The English, Irish and Scottish surname Mason is an occupational name for a stonemason, deriving from the Middle English, and Old French term mas(s)on meaning “ a stonemason.” Stonemasonry was a hugely important craft in the Middle Ages, and practitioners of the craft were held in very high esteem. The first recorded reference to the nameis Richard Machun. Who was registered in the “Charters of the Danelaw,” for the county of Lincolnshire in 1120. Among the many prominent figures with this surname was George Mason (1725 - 1792), the American statesman who framed the Virginia Bill of Rights. This was later was used as a model by Thomas Jefferson when he drafted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Today there are approximately 157,000 people with the last name mason living in The United States.
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