Matter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Matter family

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.

Early History of the Matter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matter research. Another 146 words (10 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.

Matter Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Matter family (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 first German imitation of "The...
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United States Matter migration to the United States +

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 [1]
Matter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Matter, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [1]
  • Christopher Gotlip Matter, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Christopher Gotlip Matter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729 [1]
  • Diewald Matter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • Jacob Matter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Matter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antony Matter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Anna Sophie Matter, aged 39, who landed in America in 1843 [1]
  • Michael Matter, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [1]
  • Christ Matter, aged 16, who arrived in America, in 1892
  • Martha Matter, aged 10, who arrived in America, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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.)

Australia Matter migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Matter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Hannah Matter, aged 24, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park" [2]

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


  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. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA PARK 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/seapark1852.shtml.


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