Mathys History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Mathys 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 Mathys family
The surname Mathys 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.
Important Dates for the Mathys family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mathys 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 Mathys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mathys 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.
Early Notables of the Mathys 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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Migration of the Mathys family to Ireland
Some of the Mathys family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Mathys migration to the United States
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 Mathys or a variant listed above:
Mathys Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jury Mathys, who arrived in New York in 1715-1716 
- John Mathys, who landed in South Carolina in 1744 
Mathys Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Alfred Mathys, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 
- Arnold Mathys, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 
- Ernest Mathys, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 
- Jakob Mathys, who arrived in Kentucky in 1886 
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