Messum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Welsh Messum surname is thought to derived from name of the village of Machen, located near Caerphilly, in the county of Monmouthshire.
Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Matthew.' 
Early Origins of the Messum family
The surname Messum was first found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), at Machen, a parish, in the union of Newport, partly in the hundred of Wentlloog, South Wales. 
Early History of the Messum family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Messum research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1614, 1614, 1600 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Messum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Messum Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Messum have included Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.
Early Notables of the Messum family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Thomas Machen (c. 1541-1614), an English mercer who was mayor of Gloucester three times, Member of Parliament for Gloucester in 1614; Bathsua Reginald Makin (c.1600-c.1675) English middle-class proto-feminist who...
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Migration of the Messum family to Ireland
Some of the Messum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Messum migration to the United States +
Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Messum were found:
Messum Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- J. Messum, aged 45, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1924 aboard the ship "Carib" from Puerto Rico 
Contemporary Notables of the name Messum (post 1700) +
- Mr. John Frank William Messum B.E.M. (b. 1961), British Head Coach for Deeside Athletics Club, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to Athletics in Wales 
- George Messum, English captain of Oxford University RFC (2015)
- Edna Messum, Canadian curler, Victoria CC Champion in 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980 and 1981, inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame
- David Messum, English founder of Messum's, an art gallery on Cork Street, Mayfair, London
Related Stories +
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNZP-LZG : 6 December 2014), J. Messum, 20 Feb 1924; citing departure port Puerto Rico, arrival port Mobile, Ala, ship name Carib, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists