Born 1623, Omny, Sussex, England; Death 24 July 1664, Newton, Charles, Maryland
The surname of Mattingly was a locational name, "of Mattingley," a spot in Hampshire. Early records of the name mention Matingelege (without surname) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Almost every city, town or village existing in the Middle Ages has served to name one or more families. Where a man lived was his means of identification. When a man left his birthplace or village where he had been known, and went elsewhere, people would likely refer to him by the name of his former residence or birthplace, or by the name of the land which he owned. When the coast of England was invaded by William the Conqueror in the year 1066, the Normans brought with them a store of French personal names, which soon, more or less, entirely replaced the traditional more varied Old English personal names, at least among the upper and middle classes. A century or so later, given names of the principal saints of the Christian church began to be used. It is from these two types of given name that the majority of the English patronymic surnames are derived and used to this day. Readers will see as they trace family lines, the Durbin, Logsdon, and Mattingly families landed in the same area of Maryland when they sailed from England to what was to become America. The families intermarried, attended the same church, migrated together and have continued to intermarry down through many generations. Illustrations and a full-name index add to the value of this work.
Betty Jewell Durbin Carson
(2016), 2019, 8x10, paper, index, 3 vols., 2096 pp.