The surname Matchem is generally thought to be a local
surname, derived from the place name Mitcham, County Surrey
(today in the London Borough of Merton, London).
Early Origins of the Matchem family
The surname Matchem was first found in Surrey
at Mitcham, a parish in the union of Croydon, Second division of the hundred
of Wallington. "This parish, which is situated on the road to Reigate, is divided into Upper Mitcham, formerly called Whitford or Waterford
, and Lower Mitcham, anciently Michelham, or "the great dwelling," a name probably derived from the district having been at an early period the residence of persons of distinction." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Matchem family
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Matchem Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Mitcham, Mitchum, Micham, Michum, Mitchem, Mitchim and many more.
Early Notables of the Matchem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Matchem family to Ireland
Some of the Matchem family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Matchem family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Mecham, who came to Barbados or St. Christopher in 1635; William Mitcham, who arrived in Virginia in 1770; Christopher Mitcham, who arrived in Maryland in 1775.
The Matchem Motto
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: Animi fortitudo
Motto Translation: The courage