The earliest origins of the Masterstom surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a son of a substantial landholder who employed laborers to work his lands. The surname Masterstom 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 Masterstom also features the common patronymic
which was most popular in the north of England
and superseded other patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.
Early Origins of the Masterstom family
The surname Masterstom 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.
Early History of the Masterstom family
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Masterstom Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Masterstom are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Masterstom include: Masterson, Mesterson, Masterstone and others.
Early Notables of the Masterstom family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Masterstom family to Ireland
Some of the Masterstom 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Masterstom family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Masterstom or a variant listed above: Mary Masterson and her husband settled in Plymouth in 1629; Mary, Nathaniel, Richard, Sarah Masterson settled in Plymouth 1629; Bridget, Hannah and James Masterson settled in Boston in 1849.
The Masterstom 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: Pro Deo et rege
Motto Translation: For God and the king.