Matthia Family 1917

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Matthia Family 1926

Links to other Family Websites:

Mathia, Bob
Franklin, Wisconsin


Mathia, Karl
Mt. View, California


Mathia, Thomas
Lyon, France

Central Europe Map 1786

Maps Page

Links to other Useful Websites:

Section of West Prussuan Land Register containing Mathia & Matthia families

Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS)

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA), Chicago, Illinois

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Bob Mathia, Karen Matthia Aland and Kurt Matthia

Your name may be spelled MATHIA, MATTHIA, MATHYIA, MATHEA, MATIA, MATYJA, MATTHIAE or even MATHIOWNA. No matter what the spelling, there is room for you here. Why not tell us about your ancestors, or send us a photo, or some interesting family histories!

Meaning of the Mathia - Matthia Name

The Mathiaker (in English)

The German tribe "the Matiaker," which settled by the Rhein and was mentioned by Tacitus in the listing of German tribes, was completely or partially conquered by the Romans under Caesar. With the vanquishing of the Romans by the Alemanni, the Matiaker came under their rule. In the end they were subsumed by the Franks.

There was always a shortage of land. One could clear the German primal forests or could emigrate. That is why the almost unpopulated ancient forests of East Europe were so inviting. The "Mathia" were supposed to have settled in West Prussia from the "Rhein Areas" in the 13th century. Probably the German Knightly Order invited them as settlers in order to have a settled rearward base for their ongoing conquests. After the conquest of the Germany Knightly Order by the Poles in 1408, the settlers came under Polish administration. After the third division of Poland, they became a part of Prussia.

The Mathiaker (in German)

Der germanische Stamm "der Matiaker", der bei Wiesbaden am Rhein siedelte and der auch von Tacitus in der Auflistung der germanischen Stämme erwähnt wird, wurde wohl ganz oder teilweise von den Römern unter Cäsar erobert. Mit der Vertreibung der Römer durch die Alamannen kamen sie unter deren Herrschaft. Letztlich wurden sie von den Franken vereinnahmt.

Und immer wieder wurde das Land zu knapp. Man rodete die germaischen Urwälder, oder wanderte aus. Dazu boten sich die fast menschenleeren Urwaldgebiete Osteuropas an. Die "Mathia" sollen im 13. Jahrhundert aus "rheinischen Gebieten" in Westpreußen gesiedelt haben. Wahrscheinlich hat der Deutsche Ritterorden sie als Siedler geworben, um besiedeltes Hinterland für seine weiterführenden Eroberungen zu haben. Nach der Besiegung des Deutschen Ritterordens durch die Polen 1408, kamen sie 1466 unter polnische Oberhoheit. Nach der dritten Teilung Polens kamen sie zu Preußen.