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Type Surname (from given name & from occupation)
Usage French, Irish
Pronounced Pron. lə-MAS(English) LU-MAS(French)  [key]
Other Forms FormsLamasse, Lamass, Lamassy, Lammas, LaMassey, Lemas, Lemasse, Lemmass, Limasse, Lymas, Lymass, Masterson, Masters, Master, Meister, Meisters, Mester, Meester, Maestri, Maestro, Maestre, Mastro, Mestre, Maistre, Maitre, Maister, Lemaistre, Lemaître, Lemaitre, Lemaster, Lemasters, Lamaster, De Meester, Demeester, Meesters, Meijster, Majster, Majšter, Majstr, Mason, Masson, Maçon, Maison, Le Masson

Meaning & History

Meaning uncertain. It may be derived from Old French maistre meaning "master", ultimately from Latin magister (see Masterson). Another theory holds that it comes from Irish Gaelic Laighmheasa, a given name meaning "dispatch". One final theory suggests that it could be a misdivision of the Old French surname Le Masson, which meant "the stoneworker, the bricklayer" (see Mason). A notable bearer of this name was the Irish prime minister Seán Lemass (1899-1971), who was of distant French Huguenot ancestry.
Added 3/12/2024 by General9696