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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Matchett are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Matchett include: Machet, Machett, Madgett, Madget, Machitt, Machtit, Matchet and many more.
First found in Surrey where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when the family held estates in that county.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matchett research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1455, 1487, and 1526 are included under the topic Early Matchett History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Matchett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Matchett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Matchett or a variant listed above:
Matchett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Matchett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Matchett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Matchett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Matchett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Matchett 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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