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The surname Mathew is a patronymic surname created from the personal name Matthew.

Mathew Early Origins



The surname Mathew was first found in Glamorganshire (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Glywysing, 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.

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Mathew Spelling Variations


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Mathew Spelling Variations



There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Mathew have included Mathews, Mathew, Matthew, Matthews, Mathewes and others.

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Mathew Early History


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Mathew Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mathew research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1484, 1378, 1408, 1546, 1628, 1577, 1655, 1600, 1660, 1656, 1676, 1751, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Mathew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mathew Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mathew Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir David Mathew (1400-1484) was a Welsh knight, Lord of Llandaff, Seneschal of Llandaff Cathedral, one of the ten Great Barons of Glamorgan, Marcher Lord and Standard Bearer of England; Pope Matthew I of Alexandria (Matheos) (1378-1408), 87th Coptic Pope of...

Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mathew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mathew In Ireland


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Mathew In Ireland



Some of the Mathew family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North Ameri ca. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Mathew were found:

Mathew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Mathew, aged 23, arrived in St Christopher in 1633
  • Rowland and Samuel Mathew, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Rowland Mathew, aged 27, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Samuell Mathew, aged 14, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Mathew, who landed in Maryland in 1637
  • ... (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
  • Simon Mathew, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1710
  • 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, arrived in New York in 1774
  • Louis Mathew, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1793

Mathew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Mathew, who landed in New London, Conn in 1811
  • Edward Mathew, aged 42, landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Joseph Mathew, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846

Mathew Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Mathew, who immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Mathew, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. George Mathew U.E. (b. 1748) born in Dundee, Scotland who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 Harbour Master in Saint John, he died in 1832, became a Freeman in 1795 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William Mathew U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mathew (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mathew (post 1700)



  • Hector Mathew, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 23rd District, 1958, 1960
  • Theobald Mathew (1790-1856), Irish temperance reformer
  • David Mathew, Archbishop of Apenea

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Motto


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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: Y fyn Duw a fydd
Motto Translation: What God wills, will be.


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Mathew Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

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