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The surname Matchett was 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.

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.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Matchett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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

  • Thomas Matchett, who came to Barbados in 1672
  • John Matchett, a bonded passenger who arrived in Barbados in 1675
  • Robert Matchett, who arrived in Virginia in 1680

Matchett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Isabel Matchett, an English convict sent to America in 1734

Matchett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Matchett Sr. who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Richard Matchett, who settled in Baltimore in 1830
  • David Matchett, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1834
  • John Matchett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

Matchett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charlotte Matchett arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859

  • Brigadier-General Henry Jeffrey Matchett (1891-1984), American Commander of Ground Forces Replacement System US European Theater of Operations (1944-1945)
  • Steve Matchett (b. 1962), Englsih-born, American commentator for the NBC and NBC Sports Network
  • Frank Matchett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1952
  • Charles Horatio Matchett (1843-1919), American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1892; Socialist Labor Candidate for Mayor of Brooklyn, New York, 1895; Socialist Labor Candidate for President of the United States, 1896
  • Dale Matchett (b. 1975), Canadian curler
  • Stuart Matchett, Australian radio announcer and program director
  • Thomas Matchett (1826-1900), Canadian businessman and politician in Ontario, who represented Victoria South in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1867 to 1871
  • Kari Matchett (b. 1970), Canadian film and television actress from Spalding, Saskatchewan

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    Other References

    1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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    The Matchett Family Crest was acquired from the 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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