The name Masterstome comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a son of a substantial landholder who employed laborers to work his lands. The surname Masterstome 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 Masterstome 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and superseded other patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.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 Masterstome family
The surname Masterstome 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 Masterstome family
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Masterstome Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Masterstome has undergone many spelling variations
, including Masterson, Mesterson, Masterstone and others.
Early Notables of the Masterstome family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Masterstome family to Ireland
Some of the Masterstome family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Masterstome family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Masterstome were among those contributors: 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 Masterstome 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.