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

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The surname Mathews 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.

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Mathews has seen various spelling variations: Mathews, Mathew, Matthew, Matthews, Mathewes and others.


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

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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 Mathews Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Mathews 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 Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Mathews:

Mathews Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Mathews, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • James Mathews, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Edward Mathews, who arrived in Maryland in 1635
  • Roger Mathews, aged 28, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Anthony Mathews, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
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Mathews Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Luke Mathews, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Alexander Mathews, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Alice Mathews, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Alice Mathews, who settled in Virginia in 1714
  • Eleanor Mathews, who landed in Virginia in 1714
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Mathews Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Mathews, aged 24, arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Michael Mathews, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Emma Mathews, aged 2, arrived in New York, NY in 1842
  • Susan Mathews, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1842
  • Joseph Mathews, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
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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 [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. Richard Mathews U.E. born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Pennfield, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 listed as a Quaker [2]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. Charles Mathews U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]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
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Mathews Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Mathews, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1834

Mathews Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Mathews, a marble-polisher, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Mathews arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Mary Ann Mathews arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • George Mathews, aged 25, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849
  • Sarah Mathews, aged 27, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849
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Mathews Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • R Mathews landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1832
  • Felton Mathews landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Westminster
  • Charles Mathews landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Olympus
  • James Mathews arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Timaru" in 1870
  • Charlotte A. Mathews arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Timaru" in 1870
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  • Walter J. Mathews (1850-1947), American architect
  • Moses Mathews (1725-1806), American gunsmith who supplied the Continental Army in the American Revolution and was granted hundreds of acres by George Washington
  • Jessica Tuchman Mathews (b. 1946), American President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Henry Mason Mathews (1834-1884), American politician, 5th Governor of West Virginia (1877 to 1881)
  • Harry Mathews (b. 1930), American author
  • Eddie Mathews (1931-2001), American Major League Baseball third baseman, inductee into the Hall of Fame in (1978)
  • David Mathews (1800-1776), American lawyer and politician, Mayor of New York (1776 to 1783), a Loyalist during the American Revolutionary War, he later moved to Nova Scotia
  • Cornelius Mathews (1817-1889), American writer
  • Arthur F. Mathews (1860-1945), American Tonalist painter
  • Warren Mathews, American Physicist
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Mathews Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Edward Mathews, British Chef from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. John William Mathews (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Percy Mathews, British Chief Mechanical, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Mathews, British Leading Steward, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. M R Mathews, British Lieutenant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Arthur Thomas Mathews, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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  • 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.
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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: Y fyn Duw a fydd
Motto Translation: What God wills, will be.

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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
  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. ^ 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

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  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Mathews Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mathews 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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