This is a surname of pre7th century Breton, Welsh and Olde English origins. There are at least thirteen modern surname spellings including Maddocks, Maddicks, Mattacks Mattock, Muttock, Mattick and Mattuck. In all cases and spellings the origins are the same. They all derive from the Old Welsh and Breton "Matoc or Madawc", personal names of great antiquity which translate as "the goodly one". This may be a reference to early members of the tribe who were holy men or hermits, people who performed good works for little reward. The first recording of the name in any spelling is believed to be that of Madoch, the Breton, in the 1086 Domesday Book. He was a follower of William, The Conqueror, and was rewarded with estates in the country region known as "The Marches" between England and Wales. Other early recordings include Madog (1150 - 1180), the son of Owain Gwynedd, King of North Wales, who is believed by some to have discovered America. The later surname development includes Robert Mattok of Cheshire, England, in 1290, and Robert Madduk of Cornwall in 1297. George, the son of John Mattock, was recorded at Winestead in Yorkshire, on March 20th 1583. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Maddoc, which was dated 1274, in the "Hundred Rolls" of the county of Shropshire. This was during the reign of King Edward 1of England, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Mattock — Mat tock, n. [AS. mattuc; cf. W. matog.] An implement for digging and grubbing. The head has two long steel blades, one like an adz and the other like a narrow ax or the point of a pickax. [1913 Webster] T is you must dig with mattock and with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mattock — (n.) O.E. mættoc, probably from V.L. *matteuca club, related to L. mateola, a kind of mallet (see MACE (Cf. mace) (n.1)), but this is not certain, and synonymous Rus. motyka, Lith. matikkas suggest other possibilities. OED says similar words in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • mattock — ► NOUN ▪ an agricultural tool similar to a pickaxe, but with one arm of the head curved like an adze and the other like a chisel edge. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • mattock — [mat′ək] n. [ME mattok < OE mattuc < VL * mattiuca < * mattea, back form. < L mateola, dim. < * matea < IE base * mat , hoe, club > Sans matyá , a harrow] a tool for loosening the soil, digging up and cutting roots, etc.: it… …   English World dictionary

  • Mattock — A cutter mattock, embedded in a lawn A mattock is a versatile hand tool, used for digging and chopping, similar to the pickaxe. It has a long handle, and a stout head, which combines an axe blade and an adze (cutter mattock) or a pick and an adze …   Wikipedia

  • mattock — noun Etymology: Middle English mattok, from Old English mattuc Date: before 12th century a digging and grubbing tool with features of an adze and an ax or pick …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mattock — /mat euhk/, n. an instrument for loosening the soil in digging, shaped like a pickax, but having one end broad instead of pointed. [bef. 900; ME mattok, OE mattuc] * * * Picklike digging implement, one of the oldest tools of agriculture. It… …   Universalium

  • mattock — noun An agricultural tool whose blades are at right angles to the body; similar in appearance to a pickax …   Wiktionary

  • Mattock —    1) Heb. ma eder, an instrument for dressing or pruning a vineyard (Isa. 7:25); a weeding hoe.    2) Heb. mahareshah (1 Sam. 13:1), perhaps the ploughshare or coulter.    3) Heb. herebh, marg. of text (2 Chr. 34:6). Authorized Version, with… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • mattock — Mawdesley Glossary a heavy hoe, one usedfor hoeing willows …   English dialects glossary

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