First name origin & meaning:
Old English: Strong army
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: occupational name for a mower or reaper of grass or
hay, Old English mǣðere. Compare Mead,
Mower. Hay was formerly of great importance, not only as feed
for animals in winter but also for bedding.
- English: in southern
Lancashire, where it has long been a common surname, it is probably a
relatively late development of Madder (see Mader).
- English: The prominent Mather family of New England were established in
America by Richard Mather (1596–1669) in 1635. He was a Puritan
clergyman from a well-established family of Lowton, Lancashire,
England. After he emigrated, he was in great demand as a preacher,
finally settling in Dorchester, MA. His son Increase Mather
(1639–1723) was a diplomat and president of Harvard. He married his
step-sister Maria Cotton, herself the daughter of an eminent Puritan
divine, John Cotton. Their son Cotton Mather (1663–1728) bore both
family names. The latter was a minister who is remembered for his part
in witchcraft trials, but he was also a man of science and a fellow of
the Royal Society in London.
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