Michaelmass History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Michaelmass came from the place name Middlemass, a district near Kelso in the Borders region of Scotland, so named from northern Middle English word "midelmast," meaning "middlemost."
Alternatively, the name be from Michaelmas, denoting the season or day that the child was born.   
Early Origins of the Michaelmass family
The surname Michaelmass was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat at Middlemarsh.  
Middlemarsh is also a tything, in the parish of Mintern-Magna, union of Cerne, hundred of Cerne, Totcombe, and Modbury, Cerne division of Dorset. 
Early records in England are scarce but we did find on record of Thomas de Meddelmersee in 1297. 
So we must look to Scotland for early entries for the family. "The Middlemasses were vassals and tenants of the district around Kelso, and derived their surname from 'lie Middlemestlands in villa et territorio de Calco,' mentioned in 1029. William de Meldiemast who petitioned for a benefice in the gift of the abbot of Kelso, 1406 (Pap. Pet., I, p. 624) was probably Schir Wilyeam Myddilmast, the 'lwvit chapellain' of Archibald de Douglas, earl of Wigtoun, vicar of Selkirk in the first quarter of the fifteenth century." 
Early History of the Michaelmass family
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Michaelmass Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Michaelmass has been recorded under many different variations, including Middlemass, Middlemas, Middlemaist, Middlemiss and many more.
Early Notables of the Michaelmass family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Michaelmass family to Ireland
Some of the Michaelmass family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Michaelmass family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Michaelmass or a variant listed above: George Middlemane (Middlemast) settled in Virginia in 1679; William Middlemass, who came to Virginia in 1723; James Middlemiss, who came to America in 1726.
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