The story of the Mostert family begins in ancient Scotland
among the Pictish clans. The Mostert family 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 Mostert family
The surname Mostert 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 Mostert family
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Mostert Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Mostert has appeared Masterton, Mesterton, Masterdon and others.
Early Notables of the Mostert family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mostert family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Mostert name: John Masterton settled in Virginia in 1751.
Contemporary Notables of the name Mostert (post 1700)
- Dominique Raheem Mostert (b. 1992), American football player
- Nicol Mostert (b. 1985), South African rugby union footballer
- Karla Mostert (b. 1990), South African netball player
- Gerhard Mostert (b. 1984), South African professional rugby union player
- Lieutenant Chaz Mostert RAN (b. 1992), Australian Formula Ford winning the 2010 Australian Formula Ford Championship
The Mostert 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.