Quick Facts on Mathias
- French, German, Nordic
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Gift of God
Characteristics of Mathias
Etymology & Historical Origin - Mathias
Mathias is a German, French and Scandinavian form of Matthew, from the Hebrew “Mattathia” which means “Gift of God.” Matthew is borne from the Christian Bible as one of the four evangelists and the author of the first gospel of the New Testament (probably written in the 50s or 60s A.D.). Matthew’s gospel focuses on presenting Jesus as Israel’s messiah. It recognizes the teachings of the Hebrew Bible and demonstrates that the teachings of Jesus were consistent with the Jewish message. As with the Old Testament, the gospel of Matthew is peppered with prophesies and presents Jesus as a modern-day Moses. Matthew also tells us that Jesus is descended from Abraham through David (with 42 generations separating them). We are introduced to Matthew as a tax-collector-turned-Jesus-follower (Matthew 9:9); later Jesus named Matthew as one of his chosen 12 disciples, giving all of them “authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction” (Matthew 10:1). Names of the four evangelists and 12 disciples have become some of the most widespread, enduring and commonly used names ever in the history of Western culture: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Andrew, James, Philip, Thomas, Simon, Thaddeus/Jude and sometimes Bartholomew (but not so much Judas Iscariot for obvious reasons). As a result, we also find several variations of these names rendered in different languages. In the case of Matthew we get Matthew (English), Matthias (Biblical Greek/Latin), Mathieu (French), Matthäus (German), Makaio (Hawaiian), Matteo (Italian), and Mateo (Spanish). Mathias is used among the Scandinavians, the Germans and the French as evidenced by his popularity in these countries. Mathias is the 3rd most popular boys name in Norway and the 8th in Denmark (2011). It’s a top 50 favorite in Belgium and a Top 75 in France.
Popularity of the Name Mathias
Mathias was on the Top 1000 list in the late 1800s, but pretty much disappeared during the entirety of the 20th century. The name resurfaced just this new century in 2003 but is still only lightly used. Parents may be looking for alternatives to Matthew which is a ubiquitous name in America and currently the 12th most popular. Mathias adds a nice Northern European twist to an old English favorite. Matteo is the Italian version also finding more favor today. Matthew will likely maintain his high ground for decades to come, but it’s always nice to have other options offered by various other Indo-European languages.
Popularity of the Boy Name Mathias
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Mathias
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Mathias
Mathias We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Mathias.
Popular Songs on Mathias
Mathias - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Mathias.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Mathias
Mathias Franey, Powder Monkey (Ellen W. Leroe) - Late in the summer afternoon of August 19, 1812, powder monkey Mathias "Minnow" Franey must face his fears when his ship, USS Constitution, opens fire on the British warship HMS Guerriere. Although Mathias has practiced passing cartridges to the gunners, this major battle will test his courage. When he and the crew are under attack, can Minnow find a "man-of war" spirit? The USS Constitution won a major naval victory when she defeated the British warship HMS Guerriere. The incidents that happened during the battle are recorded fact, and about 20 boys of different ages served as powder monkeys during the encounter. There is nothing known about the individual actions of the boys so writer Ellen W. Leroe used her imagination when creating this story. Working closely with historians from the USS Constitution Museum, Leroe accurately depicts what the battle experience would have been like for a young boy such as Mathias. Illustrator Sarah S. Brannen also worked diligently with the same historians and has created 15 fascinating water color illustrations. Look closely at the crews clothing, the battle scenes, and the Constitution itself. These illustrations accurately tell this historic tale. An excellent choice for introducing young readers to the War of 1812; children will be inspired by this endearing story of triumph and will yearn to learn more about America's history. Recommended for ages 5-9.
Famous People Named Mathias
Famous People Named Mathias - Mathias Kiwanuka (football player); Mathias Lauridsen (Danish male model)
Children of Famous People Named Mathias
Famous People Who Named Their Son Mathias - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Mathias.
Mathias - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Mathias - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Mathias.
Personality of the Boy Name Mathias
The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done. They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.
Variations of the Baby Name - Mathias