Tuesday, 21 May 2013


I was looking through some of the posts written in the past with the intention of   deleting some of the older posts that were not relevant to the actual name Machin or the stamps them selves but got side-tracked when I clicked on a post ( forgetting my original task) describing  the meaning of the word Machin.

This took me on another completely different journey and a google search looking for the meaning of the actual sir name of Machin.

Here is the result

This interesting and long-established surname recorded in many spelling forms including Macun, Machin, Mason, and Masson is of pre 10th century French origins. It is job descriptive for a skilled stone mason and a member of the ancient guild of Masons. It was introduced into England after the Norman Conquest of 1066, the derivation being from the word "machun". Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the name bearer, and only later became hereditary, if the son continued in the fathers occupation. 

Early examples of the name recording include: Roger le Mason in the Cartulary of Oseney Abbey, Oxfordshire in the year 1200; Adam le Machon in the 1279 Assize Court Rolls of Northumberland; and Richard Machen in the 1284 Assize Court Rolls of Staffordshire.

 Recordings of the surname from English church registers include: the marriage of Kinborne Machin and Edward Garland on July 12th 1562, at St. Dunstan's in the East, London; and the christening of Mary, the daughter of Matthew and Jane Mochan, in 1803, at West Gate Presbyterian, Wakefield, Yorkshire.

The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of John Macun. This was dated 1130, in the "Ancient Charters of London", during the reign of King Henry 1, known as "The Lion of Justice", 1100 - 1135.

 Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Now if you want something different to add to your Machin collection, the above has been recorded on a ornate scroll which is for sale at a modest price of  £15 (UK pounds) with free delivery: 

Defeating the object, instead of deleting crap I find I am adding it :-)  here are another couple of images that turned up on my search.

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