The name Masterstomb is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Masterstomb was a name used for a son of a substantial landholder who employed laborers to work his lands. The surname Masterstomb 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 Masterstomb 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and superseded other patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.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 Masterstomb family
The surname Masterstomb 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 Masterstomb family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Masterstomb research.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Masterstomb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Masterstomb Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Masterstomb include Masterson, Mesterson, Masterstone and others.
Early Notables of the Masterstomb family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Masterstomb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Masterstomb family to Ireland
Some of the Masterstomb 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 Masterstomb family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Masterstomb were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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 Masterstomb 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.