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In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Mesterton, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived in the place called Masterton, which was in the county of Fife. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. In this case, the place-name Masterton derives from the Older Scottish title, maister, and the Old English word, tune, which means village or settlement.

Mesterton Early Origins



The surname Mesterton was first found in Perth, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland.

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Mesterton Spelling Variations


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Mesterton Spelling Variations



The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Mesterton has been spelled Masterton, Mesterton, Masterdon and others.

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Mesterton Early History


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Mesterton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mesterton research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1153 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Mesterton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mesterton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mesterton Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Mesterton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Mesterton: John Masterton settled in Virginia in 1751.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mesterton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mesterton (post 1700)



  • Erik Mesterton (1903-2004), Swedish author, literature critic and translator

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Motto


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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: Pro Deo et rege
Motto Translation: For God and the king.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
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    The Mesterton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mesterton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 9 October 2012 at 08:00.

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