Mathews History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Mathews 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 Mathews family

The surname Mathews 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 Mathews family

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

Mathews Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Mathews have been found, including Matthew, Matthews, Matthewson, Matheson, Mathew, Mathews and many more.

Early Notables of the Mathews 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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Ireland Migration of the Mathews family to Ireland

Some of the Mathews family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 108 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Mathews migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Mathews were among those contributors:

Mathews Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Samuel Mathews, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • James Mathews, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1634 [1]
  • Edward Mathews, who arrived in Maryland in 1635 [1]
  • Roger Mathews, aged 28, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Anthony Mathews, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mathews Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Luke Mathews, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Alexander Mathews, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [1]
  • Alice Mathews, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Alice Mathews, who settled in Virginia in 1714
  • Eleanor Mathews, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mathews Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Mathews, aged 24, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Michael Mathews, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Emma Mathews, aged 2, who arrived in New York, NY in 1842 [1]
  • Susan Mathews, aged 22, who landed in New York, NY in 1842 [1]
  • Joseph Mathews, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847 [1]
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Canada Mathews migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mathews Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mary Mathews, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Charles Mathews, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Mr. William Mathews U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 441 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]
  • Mr. Richard Mathews U.E. born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Pennfield, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 listed as a Quaker [2]
  • Mr. Charles Mathews U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mathews Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Mathews, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1834
  • Ms. Judith Mathews, aged 20 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Wakefield" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in October 1847 [3]
  • Mr. Patrick Mathews, aged 10 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Saguenay" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [3]

Australia Mathews migration to Australia +

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

Mathews Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William M Mathews, Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Edward Mathews, a marble-polisher, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Mathews, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [5]
  • Mary Ann Mathews, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [5]
  • George Mathews, aged 25, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849 [6]
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New Zealand Mathews 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:

Mathews Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • R Mathews, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1832
  • Felton Mathews, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Westminster
  • Charles Mathews, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Olympus
  • Mr. William Mathews, (b. 1842), aged 23, British labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [7]
  • Miss Mary Mathews, (b. 1844), aged 21, British domestic servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Mathews (post 1700) +

  • David Mathews (b. 1800), American lawyer and politician, Mayor of New York (1776 to 1783), a Loyalist during the American Revolutionary War, he later moved to Nova Scotia
  • Walter Mathews (1926-2012), American character actor from New York City, known for The Naked Kiss (1964), Mission Kill (1986) and That Girl (1966)
  • Arthur F. Mathews (1860-1945), American Tonalist painter, one of the founders of the American Arts and Crafts Movement
  • Walter J. Mathews (1850-1947), American architect based in Oakland, California, older brother of Arthur Frank Mathews
  • Harry Mathews (1930-2017), American author of various novels, volumes of poetry and short fiction, and essays
  • George Mathews (1774-1836), American jurist, Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court
  • George Arthur Mathews (1852-1941), American lawyer from Brookings, South Dakota, Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Dakota Territory in 1889
  • George Mathews (1739-1812), American Continental Army officer during the American Revolutionary War and politician, Governor of Georgia (1793-1796)
  • George C. Mathews (1886-1946), American economist, Member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Cornelius Mathews (1817-1889), American writer, best known for his role in helping form the literary group known as Young America in the late 1830s
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Edward Mathews, British Chef from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [8]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. John William Mathews (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Percy Mathews, British Chief Mechanical, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. John Mathews, British Leading Steward, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. M R Mathews, British Lieutenant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Arthur Thomas Mathews, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [12]


Suggested Readings for the name Mathews +

  • 459 The Mat(t)hews Family by John R. Boots, A Matthews (also Mathews) Trail from Wales to West Virginia by Nelson Elbert Matthews, Mathews Family History by Nathan Mathews.

  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. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  5. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  9. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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