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Matterson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , Scottish


The surname Matterson 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.


Early Origins of the Matterson family


The surname Matterson was 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.

Early History of the Matterson family


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Matterson Spelling Variations


Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Matthew, Matthews, Matthewson, Matheson, Mathew, Mathews and many more.

Early Notables of the Matterson family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Tobias Matthew (1546-1628), Archbishop of York, statesman and writer; Sir Tobie Matthew (1577-1655), English MP, courtier, diplomat and writer; Father Theobald Mathew (1790-1856), who campaigned in Ireland...
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Migration of the Matterson family to Ireland


Some of the Matterson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Matterson family to the New World and Oceana


Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Matterson or a variant listed above:

Matterson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Matterson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Matterson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Matterson, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749

Matterson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Matterson, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm
  • Barbara Matterson, aged 26, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  • Barbara Matterson, aged 26, a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm

Contemporary Notables of the name Matterson (post 1700)


  • Donald Matterson (1953-1972), alias of Salvatore Antonio "Sal" Naturale, an American bank robber, inspiration of the film Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  • Neil Matterson, Australian professional sculler who coached World Champion Henry Ernest Searle
  • Francis Albert "Frank" Matterson (1904-1980), Australian rugby league player who played 85 games for the Western Suburbs Magpies (1924-1933)
  • Ryan Matterson (b. 1994), Australian professional rugby league footballer
  • Terry Matterson (b. 1967), Australian rugby league football coach and former player
  • Garth John Matterson, New Zealand leader of the New Zealand Geological Survey Antarctic Expedition (1960-1961), eponym of Matterson Inlet, Antarctica

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm


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