Mateer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the Mateer family. The root of their name is the Gaelic form Mac-an-Tsaoir, which denotes son of the carpenter or wright.

Early Origins of the Mateer family

The surname Mateer was first found in on the Isle of Iona, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Mateer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mateer research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1372, 1564 and 1564 are included under the topic Early Mateer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mateer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Mateer has appeared in various documents spelled MacAteer, MacTear, MacTeir, MacTire, MacAtee, MacAtter, MacAttur and many more.

Early Notables of the Mateer family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Mateer family to Ireland

Some of the Mateer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 80 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Mateer migration to the United States +

Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Mateer or a variant listed above:

Mateer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Mateer, who landed in America in 1802 [1]
  • J M Mateer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • S Q Mateer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Joseph Mateer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [1]
  • Robert Mateer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mateer (post 1700) +

  • Calvin Wilson Mateer (1836-1908), missionary to China with the American Presbyterian Mission
  • Scott Mateer, American songwriter and disc jockey
  • George Diehl Mateer Jr. (b. 1928), American hardball squash player and tennis player
  • T. B. Mateer, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1924 [2]
  • Elizabeth L. Mateer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1932, 1940, 1944 (alternate) [2]
  • John Mateer (b. 1971), South African-born Australian poet and author

The Mateer 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: Per ardua
Motto Translation: Through difficulties.

  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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