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Derived from the Hebrew 'Mattathiah', this surname is recorded in over two hundred and fifty different spellings, and in every country of Europe. These range from Matthew, Matt, and Matchett in England, to Mathieu of France and Macieiczyk of Poland. From medieval times it has been recorded in every part of Christendom. Its popularity throughout Europe first as a baptismal name and then later as a surname dates from the 11th century when Crusaders, otherwise known as the "Knights Templar", returning from one of their many expeditions to the Holy Land, gave it to their sons in commemoration of the fathers (unsuccessful) attempt to free Palestine from the Muslims...

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