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

The surname Matteson 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.


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings 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 Matteson 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 Matteson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Matteson 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.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Matteson or a variant listed above:

Matteson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles S Matteson, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1870


  • Richmond Albert "Rich" Matteson (1929-1993), American jazz artist, collegiate music educator, international jazz clinician, big band leader, and jazz composer/arranger
  • Joel Aldrich Matteson (1808-1873), American politician, 10th Governor of Illinois (1853-1857)
  • Troy Jason Matteson (b. 1979), American professional PGA golfer who has had 2 PGA Tour wins
  • John Matteson (b. 1961), American professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2008 for his first book, Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father
  • Steven R. Matteson (b. 1965), American typeface designer who has designed the font family Segoe for Microsoft and the Droid font collection for Android
  • Bob Matteson (b. 1952), retired American soccer player, member of the 1974 United States National Team
  • Clifford Virgil Matteson (1861-1931), American professional baseball player who pitched one game in Major League Baseball for the 1884 St. Louis Maroons
  • Orsamus Benajah Matteson (1805-1889), American lawyer and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York
  • Silas Matteson (1819-1895), American politician in Wisconsin, the first postmaster of New Cassell, Wisconsin
  • Tompkins Harrison Matteson (1813-1884), American painter, known for his historical, patriotic, and religious themes


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  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Matteson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Matteson 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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