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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Where did the English Matthews family come from? What is the English Matthews family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Matthews family history?

The surname Matthews is a patronymic name derived from the well known first name Matthew. This name is ultimately derived from the Hebrew personal name "Mattathaigh," meaning "gift of Jehovah;" it was Latinized as Matthaeus and Mathaeus. It was introduced to England by the Normans, and quickly became quite a popular name.


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Matthews family name include Matthew, Matthews, Matthewson, Matheson, Mathew, Mathews and many more.

First found in the Domesday Book in 1086, listed as Mathiu and Matheus. They family came to England following the invasion of William the Conquerer in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matthews research. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1273, 1273, 1395, 1546, 1628, 1577, 1655, 1790, 1856, 1863, 1941, 1824, 1889, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Matthews History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 121 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Matthews Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Matthews family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 203 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Matthews family to immigrate North America:

Matthews Settlers in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Matthews, who came to Virginia from London in about 1618 and established a plantation at the mouth of the Warwick River
  • Francis Matthews, who landed in New England in 1631
  • James Matthews, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Edward Matthews, who arrived in Maryland in 1635
  • Marmaduke Matthews, who arrived in New England in 1638

Matthews Settlers in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Matthews, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Elander Matthews, who settled in Virginia in 1719
  • Elander Matthews, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • Maria Crete Matthews, aged 24, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Jacob Matthews, who arrived in Georgia in 1739

Matthews Settlers in the 19th Century

  • George Matthews, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1805
  • Gilley Matthews, aged 21, arrived in Delaware in 1812
  • Samuel Matthews, aged 20, arrived in Connecticut in 1812
  • Marjorie Matthews, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1816
  • Richard Matthews, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1819


  • David Matthews (b. 1943), English composer of classical music
  • Sir Stanley Matthews CBE (1915-2000), English football player who was knighted in 1965
  • Alfred Edward Matthews (1869-1960), English actor
  • Rodney Matthews (b. 1945), English fantasy artist and illustrator
  • Mr. William John Matthews (d. 1912), aged 30, English Second Class passenger from St Austell, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Francis Matthews (1927-2014), English film and television actor, known for his roles in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, The Revenge of Frankenstein and Dracula: Prince of Darkness
  • Albert Edward Matthews (1873-1949), Canadian Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1937 to 1946
  • Joseph W Matthews (1812-1862), American politician, Governor of Mississippi from 1848 to 1850
  • Cerys Matthews (b. 1969), Welsh singer
  • James Brander Matthews (1852-1929), American writer



  • The Mat(t)hews Family by John R. Boots.
  • A Matthews (also Mathews) Trail from Wales to West Virginia by Nelson Elbert Matthews.
  • Mathews Family History by Nathan Mathews.

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The Matthews Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Matthews Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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