© Peter Massingham 2019

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History

The name is tribal and  probably Anglo-Saxon,  and translates as the  'hamm' (place or  village) of the Maessa  (Mass) tribe (ing).  These people are also  recorded in Lincoln, as  'Massingberd', the  castle (berg) of the  Maessa tribe.

Spelling

The first recorded  spelling of the family  name is shown to be that  of Walter de  Massingham, which was  dated 1272, in the  Hundred Rolls of the  county of Cambridge,  during the reign of King  Edward 1, known as 'The  Hammer of the Scots',  1272- 1307. Surnames  became necessary when  governments introduced  personal taxation. In  England this was known  as the Poll tax. Other examples of the recordings showing the surname development are those of William  Messengham, christened at Sharrington, Norfolk, on July 1st 1691, and Mary Massingham  who married Thomas Wilson at Norwich Cathedral, on October 14th 1701, in the reign of William of Orange (1689 - 1702).

Massingham Family History

Percy Massingham
Massingham family history
© Peter Massingham 2019

About

History

The name is tribal and  probably Anglo-Saxon,  and translates as the  'hamm' (place or  village) of the Maessa  (Mass) tribe (ing).  These people are also  recorded in Lincoln, as  'Massingberd', the  castle (berg) of the  Maessa tribe.

Spelling

The first recorded  spelling of the family  name is shown to be that  of Walter de  Massingham, which was  dated 1272, in the  Hundred Rolls of the  county of Cambridge,  during the reign of King  Edward 1, known as 'The  Hammer of the Scots',  1272-1307. Surnames  became necessary when  governments introduced  personal taxation. In  England this was known  as the Poll tax. Other examples of the recordings showing the surname development are those of William  Messengham, christened at Sharrington, Norfolk, on July 1st 1691, and Mary Massingham  who married Thomas Wilson at Norwich Cathedral, on October 14th 1701, in the reign of William of Orange (1689 - 1702).