Messiter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

It has been suggested that Messiter is an occupational name derived from the Middle English words "mash," which is malt and water for fermentation, and "rudder," which was the implement used to stir the mixture.

Early Origins of the Messiter family

The surname Messiter was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held lands in that county.

Important Dates for the Messiter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Messiter research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, and 1584 are included under the topic Early Messiter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Messiter Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mashiter, Masseter, Masheder, Massiter, Masheter, Massheder, Messiter, Messeder, Messitter and many more.

Early Notables of the Messiter family (pre 1700)

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Messiter migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Messiter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Messiter, who landed in New York in 1818 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Messiter (post 1700)

  • Uriah S. Messiter, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Sullivan County, 1893-94, 1896

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  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)
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