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Multiple Origins for the Surname Matter


German


The name Matter 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.

Matter Early Origins



The surname Matter 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. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in local social and political affairs.

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Matter Spelling Variations


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Matter Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Matt, M atte, Mattlin, Matter, Mattler, Mattner, Mattmann and many more.

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Matter Early History


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Matter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matter research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1504, 1558, 1681, 1710, 1727, 1761, 1764, 1809, 1811, and 1831 are included under the topic Early Matter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Matter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Matter Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent bearers of the family name Matter during this time period were Johannes Mathesius (1504-65), 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...

Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Matter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Matter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Matter, who landed in Virginia in 1664

Matter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Matter, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Christopher Gotlip Matter, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Christopher Gotlip Matter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Diewald Matter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Jacob Matter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
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Matter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antony Matter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Anna Sophie Matter, aged 39, landed in America in 1843
  • Michael Matter, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846
  • Christ Matter, aged 16, who arrived in America, in 1892
  • Martha Matter, aged 10, who arrived in America, in 1892
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Matter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Cath. Matter, aged 23, who arrived in America from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Carl Matter, aged 23, who arrived in America from Eichberg, Germany, in 1909
  • John Matter, aged 39, who arrived in America, in 1909
  • Miss Emma Matter, aged 39, who arrived in America from Basel, Switzerland, in 1909
  • Pietro Paolo Matter, aged 23, who arrived in America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Matter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hannah Matter, aged 24, a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Matter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Matter (post 1700)



  • Herbert Matter (1907-1984), Swiss-born American photographer and graphic designer
  • Mercedes Matter (1913-2001), née Carles, an American painter and draughtswoman
  • Mani Matter (1936-1972), popular Swiss singer-songwriter
  • Niall Matter (b. 1980), Canadian actor, known for his roles in Eureka and Primeval: New World

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    4. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    8. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    9. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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    The Matter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Matter Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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