed in New York in 1801 [1]
  • Edward Masterson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Ann Masterson, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Hugh Masterson, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Charles Masterson, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Masterson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Masterson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Bridget Masterson, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Emigrant" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in October 1847 [2]
  • Miss. Catherine Masterson, aged 1 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Emigrant" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in October 1847 [3]
  • Mr. Frank Masterson, aged 68 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Tamarac" departing 26th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 11th July 1847 but he died on board [4]
  • Mr. James Masterson who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Corea" departing 2nd July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 14th August 1847 but he died on board [4]

New Zealand Masterson 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:

Masterson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Masterson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Masterson (post 1700) +

  • William Barclay "Bat" Masterson (1853-1921), Canadian-born, American buffalo hunter, U.S. Army scout, avid fisherman, gambler, frontier lawman, U.S. Marshal, and sports editor and columnist for a New York newspaper
  • Rodney Gregory "Rod" Masterson Jr., (1945-2013), American actor of film and television
  • Ed Masterson (1852-1878), Canadian-born, American lawman and the brother of Bat Masterson and James Masterson, killed by gunfire while trying to disarm a drunken cowboy
  • Peter Masterson (b. 1934), American Daytime Emmy Award nominated actor, director, producer and writer
  • Chase Masterson (b. 1963), born Christianne Carafano, an American actress, singer and voice actor, Best Feature Film Producer of 2008
  • James "Jim" Masterson (1855-1895), Canadian-born, American lawman of the American West, brother of Bat Masterson and Ed Masterson
  • Christopher Kennedy Masterson (b. 1980), American Young Star Award winning actor known best for his role as Francis on Malcolm in the Middle
  • Mary Stuart Masterson (b. 1966), American film, stage and television actor and director whose first film appearance was in The Stepford Wives (1975) at the age of eight
  • Daniel Peter "Danny" Masterson (b. 1976), American Young Artist Award nominated actor, best known for his role as Steven Hyde in That '70s Show
  • Robert Patrick "Bob" Masterson (1915-1994), American NFL football wide receiver
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Kleber S. Masterson, American Lieutenant working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [5]
  • Mr. Cleburne E. Carl Masterson, American Pharmacist's Mate First Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [5]


  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 41)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 42)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 85)
  5. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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