Gender Masculine & Feminine
Pronounced Pron. MA-TEES (French)
Other Forms FormsFrench variants: Mathisse, Mathysse, Matice, Matysse. English variant: Matiesse
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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 4/17/2013
Derived from the French surname of Matisse, which is a patronymic surname that is derived from the given name Mathis. The surname was most famously borne by the French artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954), who is likely the reason behind the popularity of Matisse as a given name in the 21st century.Matisse as a given name is strictly masculine in France. It is unisex in other countries, but often not equally so for the two genders: for example, it is predominantly feminine in the USA and predominantly masculine in Belgium and the Netherlands.