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The surname Mathewson 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.

Mathewson Early Origins



The surname Mathewson 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.

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Mathewson Spelling Variations


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Mathewson Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Matthew, Matthews, Matthewson, Matheson, Mathew, Mathews and many more.

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Mathewson Early History


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Mathewson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mathewson research. Another 147 words (10 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 Mathewson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mathewson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mathewson Early Notables (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...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mathewson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mathewson In Ireland


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Mathewson In Ireland



Some of the Mathewson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 203 words (14 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



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Mathewson or a variant listed above:

Mathewson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Mathewson, who arrived in Virginia in 1655

Mathewson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Mathewson, who settled in Georgia in 1733
  • Roderick Mathewson, aged 18, landed in Wilmington, N C in 1774

Mathewson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mathew Mathewson, who arrived in America in 1801
  • Clark Mathewson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Eliza Mathewson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855

Mathewson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • David Mathewson, who landed in Mississippi in 1918

Mathewson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mary Mathewson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • William Mathewson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Mr. Charles Mathewson U.E., (Matheson) who settled in Saint Johns, 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

Mathewson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Mathewson, aged 21, arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816
  • Alexander Mathewson, aged 34, landed in Canada in 1815
  • Angus Mathewson, aged 6, arrived in Canada in 1815
  • Ann Mathewson, aged 34, landed in Canada in 1815
  • Catherine Mathewson, aged 2, arrived in Canada in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mathewson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mathewson (post 1700)



  • Major-General Lemuel Mathewson (1889-1970), American Commanding General 6th Army (1957-1958)
  • Henry Mathewson (1886-1917), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the New York Giants
  • Courtney Mathewson (b. 1986), American gold medalist water polo player at the 2010 FINA World Cup, recipient of the 2008 Peter J. Cutino Award
  • Christopher "Christy" Mathewson (1880-1925), nicknamed "Big Six", "The Christian Gentleman", or "Matty", an American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • James Arthur Mathewson (1890-1963), Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Montréal-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (1939-1948), Treasurer of Quebec from 1939 to 1944
  • James Mathewson (d. 1843), Irish-born miller, lumberman and politician in Upper Canada; he represented Frontenac in the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada from 1836 to 1841
  • Lemuel Mathewson (1899-1970), United States Army lieutenant general
  • Sir George Mathewson (b. 1940), British businessman, convener of Scotland's Council of Economic Advisers
  • Ron Mathewson (b. 1944), Scottish jazz double bassist and bass guitarist

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Mathewson Historic Events


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Mathewson Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Maud E. S. Mathewson, American 2nd Class passenger from Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Master Joseph Mathewson, American 2nd Class passenger from Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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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. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  11. ...

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