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Matters Coat of Arms / Matters Family Crest

Matters Coat of Arms / Matters Family Crest

The surname of MATTERS is of two-fold origin. It was an occupational name 'the mather' - the mower. It was also a baptismal name 'the son of Madur'. The small villages of Europe, or royal and noble households, even large religious dwellings and monasteries gave rise to many family names, which reflected the occupation or profession of the original bearer of the name. Following the Crusades in Europe in the 11th 12th and 13th centuries a need was felt for an additional name. This was recognized by those of gentle birth, who realised that it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Other spellings of the name include MATTE, MATTNER, MATTLER, METH, METLIN and MATHER, to name but a few. Early records of the name in England mention Arnald MATERE who was recorded in the year 1214 in London and Richard le MATTERE was documented at the same place in 1310. Alexander MATRAS of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John MATRES appears in 1438 in Yorkshire. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. Later instances of the name include Roger MATHER, of Leigh of the County of Lancashire, Wills at Chester in 1582. Roland MATHER and Elizabeth Gibson were married at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in 1635.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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