Origin of the Name Matthews
The ancient history of the name Matthews
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Matthews is a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Matthew' or 'Gift of Yahweh', from the Hebrew personal name, 'Mattithyah'. Variants of Matthews include Mathew, Mathewson, Matthewson, Mathewes and Mathias. This name is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a Robert Matheu who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax of the West Riding of Yorkshire' in the year 1379. A Robert Mathewson was married in London in 1559. In Scotland A Patrick Mathew was Late Town officer in Edinburgh, in the year 1721. A Robert Mathow was Burgess Freeman of Glasgow, in the year 1661.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Matthews is also an occasional variant of the Gaelic name MacMahon which is derived from the Gaelic MacMathghamhna septs of Counteis Clare and Monaghan.
The Matthews coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Matthews descendants.