The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland
spawned the ancestors of the Mathiesen family. Their name comes from the son of Matthew.
In Gaelic, the name was spelled M'Mhathain
The latter names in Gaelic were probably derived from Mac Mhathghamhuin
which means son of the bear.
Indeed, early references of the name have reference to the Scottish bear.
Early Origins of the Mathiesen family
The surname Mathiesen was first found in the Scottish Highlands were they could be found in Lochalsh, Lochcarron and Kintail. They are said to descend from Gilleoin of the ancient and royal house of Lorne. They gave their allegiance to the Clan
MacDonald, the Lord of the Isles. Kenneth MacMathan (Cormac Mac Mathian) was the constable of Eilean Donan castle and is recorded in most accounts of the invasion of King Haakon IV of Norway against Scotland
in the 13th century. One accounts suggests that McMathan and his clansmen fought under the Earl of Ross, defeating Haaken at Largs in 1263. There is a record of Kermac Macmaghan in Inverness, receiving 20 cows from the Earl of Ross in 1264.
Early History of the Mathiesen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mathiesen research.Another 418 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1400, 1411, 1427, 1498, 1514, 1427, 1600, 1539, 1570, 1631, 1688, 1715, 1719, 1820, 1851, 1683, 1796, 1878, 1851 and 1963 are included under the topic Early Mathiesen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mathiesen Spelling Variations
The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations
of the same name. Mathiesen has been recorded as Mathieson, MacMaghan, MacMathan MacMaken, Mathie, Mann and many more.
Early Notables of the Mathiesen family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Margaret Matson, one of two women tried in Philadelphia for witchcraft in 1683; Sir James Nicolas Sutherland
Matheson (1796-1878), born in Shiness, Lairg, who made a great fortune in the opium trade, and was created the 1st Baronet
in 1851. His family proceeded to buy the former Clan
territories: James Matheson... Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mathiesen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mathiesen family to Ireland
Some of the Mathiesen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 30 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mathiesen family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Mathiesen, or a variant listed above: Alexander Matheson, who arrived in Boston in 1736; Charles Matheson, who came to Nova Scotia in 1773; John Matheson, who settled in Pictou, N.S. in 1773.
Contemporary Notables of the name Mathiesen (post 1700)
- Pia Bech Mathiesen (1962-2016), Danish designer and entrepreneur
- Per Mathiesen (1885-1971), Norwegian Olympic gold medalist gymnast
- Paul Mathiesen (b. 1977), Norwegian singer, best known as the vocalist of Susperia
- Niels Mathiesen (1829-1900), Norwegian politician and merchant
- Thomas Mathiesen (b. 1933), Norwegian sociologist
- Mattis Mathiesen (b. 1924), Norwegian photographer and film director
- Hein-Arne Mathiesen (b. 1971), Norwegian World Cup ski jumper
- Haaken L. Mathiesen (1858-1930), Norwegian landowner and businessperson
- Haagen Mathiesen (1759-1842), Norwegian timber merchant, ship-owner and politician
- Christian Pierre Mathiesen (1870-1953), Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party
- ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
The Mathiesen 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: Fac et Spera
Motto Translation: Do and hope.
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