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Origins Available: English, Scottish, Welsh


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

Matthew Early Origins



The surname Matthew 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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Matthew Spelling Variations


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Matthew Spelling Variations



There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Matthew have included Mathews, Mathew, Matthew, Matthews, Mathewes and others.

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Matthew Early History


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Matthew Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matthew 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 Matthew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Matthew Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Matthew 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 Matthew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Matthew In Ireland


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Matthew In Ireland



Some of the Matthew 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



North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Matthew:

Matthew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Matthew, who arrived in Maryland in 1637

Matthew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Dietrick Matthew, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Matthew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Matthew, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Joseph Matthew, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846
  • Catherine Matthew, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1850

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, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834

Matthew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Matthew, a coach-maker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Selina Matthew arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Rajah"
  • Serina Matthew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849
  • Richard Matthew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849
  • Benjamin Matthew, aged 27, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Chatham"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Matthew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Matthew, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Hannah Matthew a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eagle" in 1854
  • Alexander Matthew, aged 24, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
  • Ann Matthew, aged 32, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
  • John Matthew, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Matthew (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Matthew (post 1700)



  • Arthur William Matthew, American actor, co-star of television's "The Honeymooners" in 1955-1956
  • Catr Iona Matthew MBE (b. 1969), Scottish LPGA professional golfer
  • Sir Tobie Matthew (1577-1655), English MP, courtier, diplomat and writer
  • Tobias Matthew (1546-1628), Archbishop of York, statesman and writer
  • Sir Robert Hogg Matthew OBE, FRIBA (1906-1975), Scottish architect

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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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Matthew Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Matthew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Matthew 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 18 September 2015 at 22:41.

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