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ScriptsΜατθιας Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.ma-TEE-as German
MA-TYAS French
mə-THIE-əs English
MAT-tee-as Classical Latin

Meaning & History

Variant of Matthaios (see MATTHEW) which appears in the New Testament as the name of the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot. This was also the name of kings of Hungary, including Matthias I who made important reforms to the kingdom in the 15th century.
VariantsMathias, Mathis, Mattias German Mathias, Mattias Swedish Mathias Norwegian Mathias Danish Mathias, Mathis, Mathys French Matthijs Dutch Mattheus Biblical Latin Matthaios Biblical Greek
DiminutivesMats Swedish Mats Norwegian Mads Danish Thijs, Ties Dutch
Other Languages & CulturesMatia Basque Mattanyahu, Mattithyahu, Mattityahu Biblical Hebrew Matey Bulgarian Mateu Catalan Matej, Mateo, Matija, Mate, Matko, Mato Croatian Matěj, Matouš, Matyáš Czech Matthew, Mat, Mathew, Matt, Mattie, Matty English Matias, Matti Finnish Mate Georgian Matthaios Greek Makaio Hawaiian Mattityahu Hebrew Máté, Mátyás Hungarian Maitiú Irish Matteo, Mattia Italian Matas, Motiejus Lithuanian Matej Macedonian Maciej, Mateusz Polish Mateus, Matias Portuguese Matheus Portuguese (Brazilian) Matei Romanian Matfey, Matvei, Matvey, Motya Russian Mateja, Matija Serbian Matej, Matúš Slovak Matej, Matevž, Matija, Matjaž, Matic, Tjaž Slovene Mateo, Matías Spanish
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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute