Origins Available: English
The surname Mattisyn 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 Mattisyn family
The surname Mattisyn 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 Mattisyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mattisyn research.Another 147 words (10 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 Mattisyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mattisyn Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Mattisyn were recorded, including Matthew, Matthews, Matthewson, Matheson, Mathew, Mathews and many more.
Early Notables of the Mattisyn 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... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mattisyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mattisyn family to Ireland
Some of the Mattisyn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 203 words (14 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 Mattisyn family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Mattisyn arrived in North America very early: 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.