Mastin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Mastin has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the settlements named Marsden in Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Mastin belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Mastin family

The surname Mastin was first found in Lancashire at Great Marsden or Little Marsden. "This place was anciently called Merclesden, and Merlesden. In the 35th of Henry III., Edmund de Lacy obtained a charter for free warren in "Great and Little Merlesden;" and in the 4th of Edward II., a fishery existed here, by grant from Henry de Lacy. Richard Merclesden was master forester of Blackburnshire to Isabella, dowager queen, in the reign of Edward III.; and in the same reign, Henry, Duke of Lancaster, granted a tract of land in Merclesden to Richard de Walton. " [1] Another reference lists the place name as Marchesden in the 12th century and probably meant "boundary water." [2] However, we believe that the former origin of the place name and surname is more likely. One of the earliest records of the name was Alan de Marchesden who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1246. [3] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1273 listed Robert de Marcheden, Nicholaus Mercheden and Johanna de Mersseden. [4]

Early History of the Mastin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mastin research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1738, 1625, 1688, 1680 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Mastin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mastin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Mastin have been found, including Marsden, Marsdon and others.

Early Notables of the Mastin family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mastin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Mastin migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Mastin, or a variant listed above:

Mastin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Domingo Mastin, aged 40, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [5]
  • John Mastin, aged 35, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [5]
  • James Mastin, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mastin (post 1700) +

  • Will Mastin (1878-1979), American dancer and singer from Madison, Alabama, leader of the Will Mastin Trio
  • Sherry Gene Mastin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1972 [6]
  • Philip O. Mastin Jr. (b. 1930), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 69th District, 1971-76; Member of Michigan State Senate 8th District, 1983 [6]
  • Paul Mastin, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 91st District, 2008 [6]
  • H. A. Mastin, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 8th District, 1944 [6]
  • Gene Mastin, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1972 [6]
  • Reece Mastin (b. 1994), English-born, Australian singer-songwriter, best known for his platinum debut single "Good Night"
  • Turner Mastin Marquette (1831-1894), American Republican politician, Member of Nebraska Territorial Legislature, 1857-59; Member Nebraska Territorial Council, 1860-61; U.S. Representative from Nebraska at-large, 1867 [7]

The Mastin 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: Mars denique victor es
Motto Translation: Mars, though art the conqueror.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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