Mathis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
As with many French family names, the distinguished surname Mathis 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 Mathis is derived from the Hebrew Biblical given name Matityahu (Matthew), meaning "gift of God."
Early Origins of the Mathis family
The surname Mathis 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.
The earliest member of this family was recorded under the name of Mathieu de Vendôme, who died in 1286, and was the Abbot of St. Denis, and was the Regent of France when Saint Louis was on a crusade. The family branched out into: Lyonnais, where they were known as the Mathieu of Mathieu; to Alsace where they settled at Faviers and where they were the Barons Mathieu; to île-de-France where they held a family seat at Mauvieres and were Barons of the Empire in 1810; and to Comtes when they held a family seat at Rouergue and held the title of Count de la Redorte. The Mathieu family from Bourgogne, which originated from Nivernais, goes back to the time when Pierre Mathieu was living, at the end of the fifteenth century.
Among his descendants were: Hugues, an Elect of Charollais in 1682; Christophe J. A. Mathieu de Dombasle, an agronomist from the province of Lorraine, who invented a certain type of plow; David-Maurice-Joseph Mathieu, a General who was later made a Count of the Empire in 1810; Joseph-Ignace Mathieu de Mauvières, Mayor of Saint-Forget, who was named a Baron of the Empire in 1810; and Philippe Mathieu, 1808-1865, a politician and meteorologist.
Jean Mathieu, born in 1637, son of Jean and Isabelle (née Monnachau), was a French butcher that travelled from Angoulême, France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Anne Du Tertre, born in 1654, daughter of Pierre and Louise-Anne (née Goulet), at Château-Richer on 19th November 1669. They settled together at Ange-Gardien until Anne's death on 14th April 1696. Jean passed away on 1st May 1699. 
Early History of the Mathis family
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Mathis Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Mathieu, Mathieue, Mathieues, Mathieus, Mathieux, Mathis, Matieu, Matieue, Mathius, Matieues, Matieus, Matieux, Mathioux, Mathioue and many more.
Early Notables of the Mathis family (pre 1700)
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Mathis migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Mathis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Ann Mathis, who landed in Virginia in 1636 
Mathis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Hans Jacob Mathis, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 
Mathis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Christian Mathis, who arrived in New York in 1847 
- Cathrine Mathis, aged 26, who landed in New York, NY in 1852 
- Jean Mathis, aged 57, who arrived in New York, NY in 1852 
- John C Mathis, who landed in Indiana in 1852 
- Madeleine Mathis, aged 23, who arrived in New York, NY in 1852 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Mathis (post 1700) +
- Bill Mathis (1938-2020), American college and professional football player for the New York Titans/Jets (1960–1969)
- Marvin Dawson Mathis (1940-2017), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia (1971-1981)
- Samantha Mathis (b. 1970), American Screen Actors Guild Award and Young Artist Award nominated actress, American Psycho (2000), Buried (2010) and Broken Arrow (1996)
- Robert Nathan Mathis (b. 1981), American NFL football outside linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts
- Reginald Levi Mathis (b. 1956), former American football linebacker who played from 1979 to 1990
- Rashean Jamil Mathis (b. 1980), American NFL football cornerback for the Detroit Lions
- Kevin Bryant Mathis (b. 1974), former American NFL football cornerback who played from 1997 to 2006
- Jeffrey Stephen "Jeff" Mathis (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball catcher for the Miami Marlin
- Douglas Alan "Doug" Mathis (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball pitcher
- Clint Mathis (b. 1976), retired American soccer player and current assistant coach of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club
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Historic Events for the Mathis family +
Arrow Air Flight 1285
- Mr. Donald Lee Mathis (b. 1966), American Private from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA who died in the crash 
Related Stories +
Suggested Readings for the name Mathis +
- 503 The Mathis Family of Little Egg Harbor by Murray Harris.
- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
- ^ 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)
- ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550