Mah-THY-us or Muh-TEE-us
Aramaic variation of Matthew
"gift of God"

Matthias Origin and Meaning

The name Matthias is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "gift of God".

With Matthew sounding somewhat exhausted, and ancient endings sounding new again, this New Testament apostolic name makes an appealing and recommended choice. Both Mathias and Matias are well used in the Hispanic community, and throughout Europe. Will Ferrell and his Swedish wife chose Matias for their second son.

In the Bible, Matthias is the apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot. The Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches honor Matthias as a saint.

The Mathias spelling is used by George Eliot for the father of the protagonist of her novel Adam Bede.

Matthias is popular abroad, and especially in Austria, France, The Netherlands, Iceland and Belgium, where it is normally pronounced Muh-TEE-us, though Americans are more likely to say Mah-THY-us.

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Famous People Named Matthias

  • Saint MatthiasBiblical apostle chosen to replace Judas
  • Matthias CorvinusKing of Hungary and Croatia
  • Matthias Jakob SchleidenGerman botanist; founder of cell theory
  • Matthias Loy (18281915), hymnist
  • Matthias SchoenaertsBelgian actor
  • Matthias SammerGerman footballer and coach
  • Matthias SteinerGerman,American weightlifter
  • Matthias JabsGerman guitarist of band Scorpions
  • Matthias GrünewaldGerman painter
  • Matthias KobbingGerman footballer

Matthias in Pop Culture

  • Matthias Tunstalldog in the Provost's Dog series by Tamora Pierce
  • Matthiasmouse main character in "Redwall" by Brian Jacques
  • Matthias Helvarcharacter in Leigh Bardugo's "Six of Crows"
  • Matthias Fredrickfrom Team Edge (YouTube)
  • Matthias SchoenaertsBelgian Flemish actor, film producer, and graffiti artist
  • Matthiascharacter in Rebecca Stead's novel, First Light