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The earliest origins of the family name Masterson date back to the Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name given to a son of a substantial landholder who employed laborers to work his lands. The surname Masterson is derived from the Old English word maister. This word comes from the Old French word maistre, which in turn is derived from the Latin word magister, which means master. The surname Masterson also features the common patronymic suffix -son, which was most popular in the north of England and superseded other patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.
The surname Masterson was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Masterson include Masterson, Mesterson, Masterstone and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Masterson research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Masterson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Masterson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Masterson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Masterson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Masterson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Masterson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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: Pro Deo et rege
Motto Translation: For God and the king.
The Masterson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Masterson 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.
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