Mathers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Mathers family

The surname Mathers 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 Mathers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mathers 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 Mathers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mathers Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Mathers 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 Mathers family to Ireland

Some of the Mathers 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 Mathers migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mathers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Margarett Mathers, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [1]
Mathers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Mathers, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • David Mathers, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
  • Francis Mathers, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
  • Hugh, John, Laurence, Mathew, Thomas, and William Mathers all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Canada Mathers migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mathers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Mathers, aged 4, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • Mrs. Margaret Mathers, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Frankfield" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [2]

Australia Mathers migration to Australia +

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

Mathers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Mathers, British convict who was convicted in Gibraltar for 7 years, transported aboard the "Captain Cook" on 2nd May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • William Mathers, aged 33, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [4]
  • Ann Mathers, aged 29, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

New Zealand Mathers 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:

Mathers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Mathers (Matthews), (b. 1862), aged 5 months, Irish settler, from Armagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [5]
  • Mrs. Hannah Mathers (Matthews), (b. 1832), aged 30, Irish settler, from Armagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [5]
  • Mr. John Mathers (Matthews), (b. 1839), aged 23, Irish farm labourer from Armagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [5]
  • Joseph Mathers, aged 30, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Mathers (post 1700) +

  • James Mathers (b. 1811), first Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate
  • Gerald Patrick "Jerry" Mathers (b. 1948), American television, film, and stage actor best known for his role in the television sitcom series Leave It to Beaver
  • Thomas P. Mathers, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Gloucester County, 1876-78 [6]
  • Sharon Mathers, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1972 [6]
  • Max Mathers, American Republican politician, Chair of Monongalia County Republican Party, 1917 [6]
  • Louis Mathers, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1956 [6]
  • Jim Mathers, American Republican politician, Chair of Orange County Republican Party, 2011 [6]
  • James Mathers, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 8th District, 1841-43 [6]
  • Hugh T. Mathers, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 4th District, 1924 [6]
  • George B. Mathers, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 18th District, 1871-73 [6]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Mathers 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.


  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 42)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/captain-cook
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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