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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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matteson research. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1273, 1395, 1790, 1824, 1856, 1863, and 1889 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 161 words(12 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
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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