Matheus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Matheus emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of barbarian tribes. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

Early Origins of the Matheus family

The surname Matheus was first found in Prussia, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. The name stems from two sources which were continually mixed up throughout the Middle Ages, so they can no longer be differentiated: one was Matthaeus the Evangelist, who was patron saint of tax collectors, and the other was Mattias ( Hebrew for "gift of the gods",) who was one of the twelve Apostles. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in local social and political affairs.

Early History of the Matheus family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matheus research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1727, 1710, 1558, 1504, 1565, 1681, 1764, 1681, 1764, 1761, 1831, 1809 and 1811 are included under the topic Early Matheus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Matheus Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Matheus include Mathias, Matthias, Mathius, Matthius, Matheus, Mathesius, Matheson, Matthisson, Mathies, Mathiessen, Thiessen and many more.

Early Notables of the Matheus family (pre 1700)

Notable figures of the time with the name Matheus were Johannes Mathesius (1504-1565), who was a friend and disciple of Martin Luther. He is the author of the first biography of Luther, and himself wrote hymns and sermons. Johann Mattheson (1681-1764) was a musician and translator and produced the first German imitation of "The Spectator."...
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United States Matheus migration to the United States +

The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Matheuss to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Matheus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Matheus, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Henrich Matheus, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Johann Martin Matheus, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Andreas Matheus, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Bernhart Matheus, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754
Matheus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nicholaus Matheus, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
  • Auguste Matheus, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [1]

Canada Matheus migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Matheus Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Finer Matheus, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Contemporary Notables of the name Matheus (post 1700) +

  • Timothy S. Matheus, American Republican politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 7th District, 1978 [2]
  • Al Matheus, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1996 [2]
  • Jacobus Matheus Willems (1900-1983), track cyclist from the Netherlands

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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