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About the study
Masterton is by far the most common modern spelling of the surname, although I am aware of some Mastertouns in Australia. In Sweden and Finland, the surname Mesterton originated in James Masterton, a merchant from Scotland. In the records, I have come across 90 spelling variations.
The surname Masterson is a distinct and different family name, probably originating in Ireland. But sometimes the names get confused in error.
Historical occurrences of the name
The Mastertons were a family of note in the Dunfermline district before the Reformation, and genealogies from 'The Baronage of Scotland'. a later update by R.R. Stodart, Depute Lyon King of Arms, and Victor Noel Paton, are all publsihed on the website; my updated genealogy of early Mastertons is also included.
Famous Mastertons include Graham Masterton, former editor of Penthouse, highly successful writer of horror fiction (eg The Manitou) and sex manuals (eg How to drive your man wild in bed). Born in Edinburgh on 16 January 1946.
Jill Masterton is a fictional character in Ian Fleming's 'Goldfinger' who was killed by being painted gold all over. Tilly Masterton, Jill's sister, attempted to avenge her death by shooting Auric Goldfinger but James Bond prevented her, then, after various adventures as Bond's associate, she was finally killed by Oddjob's flying bowler.
Bill Masterton was the first and (as of 2007) the only National Hockey League player to die as a result of injuries sustained during a game. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on 16 August 1938, he received massive head injuries and loss of blood when he hit his head on the ice after being checked playing for Minnesota North Stars against Oakland. He died 2 days later. The Bill Masterton Trophy is awarded annually for dedication, sportsmanship and perseverance.