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Origins Available: Irish
Many variations of the name McMaster have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac an Mhaighistir, which means son of the master.
The surname McMaster was first found in Breffny
, where they held a family seat
in ancient times.
Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the McMaster family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including MacMaster, McMaster, Masterson, Mac an Mhaighistir (Gaelic), MacAmaster, MacYmaster and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMaster research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1659, 1778, and 1854 are included under the topic Early McMaster History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McMaster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence
began, many Irish settlers took the side of England
, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland
at this time for North America and Australia
. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name McMaster or a variant listed above, including:
McMaster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James McMaster, who sailed to Boston in 1766
- George McMaster sailed to Charles Town South Carolina in 1772
- George McMaster, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
- Hugh McMaster, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
- Martha McMaster, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
McMaster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Samuel McMaster, who arrived in America in 1807
- Flora McMaster, who arrived in New York in 1833
- John McMaster, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1836
- William McMaster, who arrived in New York in 1842
- David McMaster, who landed in America in 1850
McMaster Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- John McMaster was a Loyalist who settled in Nova Scotia in 1784
- Mr. James McMaster U.E. born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA who settled in St. Patrick, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1804
McMaster Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Charles McMaster migrated from Bute to Hull Twp. in Ottawa County Ontario in about 1832
- John McMaster settled in St. John New Brunswick in 1833
- Anne McMaster, aged 20, landed in Quebec in 1834
- James McMaster, aged 18, landed in Quebec in 1834
- James McMaster, a Yeoman of Judique, county Inverness, Scotland received title to lands on Cape Breton Island, Newfoundland in 1854
McMaster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John McMaster (aged 20) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Gomelza"
- Donald McMaster, aged 27, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
- Hugh McMaster, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
- Hugh McMaster, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
- John McMaster, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
McMaster Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Angus McMaster, aged 36, a ploughman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
- Charles McMaster arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
- Jane McMaster arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
- Arthur McMaster, aged 22, a bricklayer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
- William Henry McMaster (1877-1968), the tenth Governor of South Dakota
- Gerald R. McMaster (b. 1953), American Plains Cree and Blackfoot curator, artist, and author
- Sherman McMaster (1853-1892), American outlaw turned lawman, who was one of the six men involved in the Earp vendetta ride
- Henry Dargan McMaster (b. 1947), South Carolina's Republican attorney general
- Herbert Raymond McMaster (b. 1962), American soldier, and a career officer
- John B McMaster (1852-1932), American historian
- Stanley Raymond McMaster (1926-1992), Unionist politician in Northern Ireland
- Rhyll McMaster (b. 1947), contemporary Australian poet and novelist
- Griffin McMaster (b. 1983), Australian footballer
- Surgeon Valentine Munbee McMaster (1834-1872), British recipient of the Victoria Cross
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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- Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
- Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
The McMaster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McMaster Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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