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Matheson comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides islands. The name comes from the son of Matthew. In Gaelic, the name was spelled M'Mhathain or Mathanach. The latter names in Gaelic were probably derived from Mac Mhathghamhuin which means son of the bear. Indeed, early references of the name have reference to the Scottish bear.
The surname Matheson was first found in the Scottish Highlands were they could be found in Lochalsh, Lochcarron and Kintail. They are said to descend from Gilleoin of the ancient and royal house of Lorne. They gave their allegiance to the Clan MacDonald, the Lord of the Isles. Kenneth MacMathan (Cormac Mac Mathian) was the constable of Eilean Donan castle and is recorded in most accounts of the invasion of King Haakon IV of Norway against Scotland in the 13th century. One accounts suggests that McMathan and his clansmen fought under the Earl of Ross, defeating Haaken at Largs in 1263. There is a record of Kermac Macmaghan in Inverness, receiving 20 cows from the Earl of Ross in 1264.
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Matheson has appeared as Mathieson, MacMaghan, MacMathan MacMaken, Mathie, Mann and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matheson research. Another 835 words (60 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1400, 1411, 1427, 1498, 1514, 1427, 1600, 1539, 1570, 1631, 1688, 1715, 1719, 1820, 1851, 1683, 1796, 1878, 1851 and 1963 are included under the topic Early Matheson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 225 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Matheson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Matheson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Matheson or a variant listed above:
Matheson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Matheson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Matheson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Matheson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Matheson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Matheson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Matheson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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: Fac et Spera
Motto Translation: Do and hope.
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...More
Septs of the Distinguished Name Matheson
Bairnson, Barne, Berme, Bermeth, Bermey, Bermie, Bermy, Bermye, Berne, Berneth, Bernye, Birney, Birnie, Birny, Birnye, Bramach, Bramack, Bramake, Bramech, Brameck, Bramick, Bramitch, Bramock, Bramox, Bramyck, Bramyke, Branach, Branack, Branake, Branech, Braneck, Branick, Branitch, Brannach, Brannack, Brannake, Brannech, Branneck, Brannick, Brannitch, Brannock, Brannox, Brannyck, Brannyke, Branock, Branox, Branyck, Branyke, Brenach, Brenack and more.
The Matheson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Matheson 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 18 February 2016 at 15:52.