Saturday, October 18, 2014

Surname Saturday- Messier

My 6th great grandmother was Sarah Messier (1702-1782). Her grandfather- Pieter Jansen Mesier (1640-?) came to America from Holland, Netherlands. I was surprised because this name sounds French to me. 


~All U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index:
There are 23 names with the last name Messier; here are a few:

Name                              Birth            Arrival year and place

Marie-Anne Messier                                                      Canada
Jacque Messier                                    1606-1706          Quebec
Jacques Messier               1797             1827                  New York
Aug D. Messier                                    1886                  Illinois
Richard J. Messier                                1900                  Colorado
Joseph Messier                                      1910                  Montana

There are 1,182 results for Messier as a surname.

The name Messier can be traced to the Old French word Messier- which means harvester. It reached England during the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It means someone who is employed in reaping or harvesting. 

Spelling Variations: 
Messer, Mesher, Messor, Mersser, Masar, Messier, Meisser, Measure and more.

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