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The surname Matherly 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 Matherly 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 Matherly 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 Matherly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Matherly 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 or some of its variants were: Hugh, John, Laurence, Mathew, Thomas, William Mathers all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Joe Mather settled in Barbados in 1635; Richard Mather settled in Boston in 1635.

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  • Walter Jeffries Matherly, Dean of the business college of the University of Florida (1926 to 1954), eponym of Matherly Hall
  • R. Hollis Matherly, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1952, 1960 (alternate)
  • Page A. Matherly, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996
  • J. L. Matherly, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1952
  • Harve G. Matherly, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1944


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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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  1. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  4. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Matherly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Matherly 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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