Matlak History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Matlak family

The surname Matlak was first found in Derbyshire, at Matlock, a parish, in the union of Bakewell, hundred of Wirksworth. "This place, which was formerly called Mesterford or Metesford, is equally celebrated for the beauty of its scenery, and the purity of its medicinal springs, and consists at present of the village and the baths, nearly a mile and a half distant from each other. The waters were first applied to medicinal uses about the end of the seventeenth century." [1]

Another source claims the early spellings of the place name differently as in Meslach [2] which was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 and later as Matlac in 1196. In this case, the place name literally meant "oak-tree where meetings are held," from the Old English "maethel" + "ac." [3]

Early History of the Matlak family

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Matlak Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Martlock, Matlock, Matlack, Marlott and others.

Early Notables of the Matlak family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Matlak family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Isobell Matlock, who arrived in New York in 1775. Listed among the United Empire Loyalists who settled in Canada in the 18th century was Caleb Matlock of Pelham, and Lucius Matlack born in the United States in 1816.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) on Facebook