Mattos History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Welsh surname Mattos 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 Mattos family
The surname Mattos 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 Mattos family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mattos 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 Mattos History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mattos 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 Mattos have included Maddox, Maddix, Maddick, Mattick, Matticks, Mattix, Maddock, Maddockes, Maddocks, Madocks, Madox, Madoch, Mattock and many more.
Early Notables of the Mattos family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mattos family to Ireland
Some of the Mattos 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.
Mattos migration to the United States +
Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Mattos were found:
Mattos Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Phinelias Mattos, who arrived in Jamaica in 1741 
Contemporary Notables of the name Mattos (post 1700) +
- Grant Logan Mattos (b. 1981), American former NFL wide receiver and special teams player who played from 2003 to 2006
- Harry Mattos (1911-1992), nicknamed "The Horse" or "The Toe", an American NFL football halfback who played from 1935 to 1944
- George Mattos (1929-2012), American pole vaulter at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics
- William H. Mattos (b. 1952), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2004 
- Tomás de Mattos Hernández (b. 1947), Uruguayan writer and librarian
- Lídia Mattos (1924-2013), Brazilian radio, theater, television and film actress
- André Mattos (b. 1961), stage name of André de Mello Tavares de Mattos, a Brazilian actor
- Marcelo Mattos (b. 1984), Brazilian football defensive midfielder
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html