Hitoria del Apellido Massieu

Started by Private User on Friday, June 4, 2010


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6/4/2010 at 3:20 PM

The French family name Massieu is classified as being of nickname origin. Surnames which are derived from a nickname are said to constitute one of the widest and most varied classes of family names. This particular category encompasses many different types of origin. The most obvious are those names which are based on a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the initial bearer. In this particular instance, surname Massieu was derived from the French word "masse", denoting the weapon known in English as Mace. Thus, according to Dr. Marie-Therese Morlet, the initial bearer of the nickname Massieu would have been one who carried such a weapon, perhaps a constable or military policeman. Variants of the surname Massieu include Massier, Massieux, Massiére, Massiera and Massiou. One of the earliest references to this name is a record of one Jacq Massieu, son of Loys Massieu and Melle buisson, who was baptized on 20 May 1629 at Rumigny in the Ardennes. Marie Massieu wed Laurent Laderoute in 1647 at Beauvais in the Oise department. There is also an entry dated 3 February 1750, regarding the nuptials of Jean Massieu and Clothilde Mignot, which were celebrated at Saint-Germain-en-Laye in the département of Seine-et-Oise. However, research is of curse ongoing and this name may have been documented even earlier than the date indicated above. Notabler bearers of this surname include the author and critic Guillaume Massieu (1665-1722) and the mining engineer Francois Massieu (1832-1892). This name was introduce to the United States as early as 1798, in which year we find a record of the emigration of J.B. Massieu, who sailed to Philadelphia. Described below is the coat of arms which was granted to the family Massieu de Clerval of Paris

Blazon of Arms: Azure, a lion rampant argent, holding between the forepaws a heart

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