Mattocks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Welsh surname Mattocks 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Mattocks family

The surname Mattocks was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where the singular name Madoch is recorded in Gloucestershire. [2]

"Madoc an ancient Welsh personal name. One Madoch was a tenant in chief in Herefordshire at the making of Domesday. He was doubtless a Welshman by birth." [3]

Dusting off more old references, we found Oenus filius Madoc in the Pipe Rolls for Salop (Shropshire) in 1160; Maddock le Waleys in the Assize Rolls for Staffordshire in 1283; and William Madoc in the Hundredorum Rolls for Shropshire in 1274. In Cheshire, Robert Mattok was listed there in the Assize Rolls for 1290 and Robert Madduk and Stephen Madek was found in Colchester in 1297. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Madoc de Sotton; Tudor ab Madoc; and Maddoc le Estrange. All were from Shropshire. [5]

"Maddock and Maddocks, forms of the ancient Welsh personal name of Madoc, have characterised Wales and the English border shires for ages. Madoch was the name of a Herefordshire tenant in Domesday times, whilst Maddox is still an old Hereford name. In the reign of Edward. I. there were persons of the name of Madoc in Shropshire (H. R.), in which county the names of Maddock and Maddocks still occur. Maddock is now a frequent name in Chester and its neighbourhood, and John Maddock was mayor of Chester in 1676 (Ormerod). Maddocks was the name of a very ancient family of Llanfrynach, Brecknockshire (Jones' "Brecknockshire")." [6]

Early History of the Mattocks family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mattocks research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1571, 1612, 1598, 1612, 1697, 1759 and 1736 are included under the topic Early Mattocks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mattocks 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 Mattocks have included Maddox, Maddix, Maddick, Mattick, Matticks, Mattix, Maddock, Maddockes, Maddocks, Madocks, Madox, Madoch, Mattock and many more.

Early Notables of the Mattocks family (pre 1700)

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Mattocks Ranking

In the United States, the name Mattocks is the 13,990th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Mattocks family to Ireland

Some of the Mattocks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Mattocks migration to the United States +

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 Mattocks:

Mattocks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • David Mattocks, who settled in New England in 1630
  • James Mattocks, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1638 [8]
  • David Mattocks, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1650 [8]
  • Henry Mattocks, who landed in New England in 1652 [8]
  • Ann Mattocks, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mattocks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Mattocks, who landed in New York in 1796 [8]

Australia Mattocks migration to Australia +

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

Mattocks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Mattocks (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Mattocks (1739-1804), American Continental Army officer and politician, Vermont State Treasurer
  • Gary Bizzette Mattocks (b. 1931), former American head football coach at Elon University from 1965 to 1966
  • Charles Porter Mattocks (1840-1910), American colonel in the Union Army who received the Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism on 6 April 1865, while serving with 17th Maine Infantry
  • John Mattocks (1777-1847), American politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives in 1807, 16th Governor of Vermont (1843-1844) [10]
  • Frederick W. Mattocks, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1912 [10]
  • John H. Mattocks, American politician, Burgess of Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1857-58, 1862 [10]
  • Isabella Mattocks (1746-1826), British actress and singer
  • George Mattocks (1735-1804), British stage actor and singer who was originally billed as George Maddox when he started at Drury Lane
  • Douglas Eric "Doug" Mattocks (1944-1999), English cricketer. Mattocks was a right-handed batsman who fielded as a wicket-keeper
  • Darren Dimitri Mattocks (b. 1990), Jamaican professional footballer who plays as a forward for Al-Merrikh and the Jamaica national football team
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  7. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  8. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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