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Matkin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The surname Matkin is a patronymic surname created from the personal name Matthew.

Early Origins of the Matkin family


The surname Matkin was first found in Glamorganshire (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Glywysing, 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 Matkin family


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Matkin Spelling Variations


Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Matkin has seen various spelling variations: Mathews, Mathew, Matthew, Matthews, Mathewes and others.

Early Notables of the Matkin family (pre 1700)


Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir David Mathew (1400-1484) was a Welsh knight, Lord of Llandaff, Seneschal of Llandaff Cathedral, one of the ten Great Barons of Glamorgan, Marcher Lord and Standard Bearer of England; Pope Matthew I of Alexandria (Matheos) (1378-1408), 87th Coptic Pope of...
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Migration of the Matkin family to Ireland


Some of the Matkin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Matkin family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Matkin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mattw Matkin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774

Contemporary Notables of the name Matkin (post 1700)


  • John Landa Matkin (b. 1986), American-born Guamanian footballer, member of the Guam National Team (2011-)
  • James G. "Jim" Matkin QC (b. 1942), Canadian lawyer and politician, former Deputy Minister of Labour and of Intergovernmental Relations, former President and CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia
  • Rachel Matkin (b. 1975), Canadian Juno Award nominated country music artist

The Matkin 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: Y fyn Duw a fydd
Motto Translation: What God wills, will be.


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