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.

Early Origins of the Mattocks family

The surname Mattocks 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.

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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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 [1]
  • David Mattocks, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1650 [1]
  • Henry Mattocks, who landed in New England in 1652 [1]
  • Ann Mattocks, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]

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) +

  • John H. Mattocks, American politician, Burgess of Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1857-58, 1862 [3]
  • John Mattocks (1777-1847), American politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives, 1807; U.S. Representative from Vermont, 1821-23, 1825-27, 1841-43 [3]
  • Frederick W. Mattocks, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1912 [3]
  • Anne Mattocks Strieber (1946-2015), American author, best known for her thrillers An Invisible Woman (2004) and Little Town Lies (2005)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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