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As with many French family names, the distinguished surname Matte is rich in ancient heritage. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in France were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The name Matte is derived from the Hebrew Biblical given name Matityahu (Matthew), meaning gift of God.

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The surname Matte was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where the family has held a family seat since early times.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mathieu, Mathieue, Mathieues, Mathieus, Mathieux, Mathis, Matieu, Matieue, Mathius, Matieues, Matieus, Matieux, Mathioux, Mathioue and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matte research. Another 475 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1286, 1682, 1808, 1810, and 1865 are included under the topic Early Matte History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Matte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Matte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Gottlob Matte, who landed in Brazil in 1828
  • Joseph Matte, who was naturalized in Oregon in 1841

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  • Thomas Roland Matte (b. 1939), American football player
  • Jean-Paul Matte, Canadian politician and a Member of the House of Commons
  • Lucien Matte (1907-1975), Canadian Jesuit priest and educator
  • Kristian Matte (b. 1985), professional Canadian football offensive linemen
  • René Matte (b. 1935), Canadian politician and a Member of the House of Commons
  • Roland Joseph Matte (1909-1988), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Joseph Alexandre Matte (1893-1961), Canadian professional ice hockey player


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