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Messier Surname History


Origins Available: English , French


The name Messier reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Messier is for a person employed in reaping or harvesting. The name can be traced to the Old French word messier, which meant harvester.


Early Origins of the Messier family


The surname Messier was first found in Lincolnshire where they were one of the noted families of the area. Roger Messer was the first on record in Lincolnshire, in 1172, a little over a century after the Conquest. In 1180 Erkenbald Messer was recorded in the same county. At about the same time Jacobus Mesoart was registered in Normandy. Early in their history a branch of this family moved to Scotland.

Early History of the Messier family


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Messier Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Messier are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Messier include Messer, Mesher, Messor, Mersser, Masar, Messier, Meisser, Measure and many more.

Early Notables of the Messier family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Messier family to the New World and Oceana


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Messier, or a variant listed above:

Messier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Johannes Messier, who arrived in New York, NY in 1650 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Messier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A. Messier, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Ernestin Messier, aged 2, who emigrated to America, in 1892
  • Heinrich Messier, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Geo. Andrew Messier, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1897

Messier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Richard J Messier, who landed in Colorado in 1900 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Roxie Messier, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1921

Messier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Michel Messier, son of David and Margeurite, married Anne Lemoyne, daughter of Pierre and Judith, in Montreal, Quebec on 25th February 1658 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • André Messier, son of Jean and Jeanne, married Anne Aubry, daughter of Louis and Julienne, in Quebec on 16th September 1673 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Jacques Messier, son of David and Marguerite, married Marie-Renée Couillard, daughter of François and Marie-Esther, in Quebec in 1685 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.

Messier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • François-Michel Messier, son of Michel and Anne, married Marie-Anne Amiot, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Geneviève, in Varennes, Quebec on 6th February 1706 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Jacques Messier, son of Jacques and Marie-Renée, married Isabelle Bissonnet, daughter of Jacques and Marguerite, in Varennes, Quebec on 23rd November 1712 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • René Messier, son of Michel and Anne, married Marie-Madeleine Guillet, daughter of Louis and Marie, in Batiscan, Quebec on 25th August 1718 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • François-Michel Messier, son of Michel and Anne, married Marie-Jeanne Duval, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Saint-Ours, Quebec on 8th October 1725 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Jean-Baptiste Messier, son of François-Michel and Marie-Anne, married Marie-Anne Mongeau, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Élisabeth, in Varennes, Quebec on 19th November 1731 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
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Messier Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas J. Messier, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857

Contemporary Notables of the name Messier (post 1700)


  • Roland E. Messier, American politician, Mayor of Central Falls, Rhode Island, 1970-71
  • Jean-Marie Messier (b. 1956), French businessman, former Chairman and Chief Executive of Vivendi SA
  • Mark Douglas Messier (b. 1961), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey centre inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (2007)
  • Marc Messier (b. 1947), Canadian actor, recipient of two Gemini awards for best lead male role in 1988
  • Éric Messier (b. 1973), retired Canadian NHL ice hockey defenceman
  • Charles Messier (1730-1817), French astronomer most notable for publishing an astronomical catalogue consisting of deep sky objects such as nebulae and star clusters that came to be known as the 103 "Messier objects"

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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