Matthiesson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Matthiesson 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 Matthiesson family
The surname Matthiesson 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.
Early History of the Matthiesson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matthiesson 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 Matthiesson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Matthiesson Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Matthiesson are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Matthiesson include Matthew, Matthews, Matthewson, Matheson, Mathew, Mathews and many more.
Early Notables of the Matthiesson 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 Matthiesson family to Ireland
Some of the Matthiesson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Matthiesson family
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Matthiesson, or a variant listed above: Francis Matthews, who settled in New Hampshire in 1639; Benjamin Mathews, who settled in Virginia in 1653; Ann Matthews, who immigrated to Barbados in 1659.
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