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Origins Available: English, Scottish

The surname Matteson is a patronymic name derived from the well known first name Matthew. This name is ultimately derived from the Hebrew personal name "Mattathaigh," meaning "gift of Jehovah;" it was Latinized as Matthaeus and Mathaeus. It was introduced to England by the Normans, and quickly became quite a popular name.


The surname Matteson was first found in the Domesday Book in 1086, listed as Mathiu and Matheus. They family came to England following the invasion of William the Conquerer in 1066.

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Matthew, Matthews, Matthewson, Matheson, Mathew, Mathews and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matteson research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1273, 1273, 1395, 1546, 1628, 1577, 1655, 1790, 1856, 1863, 1941, 1824, 1889, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Matteson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Tobias Matthew (1546-1628), Archbishop of York, statesman and writer; Sir Tobie Matthew (1577-1655), English MP, courtier, diplomat and writer; Father Theobald Mathew (1790-1856), who campaigned in Ireland...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Matteson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Matteson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Matteson or a variant listed above:

Matteson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles S Matteson, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1870

  • Tompkins Harrison Matteson (1813-1884), American painter, known for his historical, patriotic, and religious themes
  • Silas Matteson (1819-1895), American politician in Wisconsin, the first postmaster of New Cassell, Wisconsin
  • Orsamus Benajah Matteson (1805-1889), American lawyer and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York
  • Clifford Virgil Matteson (1861-1931), American professional baseball player who pitched one game in Major League Baseball for the 1884 St. Louis Maroons
  • Bob Matteson (b. 1952), retired American soccer player, member of the 1974 United States National Team
  • Steven R. Matteson (b. 1965), American typeface designer who has designed the font family Segoe for Microsoft and the Droid font collection for Android
  • John Matteson (b. 1961), American professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2008 for his first book, Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father
  • Troy Jason Matteson (b. 1979), American professional PGA golfer who has had 2 PGA Tour wins
  • Joel Aldrich Matteson (1808-1873), American politician, 10th Governor of Illinois (1853-1857)
  • Richmond Albert "Rich" Matteson (1929-1993), American jazz artist, collegiate music educator, international jazz clinician, big band leader, and jazz composer/arranger

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    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. 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.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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    The Matteson Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Matteson 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.

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