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The Welsh surname Mattock is derived from the early Welsh personal name Madoc. This was also written as Madawc and Madog, from the Old Welsh name Matoc, which had the literal meaning of goodly.


The surname Mattock was first found in Herefordshire, 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.

The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Mattock have included Maddox, Maddix, Maddick, Mattick, Matticks, Mattix, Maddock, Maddockes, Maddocks, Madocks, Madox, Madoch, Mattock and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mattock research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1697, 1759 and 1736 are included under the topic Early Mattock History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mattock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Mattock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Mattock:

Mattock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Mattock settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Mattock, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • Jonas Mattock, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Mattock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Wm Mattock, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Isobel Mattock, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1775

Mattock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Mattock, aged 22, a joiner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jubilee" in 1873
  • Eliza Mattock, aged 26, a housekeeper, arrived in Taranaki aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878


  • Robert K. Mattock, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1860
  • Clifford J. Mattock, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hartland, 1930


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The Mattock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mattock 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.

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