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The surname Mathew is a patronymic name derived from the well known first name Matthew. This name is ultimately derived from the Hebrew personal name "Mattathaigh," meaning "gift of Jehovah;" it was Latinized as Matthaeus and Mathaeus. It was introduced to England by the Normans, and quickly became quite a popular name.

Early Origins of the Mathew family

The surname Mathew was first found in the Domesday Book in 1086, listed as Mathiu and Matheus. They family came to England following the invasion of William the Conquerer in 1066.

Early History of the Mathew family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mathew research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1273, 1273, 1395, 1546, 1628, 1577, 1655, 1790, 1856, 1863, 1941, 1824, 1889, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Mathew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mathew Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Mathew include Matthew, Matthews, Matthewson, Matheson, Mathew, Mathews and many more.

Early Notables of the Mathew family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Tobias Matthew (1546-1628), Archbishop of York, statesman and writer; Sir Tobie Matthew (1577-1655), English MP, courtier, diplomat and writer; Father Theobald Mathew (1790-1856), who campaigned in Ireland...
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Mathew Ranking

In the United States, the name Mathew is the 5,440th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Mathew family to Ireland

Some of the Mathew family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Mathew migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Mathews to arrive on North American shores:

Mathew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Samuell Mathew, aged 14, who landed in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" [2]
  • Thomas Mathew, who landed in Maryland in 1637 [2]
  • John Mathew, who settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Robert Mathew, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [2]
  • Ralph Mathew, who arrived in Virginia in 1661 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mathew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anthony Mathew, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1710 [2]
  • Simon Mathew, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1710 [2]
  • Andrew Mathew was banished to a plantation on Martinique in 1747 after the Scottish defeat at the Battle of Culloden Moor
  • William Mathew, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1774 [2]
  • Louis Mathew, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1793 [2]
Mathew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Mathew, who landed in New London, Connecticut in 1811 [2]
  • Edward Mathew, aged 42, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [2]
  • Joseph Mathew, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [2]

Canada Mathew migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mathew Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Mathew, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. George Mathew U.E. (b. 1748) born in Dundee, Scotland who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 Harbour Master in Saint John, he died in 1832, became a Freeman in 1795 [3]
  • Mr. William Mathew U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
Mathew Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Agnes Mathew, who settled in Nova Scotia between 1799 and 1820
  • Mary Mathew, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831

New Zealand Mathew 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:

Mathew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Mathew, British settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [4]

West Indies Mathew migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Mathew Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. George Mathew, Cornish settler from Ludgven (Luggan), Cornwall, (b. 1611), aged 23, British settler travelling from Plymouth, England aboard the ship "Margarett" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) on 1st March 1634 [6]
  • Mr. Rowland Mathew, (b. 1608), aged 27, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Alexander" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mathew (post 1700) +

  • Hector Mathew, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 23rd District, 1958, 1960 [8]
  • Theobald Mathew (1790-1856), Irish temperance reformer
  • David Mathew, Archbishop of Apenea
  • Jules Mathew Le Lievre (1933-2016), New Zealand rugby union player for the New Zealand National Team (1962-1964)
  • Jeremy Mathew Wariner (b. 1984), American ten-time gold medalist track athlete
  • Todd Mathew Hollandsworth (b. 1973), American former Major League Baseball outfielder from Dayton, Ohio
  • William Mathew Hodgkins (1833-1898), New Zealand painter
  • George Mathew Fernandes (b. 1930), Indian trade unionist, politician journalist agriculturist
  • James Mathew Montgomery, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1979 [9]
  • James Mathew Catchick (b. 1935), American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1966, 1988 [10]

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