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.
Early Origins of the Mesterton family
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.
Early History of the Mesterton family
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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.
Early Notables of the Mesterton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mesterton family to the New World and Oceana
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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Mesterton (post 1700)
- Erik Mesterton (1903-2004), Swedish author, literature critic and translator
The Mesterton 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.