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Mathia - Matthia Family Organization
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Your name may be spelled MATHIA, MATTHIA, MATHYIA, 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

  • According to William F. Hoffman, author of "Polish Surnames: Origins & Meanings", our name means "kin of Matthias," the apostle chosen to replace Judas after the Resurrection.
  • Günter Mathia of Haunsheim, Germany has provided this alternate explanation of the origin of the Mathia - Matthia name and the subsequent migration to West Prussia:

The Mathiaker

Die 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.

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.

 

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.

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.