Matthews History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Matthews family

The surname Matthews 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 Matthews family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matthews research. Another 109 words (8 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 Matthews History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Matthews Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Matthews has seen various spelling variations: Mathews, Mathew, Matthew, Matthews, Mathewes and others.

Early Notables of the Matthews 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 Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St...
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Matthews World Ranking

In the United States, the name Matthews is the 169th most popular surname with an estimated 139,272 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Matthews is ranked the 285th most popular surname with an estimated 15,176 people with that name. [2] And in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Matthews is the 125th popular surname with an estimated 290 people with that name. [3] Australia ranks Matthews as 83rd with 29,255 people. [4] New Zealand ranks Matthews as 127th with 3,618 people. [5] The United Kingdom ranks Matthews as 89th with 52,209 people. [6] South Africa ranks Matthews as 496th with 14,497 people. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Matthews family to Ireland

Some of the Matthews family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 92 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Matthews migration to the United States +

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 Matthews

Matthews Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Samuel Matthews, who settled in Virginia from London in about 1618 and established a plantation at the mouth of the Warwick River
  • Francis Matthews, who landed in New England in 1631 [8]
  • James Matthews, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1634 [8]
  • Edward Matthews, who arrived in Maryland in 1635 [8]
  • Marmaduke Matthews, who arrived in New England in 1638 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Matthews Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Matthews, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [8]
  • Elander Matthews, who settled in Virginia in 1719
  • Elander Matthews, who arrived in Virginia in 1719 [8]
  • Maria Crete Matthews, aged 24, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [8]
  • Jacob Matthews, who arrived in Georgia in 1739 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Matthews Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Matthews, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1805 [8]
  • Gilley Matthews, aged 21, who arrived in Delaware in 1812 [8]
  • Samuel Matthews, aged 20, who arrived in Connecticut in 1812 [8]
  • Richard Matthews, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1819 [8]
  • Vincent I Matthews, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1824 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Matthews Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. William Matthews, (b. 1845), aged 55, American mason returning from Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 15th April 1900 en route to Rockaway, New York, USA [9]
  • Mrs. Margaret Matthews, (b. 1867), aged 33, Cornish settler, from St Ives, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Umbria" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 26th August 1900 en route to Ishpeming, Michigan, USA [9]
  • Mr. George Henry Matthews, (b. 1875), aged 25, Cornish gardener, from Mousehole, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Campania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 7th July 1900 en route to Braddock, Pennsylvania [9]
  • Mrs. Martha Matthews, (b. 1842), aged 59, Cornish housekeeper, from Camborne, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Majestic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 3rd October 1901 en route to Angels Camp, California, USA [9]
  • Mr. George Henry Matthews, (b. 1875), aged 28, Cornish rigger, from Mousehole, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Germanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 4th September 1903 en route to Braddock, Pennsylvania, USA [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Matthews migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Matthews Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Bayard Matthews, who immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1784
  • Mr. James Matthews U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [10]
  • Mr. Jonathan Matthews U.E., (Johnathan) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [10]
  • Mr. Thomas Matthews U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [10]
  • Mr. Thomas Elmes Matthews U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [10]
Matthews Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Marjorie Matthews, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1816
  • Thomas Matthews, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • Catherine Matthews, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • William Matthews, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mr. John Matthews, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Frankfield" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [11]

Australia Matthews migration to Australia +

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

Matthews Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Matthews, British Convict who was convicted in Hertfordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • Miss Mary Matthews, British Convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Experiment" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • Mr. Robert Matthews, (b. 1773), aged 30, English mariner who was convicted in London, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1828 [13]
  • Mr. Richard Matthews (b. 1780), aged 37, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 27th March 1817, sentenced for 7 years for stealing items of clothing from Thomas Vigurs Lawrence and Catherine Roscrow, transported aboard the ship "Lady Castlereagh" on 22nd December 1817 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [14]
  • Mr. John Matthews, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for pick pocketing, transported aboard the "Caledonia" on 5th July 1820, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [15]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Matthews 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:

Matthews Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J Matthews, who landed in Kaitaia, New Zealand in 1838
  • R Matthews, who landed in Kaitaia, New Zealand in 1839
  • Charles Matthews, who landed in Wairarapa, New Zealand in 1840
  • Edmund Israel Matthews, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Richard Matthews, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
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West Indies Matthews migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [16]
Matthews Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. John Matthews, (b. 1619), aged 16, British settler travelling aboard the ship "The Dorset" arriving in Barbados in September 1635 [17]
  • Ann Matthews, who immigrated to Barbados in 1659
Matthews Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Matthews, (b. 1869), aged 23, Cornish rope maker travelling aboard the ship "Majestic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 28th January 1892 en route to Havana, Cuba [9]
  • Mr. William Matthews, (b. 1866), aged 26, Cornish rope maker travelling aboard the ship "Majestic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 28th January 1892 en route to Havana, Cuba [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Matthews (post 1700) +

  • Will Bunn "Bunny" Matthews III (1951-2021), American cartoonist and writer from the Greater New Orleans Area
  • Jason Matthews (1951-2021), American author of the Red Sparrow spy novel trilogy
  • Mildred Shapley Matthews (1915-2016), American book editor and writer known for her astronomy books
  • Michael Shane Matthews (b. 1970), former American college and professional football quarterback
  • Charles Ray Matthews (b. 1939), American businessman, former member and chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission
  • Don Matthews (b. 1939), a.k.a. "The Don", American retired head coach of several teams in the CFL, won 231 games, inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in September 2011
  • Clay Matthews III (b. 1986), American NFL football linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, NFC Defensive Player of the Year (2010), Butkus Award (2010)
  • Christopher John "Chris" Matthews (b. 1945), American news anchor and political commentator, known for his show, Hardball with Chris Matthews
  • Herbert Matthews (1900-1977), foreign correspondent and editorialist for the New York Times
  • James Brander Matthews (1852-1929), American writer
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Miss Barbara Dawn Matthews (1919-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Palmerston, South Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [18]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Matthews, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [19]
Halifax Explosion
  • Master Willie  Matthews (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [20]
  • Mr. William  Matthews (1883-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [20]
  • Mrs. Clara  Matthews (1886-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [20]
  • Miss Doris Melba  Matthews (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [20]
Hillsborough disaster
  • Brian Christopher Matthews (1950-1989), English financial consultant who was attending the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield, Yorkshire when the stand allocated area became overcrowded and 96 people were crushed in what became known as the Hillsborough disaster and he died from his injuries [21]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • William Arthur Leonard Matthews (d. 1945), British Supply Chief Petty Officer aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [22]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William D Matthews (b. 1921), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Petersfield, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [23]
  • Mr. Stanley G Matthews (b. 1918), English Ordinary Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [23]
  • Mr. Albert G Matthews (b. 1917), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Bordon, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [23]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Robert Matthews, British Chief Sailmaker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [24]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William Edward Matthews (b. 1922), British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [25]
  • Mr. Norman Leonard Matthews (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class from Shirehampton, Bristol, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [25]
  • Mr. Edward J Matthews (b. 1921), English Able Bodied Seaman from Portsmouth, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [25]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Francis Herbert Matthews (1921-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [26]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Henry Matthews, English Second Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [27]
  • Mr. Thomas Matthews, American 3rd Class passenger from Calumet, Illinois, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [28]
  • Mrs. Annie Matthews, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [28]
  • Lieutenant Robert Matthews, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada going to England to enlist, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [28]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William John Matthews (d. 1912), aged 30, English Second Class passenger from St Austell, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [29]
Senghenydd colliery
  • Mr. Edward Matthews (b. 1852), Welsh coal miner from Penyrheol, Caerphilly, Wales who was working at the Senghenydd colliery when there was an explosion on the 14th October 1913; he died
  • Mr. Richard Matthews (b. 1876), Welsh coal miner from Senghenydd, Caerphilly, Wales who was working at the Senghenydd colliery when there was an explosion on the 14th October 1913; he died
SS Caribou
  • Mr. John Matthews (b. 1923), British crew member was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he survived the sinking, died in 2008
SS Newfoundland
  • Mr. Robert Matthews (1888-1914), Newfoundlander from New Perlican, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he died during this time


The Matthews 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Matthews +

  • The Mat(t)hews Family by John R. Boots.
  • A Matthews (also Mathews) Trail from Wales to West Virginia by Nelson Elbert Matthews.
  • Mathews Family History by Nathan Mathews.

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