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Mist History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought many new words to England from which surnames were formed. Mist was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a person who behaved in a masterful manner. This was also an occupational name for a person who was the master of his craft deriving from the Old French word maistre, and the Old English word maister.

Early Origins of the Mist family


The surname Mist was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Mist family


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Mist Spelling Variations


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Master, Masters, Mosters, Measter, DeMaster and many more.

Early Notables of the Mist family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Streynsham Master; Sir William Master (1600-1662) was an English politician, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1627; his son Thomas Master (1624-1680), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660; John Master (1637-c.1680), an English physician; William Master (1627-1684)...
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Migration of the Mist family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mist Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Vince Mist, aged 34, a farm labourer, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Renfrewshire" in 1878
  • Mary A. Mist, aged 33, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Renfrewshire" in 1878
  • Emily Mist, aged 9, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Renfrewshire" in 1878
  • Mary A. Mist, aged 1, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Renfrewshire" in 1878

The Mist 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: Non minor est virtus quam quaerere parta tueri
Motto Translation: It is no less an achievement to keep possession than to acquire it.


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