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The German surname Matz 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.

Matz Early Origins



The surname Matz 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.

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Matz Spelling Variations


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Matz Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Matz include Mathias, Matthias, Mathius, Matthius, Matheus, Mathesius, Matheson, Matthisson, Mathies, Mathiessen, Thiessen and many more.

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Matz Early History


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Matz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matz research. Another 291 words (21 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 Matz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Matz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Matz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent bearers of the family name Matz during this time period 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...

Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Matz 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



Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North Ameri ca. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Matz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Stephan Matz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Jacob Matz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Johann Michael Matz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763
  • Georg Matz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1768
  • Paul Matz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Matz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Conrad Matz, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842
  • Wilhelmine Matz, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Anna Matz, who landed in Texas in 1854
  • Philip Matz, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Henriette Matz, who landed in Chile in 1887

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Contemporary Notables of the name Matz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Matz (post 1700)



  • W. J. Matz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1876
  • Simon Matz, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Hays City, Kansas, 1872-78
  • Max Matz, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1932
  • Lewis E. Matz, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 16th District, 1903
  • Howard L. Matz, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Waukesha County 1st District, 1956
  • Edward M. Matz, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1924
  • Michael Matz, American equestrian rider

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    2. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    3. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    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).
    11. ...

    The Matz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Matz 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 7 October 2015 at 15:25.

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