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Multiple Origins for the Surname Masterson



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.

Masterson Early Origins



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

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Masterson Spelling Variations


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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.

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Masterson Early History


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Masterson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Masterson research. Another 195 words (14 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.

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Masterson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Masterson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Masterson 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



In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. 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 settled in Plymouth 1629
  • Richard Masterson, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629
  • Elizabeth Masterson, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • Eliz Masterson, who landed in Virginia in 1658

Masterson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Owen Masterson, who landed in New York in 1801
  • Edward Masterson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Ann Masterson, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Hugh Masterson, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Charles Masterson, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Masterson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Masterson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Masterson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Masterson (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Bernard E. "Bernie" Masterson (1911-1963), American college football player and coach
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Masterson Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    3. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
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    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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