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

Mattes Early Origins



The surname Mattes 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.

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Mattes Spelling Variations


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Mattes Spelling Variations



Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Mattes has occasionally been spelled Mathews, Mathew, Matthew, Matthews, Mathewes and others.

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Mattes Early History


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Mattes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mattes research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1484, 1378, 1408, 1546, 1628, 1577, 1655, 1600, 1660, 1656, 1676, 1751, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Mattes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mattes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mattes Early Notables (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...

Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mattes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mattes In Ireland


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Mattes In Ireland



Some of the Mattes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Mattes

Mattes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Stephen Mattes, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Johan Michael Mattes, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johan Philip Mattes, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764
  • Johan Filp Mattes, who was among the Palatines, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1764 aboard the King of Prussia

Mattes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Mattes, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County Pennsylvania in 1854
  • John Mattes, who arrived in Iowa in 1864
  • Paul Mattes, who landed in Iowa in 1864
  • Andrew Mattes, who was naturalized in Erie County, Pennsylvania in 1869

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mattes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mattes (post 1700)



  • Merrill J Mattes (1910-1996), award-winning historian with the National Park Service, whose interest was the frontier trails of the American Midwest
  • Troy Mattes (b. 1975), professional baseball pitcher

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
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    The Mattes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mattes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 April 2014 at 11:00.

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