Matice is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes. It is derived from the baptismal name Matilda,
a popular woman's name in the 11th century.
Early Origins of the Matice family
The surname Matice was first found in Durham
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.
Early History of the Matice family
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Matice Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Matice are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Matice include: Madison, Maddison, Maddeson and others.
Early Notables of the Matice family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Matice family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Matice or a variant listed above: Isaac and Mary Maddeson, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Captain Maddison, who settled in Virginia in 1626; John and Mary Maddison, who settled in Virginia in 1624.
The Matice 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: Vae timido
Motto Translation: Woe to the timid.