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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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mather research. Another 225 words (16 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.

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Another 137 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mather Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Mather family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mather Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Joe Mather settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Richard Mather settled in Boston in 1635
  • Jo Mather, aged 21, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Richard Mather, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Nathaniel Mather, who arrived in New England in 1647


Mather Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Mather, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Andrew Mather, who landed in New York in 1840
  • Samuel Mather, who arrived in Mississippi in 1842
  • Johann Mather, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1854
  • John Mather, who landed in Mississippi in 1854


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
  • William Mather, a brass-founder, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Mather, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • John Mather arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • Samuel Mather, aged 34, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath"


Mather Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Mather, aged 34, a wright, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Mary G. Mather, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841

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  • Frederick E. Mather, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1845
  • E. J. Mather, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 35th District, 1913-14
  • Charles H. Mather, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Mercer County, 1909-11
  • Charles D. Mather, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Vermont, 1908
  • Bethel Mather, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1813-14
  • Andrew A. Mather, American politician, Representative from New York 24th District, 1890
  • Andrew A. Mather, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Otsego County 2nd District, 1854
  • George M. Mather, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 3rd District, 1902
  • Grove L. Mather, American politician, First Selectman of Avon, Connecticut, 1898
  • Henry Mather, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Broome County, 1860

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

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The Mather Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mather 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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