Mattoon name began in France as Maton. The name came from a group of people who produced barrels of wood to store foods which were called a ton. The family was called Maton or keeper of the ton. The spelling of the name changed over time and was spelled several different was through time, The family went to Holland and lived due to need for religious freedom. In about 1635 they came to the tip of Maine to live and moved to Deerfield Mass in a few years.