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Macon Coat of Arms / Macon Family Crest

Macon Coat of Arms / Macon Family Crest

The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This French surname of MACON was an occupational name for a stone-mason, originally rendered in the Old French MASSON. The name has numerous variant spellings which include MASON, MACHON, LEMASON, MASSONE, MACO and MASSO. During the 17th century surnames were brought to Britain, North America and southern Africa by French Huguenot exiles. The Huguenots were French Protestants, and in 1572 large numbers of them were massacred in Paris on the orders of Queen Catherine de'Medici. Many of the survivors sought refuge in England and elsewhere. Although the Edict of Nantes (1598) officially guaranteed religious toleration, persecution continued, and the Edict was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685. It was then the trickle of emigration became a flood. Many migrated to England, while others joined groups of Dutch Protestants settling around the Cape of Good Hope. Others sailed across the Atlantic to establish themselves in North America. George MASON (1752-92) was the American Colonial statesman who framed the Virginia Bill of Rights and Constitution which was used as a model by Jefferson when drafting the Declaration of Independence. He was a Virginia planter, fourth in descent from George MASON (circa. 1629-86) a Cavalier soldier who had received land grants in Virginia. As well as being prominent in the affairs of Virginia, the family also produced the first governor of Michigan. Two other men of the name were early settlers in America. John MASON (1586-1635) was born in King's Lynn, and became governor of Newfoundland in 1615, and was one of the founders of New Hampshire. His namesake John MASON (circa. 1600-72) emigrated before 1633 and was one of the founders of Norwich, Connecticut. America was colonized by peoples from all over the world in a very short period of time, and mostly, in the case of French immigrants they have stayed together in Louisiana. Of the early immigrants to America the French have fared the worst in respect of their names, chiefly because of the difficulties experienced by the Americans in pronouncing them correctly. Many have been translated into English names.

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