Matthew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Matthew 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.

Early Origins of the Matthew family

The surname Matthew 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.

Important Dates for the Matthew family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matthew research. Another 74 words (5 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 Matthew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Matthew Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Matthew has been recorded under many different variations, including Matthew, Matthews, Matthewson, Matheson, Mathew, Mathews and many more.

Early Notables of the Matthew family (pre 1700)

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...
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Migration of the Matthew family to Ireland

Some of the Matthew family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 108 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Matthew migration to the United States

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Matthews were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Matthew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Matthew, who arrived in Maryland in 1637 [1]
Matthew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Dietrick Matthew, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
Matthew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Matthew, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Joseph Matthew, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [1]
  • Catherine Matthew, aged 18, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]

Matthew migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Matthew Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Matthew, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Morrice Matthew, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Matthew Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George Matthew, who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick between 1749 and 1800
  • George Matthew, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1813
  • Thomas Matthew, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834

Matthew migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Matthew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Matthew, a coach-maker, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Selina Matthew, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Rajah" [2]
  • Serina Matthew, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849 [2]
  • Richard Matthew, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849 [3]
  • Benjamin Matthew, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Chatham" [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Matthew migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Matthew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Matthew, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Hannah Matthew a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eagle" in 1854
  • Mrs. S. L. Matthew, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 [5]
  • Mr. William Matthew, (b. 1833), aged 25, Scottish agricultural labourer from Forfarshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1859 [6]
  • Miss Mary Ann Matthew, (b. 1813), aged 46, English housemaid from Somerset travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Matthew (post 1700)

  • Arthur William Matthew, American actor, co-star of television's "The Honeymooners" in 1955-1956
  • Brian Matthew (1928-2017), English broadcaster who worked for the BBC for 63 years (1954-2017)
  • Sir Tobie Matthew (1577-1655), English MP, courtier, diplomat and writer
  • Tobias Matthew (1546-1628), Archbishop of York, statesman and writer
  • Ms. Laurie Anne Matthew O.B.E.,, British Founder for Eighteen and Under, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Young People and Survivors of Sexual Abuse [7]
  • Catr Iona Matthew MBE (b. 1969), Scottish LPGA professional golfer
  • Sir Robert Hogg Matthew OBE, FRIBA (1906-1975), Scottish architect
  • Gordon Matthew Sumner CBE (b. 1951), English Rock musician, known by the nickname "Sting", recipient of sixteen Grammy Awards, and an Oscar nomination for best song
  • Dr. Darrin Matthew Disley O.B.E.,, British Chief Executive Officer for Horizon Discovery Group, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Business, to Enterprise and to Health [7]
  • Mr. Stephen Matthew Beardmore M.B.E.,, British Squadron Leader, recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [7]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Rajah.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHATHAM 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/chatham1852.shtml.
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
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