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The Welsh surname Mattox 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 Mattox family

The surname Mattox 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 Mattox family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mattox 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 Mattox History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mattox Spelling Variations

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Mattox has occasionally been spelled Maddox, Maddix, Maddick, Mattick, Matticks, Mattix, Maddock, Maddockes, Maddocks, Madocks, Madox, Madoch, Mattock and many more.

Early Notables of the Mattox family (pre 1700)

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Mattox Ranking

In the United States, the name Mattox is the 2,693rd most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Mattox family to Ireland

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United States Mattox migration to the United States +

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Mattox:

Mattox Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anne Mattox, who arrived in Maryland in 1669 [8]
Mattox Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margarett Mattox, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [8]
Mattox Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • P. S. Mattox, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1895
Mattox Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Fred Mattox, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Charles Mattox, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Ima G. Mattox, aged 34, who immigrated to America, in 1911
  • Fred P Mattox, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Linder Mattox, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Mattox (post 1700) +

  • Allison Mattox (b. 1986), American actress
  • Bernard Mattox (b. 1938), birth name of Gregory Walcott, American actor and producer
  • James "Jim" Powell Mattox (1896-1973), American Major League Baseball player who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1922 to 1923)
  • Marv Mattox (1900-1923), American National Football League blocking back who played with the Milwaukee Badgers during the 1923 NFL season
  • Cloy Mitchell Mattox (1902-1985), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Martha Mattox (1879-1933), American silent film actor
  • James Albon Mattox (1943-2008), American lawyer and Texas Democratic politician, who served two four-year terms as state Attorney General
  • Matt Mattox (b. 1921), American jazz and ballet dancer
  • Roger Mattox, American Republican politician, Chair of Le Flore County Republican Party, 2014 [9]
  • John L. Mattox, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Venango County, 1893-96 [9]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. James Durant Mattox, American Aviation Machinist's Mate Third Class from Florida, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [10]

Suggested Readings for the name Mattox +

  • Asa Lee Mattox and Nellie Frances Edwards by Patricia Eileen Jeski Goodspeed.

  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.
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  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from
  10. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook