Mesta History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Mesta family

The surname Mesta was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in North Holland, a province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hilversum. It was the seat of the old Counts of Holland. Seat of one of the oldest families is Brederode Castle near Haarlem. There are many old and quaint towns in the province including Medemblik, Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Edam, and Monnikendam. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Mesta family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mesta research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1664, 1514, 1573, 1634 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Mesta History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mesta Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Maestas, Maes, Maest, Mesta, Maests, Maest, Maess and many more.

Early Notables of the Mesta family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mesta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Mesta family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johan Philip Maes who settled in New York in 1709.


Contemporary Notables of the name Mesta (post 1700) +

  • Perle Mesta (1889-1975), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1948; Speaker, 1952; U.S. Minister to Luxembourg, 1949-53
  • Charles J. Mesta, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County, 1907-08


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