The surname Matthess is a patronymic
surname created from the personal name
Early Origins of the Matthess family
The surname Matthess 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 Matthess family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matthess 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 Matthess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Matthess Spelling Variations
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 Matthess has occasionally been spelled Mathews, Mathew, Matthew, Matthews, Mathewes and others.
Early Notables of the Matthess 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... Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Matthess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Matthess family to Ireland
Some of the Matthess 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.
Migration of the Matthess family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Matthess:
Matthess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Christian Friedrich Matthess, who landed in Illinois in 1848 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Matthess 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.