Matravers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Matravers family

The surname Matravers was first found in Dorset where "Hugh Maltravers witnessed Henry I.'s charter to Montacute, and Stephen William Maltravers gave 1,000 marks of silver and £100 for the widow and lands of Hugh de la Val during the term of fifteen years, and then to have the benefit of her dowry and marriage." [1]

Later in Somerset, during the reign of Henry I., "Hugh Maltravers was a witness to the Charter made by that Monarch to the Monks of Montacute. " Another Maltravers "during the 5th of Stephen gave one thousand marks of silver and one hundred pounds for the widow of Hugh Delaval and lands of the said Hugh, during the term of fifteen years. " [2]

"Their home was at Wellcombe, and several manors in the county, Lytchet Maltravers, Loders Maltravers, Worth Maltravers, as well as Childrey Maltravers in Berkshire. Sir John Maltravers was Seneschal of the Household to Edward I., and another Sir John his son, who served in the Scottish wars, and was taken prisoner at the battle of Bannockburn, had summons to parliament as John Maltravers in 1327." [1]

Some believe that Lord Maltravers took part in the cruel murder of Edward II. After the death, he fled to Germany where he stayed for a number of years due to the judgement of death awaiting him should he return to England. Eventually he was granted a pardon by Edward III for his services abroad and was granted safe passage. Edward III granted Maltravers Governor of the Isles of Guernsey, Alderney and Sarke. [2]

It should be noted that the death of Edward II., at Berkeley Castle was surrounded with controversy. Some say he was murdered, others say he died of natural causes. Whatever the case, Maltravers was one of the people charged with tending to the care of Edward II.

Early History of the Matravers family

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Matravers Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Matravers include Maltravers, Matraves, Matravers, Mattravers and many more.

Early Notables of the Matravers family (pre 1700)

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United States Matravers migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Matraverss to arrive on North American shores:

Matravers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Matravers, who arrived in Virginia in 1726 [3]
Matravers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Cecil Henry Matravers, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Lucania" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Reginald Matravers, aged 29, originally from Fannton, England, who arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Liverpool, England [5]
  • Alice Matravers, aged 34, originally from Ilminster, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Philadelphia" from Southampton, England [6]
  • Reginald Matravers, aged 9, originally from Ilminster, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Philadelphia" from Southampton, England [7]
  • Queenie Matravers, aged 5, originally from Ilminster, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Philadelphia" from Southampton, England [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Matravers (post 1700) +

  • Sarah Matravers (b. 1975), English model and actress


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFXL-NMG : 6 December 2014), Cecil Henry Matravers, 14 Jan 1906; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Lucania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNR1-F6Y : 6 December 2014), Reginald Matravers, 18 Jan 1913; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6DL-Q2N : 6 December 2014), Alice Matravers, 25 Oct 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Philadelphia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6DL-Q2J : 6 December 2014), Reginald Matravers, 25 Oct 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Philadelphia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6DL-Q2V : 6 December 2014), Queenie Matravers, 25 Oct 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Philadelphia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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