Origins Available: English
The surname Mathussan 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 Mathussan family
The surname Mathussan 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 Mathussan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mathussan 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 Mathussan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mathussan Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Matthew, Matthews, Matthewson, Matheson, Mathew, Mathews and many more.
Early Notables of the Mathussan 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... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mathussan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mathussan family to Ireland
Some of the Mathussan 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.
Migration of the Mathussan family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Mathussan or a variant listed above: Francis Matthews, who settled in New Hampshire
in 1639; Benjamin Mathews, who settled in Virginia in 1653; Ann Matthews, who immigrated to Barbados in 1659.