1) The Old French word <i>mes</i> derives from the Latin verb ‘manere’, that is to dwell or remain, and it was used for a dwelling place or the site of a dwelling.
c. 1321 'un mees, a croft and a rood of land', Adlingfleet
1491 the tytill of a meyss, a coteghe and vj oxgang of land, Glusburn
1557 one mease in Wadesworthe wythe one house buylded upon yt, Heptonstall
1590 'a messuage called a meestead ... lately built by John Walker', Dewsbury
1609 a mess or house at Bothes, Hipperholme.