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Masterstum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Masterstum comes from a name for a son of a substantial landholder who employed laborers to work his lands. The surname Masterstum 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surname Masterstum also features the common patronymic suffix -son, which was most popular in the north of England and superseded other patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.

Early Origins of the Masterstum family


The surname Masterstum 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 Masterstum family


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Masterstum Spelling Variations


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Masterstum include Masterson, Mesterson, Masterstone and others.

Early Notables of the Masterstum family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Masterstum family to Ireland


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Migration of the Masterstum family to the New World and Oceana


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Masterstum 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 Masterstum 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.


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