Mather History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Mather family

The surname Mather was first found in Kincardineshire (Gaelic: A' Mhaoirne), a former county on the northeast coast of the Grampian region of Scotland, and part of the Aberdeenshire Council Area since 1996, 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 Mather family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mather research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1666, 1596, 1669, 1631, 1697, 1639, 1723, 1663, 1728 and are included under the topic Early Mather History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mather Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mather, Maider, Maddir, Mador, Madeer, Mathers and many more.

Early Notables of the Mather family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir Richard Maddir; Richard Mather (1596-1669), a Puritan clergyman in colonial Boston, Massachusetts; and his son, Nathaniel Mather (1631-1697), and English-born Independent minister from Much Woolton, Lancashire; Increase Mather (1639-1723), a Puritan minister who was involved with the government of the Massachusetts Bay...
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Ireland Migration of the Mather family to Ireland

Some of the Mather family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Mather migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mather Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joe Mather, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Richard Mather, who settled in Boston in 1635
  • Jo Mather, aged 21, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • Richard Mather, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1635 [1]
  • Nathaniel Mather, who arrived in New England in 1647 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mather Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Mather, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
  • Andrew Mather, who landed in New York in 1840 [1]
  • Samuel Mather, who arrived in Mississippi in 1842 [1]
  • Johann Mather, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • John Mather, who landed in Mississippi in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Mather migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mather Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Mather, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • William Mather, a brass-founder, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. James Mather, British Convict who was convicted in Chatham, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • John Mather, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • John Mather, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Mather migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mather Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Mather, aged 34, a wright, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Mary G. Mather, aged 33, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Miss Mary E Mather, (b. 1858), aged 10 months, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [6]
  • Mrs. Sarah Mather, (b. 1829), aged 30, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [6]
  • Mr. Benjamin Mather, (b. 1833), aged 26, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [6]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Mather (post 1700) +

  • Stephen Tyng Mather (1867-1930), American industrialist and conservationist, President and owner of Thorkildsen-Mather Borax Company, 1st Director of the National Park Service (1917-1929)
  • John Norman Mather (1942-2017), American mathematician at Princeton University
  • Barry Mather (1909-1982), Canadian journalist, columnist, and politician
  • Stephen Tyng Mather (1867-1930), American industrialist and conservationist
  • Kirtley Mather (1888-1978), American geologist
  • John Cromwell Mather (b. 1946), American astrophysicist and cosmologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006
  • Frederick E. Mather, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1845 [7]
  • E. J. Mather, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 35th District, 1913-14 [7]
  • Charles H. Mather, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Mercer County, 1909-11 [7]
  • Charles D. Mather, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Vermont, 1908 [7]
  • ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hindenburg LZ-129
  • Miss. Margaret Mather (1877-1937), Italian Heiress from Rome, Italy, who was a passenger on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire [8]
HMS Royal Oak
  • George Mather (1920-1939), British Assistant Cook (S) with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]


The Mather 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: Fortiter et celeriter
Motto Translation: Boldly and quickly.


Suggested Readings for the name Mather +

  • 1881 The History of King Philip's War by Increase Mather, Mather Books & Portraits through Six Early American Generations by Franklin P. Cole.

  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 Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Hindenburg Disaster Passenger List | Airships.net. (Retrieved 2014, April 11) . Retrieved from http://www.airships.net/hindenburg/disaster/hindenburg-passenger-list/
  9. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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