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Where did the Scottish Mather family come from? What is the Scottish Mather family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mather family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mather family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Mather, Maider, Maddir, Mador, Madeer, Mathers and many more.

First found in Kincardineshire (Gaelic: A' Mhaoirne), a former county on the northeast coast of the Grampian region of Scotland, and part of the Aberdeenshire Council Area since 1996, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mather research. Another 225 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1666, 1596, 1669, 1631, 1697, 1639, 1723, 1663, 1728 and are included under the topic Early Mather History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 137 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mather Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Mather family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mather Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Joe Mather settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Richard Mather settled in Boston in 1635
  • Jo Mather, aged 21, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Richard Mather, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Nathaniel Mather, who arrived in New England in 1647

Mather Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Mather, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Andrew Mather, who landed in New York in 1840
  • Samuel Mather, who arrived in Mississippi in 1842
  • Johann Mather, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1854
  • John Mather, who landed in Mississippi in 1854


  • Kirtley Mather (1888-1978), American geologist
  • Barry Mather (1909-1982), Canadian journalist, columnist, and politician
  • John Cromwell Mather (b. 1946), American astrophysicist and cosmologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006
  • Stephen Tyng Mather (1867-1930), American industrialist and conservationist
  • General George Robinson Mather (1911-1993), American Commander in chief, United States Southern Command from 1969 to 1971
  • Sir Kenneth Mather (1911-1990), British geneticist awarded the Darwin Medal in 1964


  • The History of King Philip's War by Increase Mather.
  • Mather Books & Portraits through Six Early American Generations by Franklin P. Cole.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortiter et celeriter
Motto Translation: Boldly and quickly.


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The Mather Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mather 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.

This page was last modified on 26 November 2013 at 19:11.

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