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.
Early History of the Messiter family
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Messiter 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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Migration of the Messiter family to the New World and Oceana
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 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)
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
The Messiter 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: Spero et vivo
Motto Translation: I hope and live.