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Where did the Italian Demattia family come from? When did the Demattia family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Demattia family history?

The distinguished surname Demattia can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Piedmont. The most common type of family name found in the region of Piedmont is the patronymic surname, derived from the father's given name. The surname Demattia came from the personal name Matteo, which is the Italian form of the English Matthew. Ultimately, the name was inIn Hebrew, and meant "gift of God." This name was adopted into Latin as both Matthias and Matthaeus. During the medieval era, the personal name Matteo became popular as people often named their children after popular saints in the hopes that the child would enjoy that saint's patronage in later life.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Mattei, Mattedi, Matteini, Matteis, Matteo, Matteolli, Matteoni, Matteotti, Matteucci, Matteuzzi, Mattussi, Mattuzzi, Mattouzzi, Mattevi, Mattia, Mattiassi, Mattiato, Mattiazzi, Mattiello, Mattioni, Mattiuzzi, Mattissi, Mattucci, Matussi and many more.

First found in Abruzzi, a region in central Italy. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Demattia research. Another 297 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1188, 1586, 1643, 1643, 1753, 1779, 1792, 1832, 1833, 1480, 1501, 1577, 1640, 1694, 1350, 1675, 1672, 1750 and 1863 are included under the topic Early Demattia History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 315 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Demattia Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacob Matteis, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1741; Giacomo Mattei and Aynese Matteo, who both arrived on the S.S. Vincenzo Florio from Palermo in New York City in 1881.

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