Matteis is an ancient family surname of Italian origin. Most Matteis families now reside in the southern part near Naples in a town called Avellino. The name originated in Chiusano San Domenico, and was often characterized with the nickname "Controme". Chiusano San Domenico is a very small town, but yet very old, going back more than 2000 years. It is mostly a residential community, with many families, including those bearing the name Matteis, including one "Pasquale Matteis". Its a very religious town, yet very nice and peaceful. Near the community is a great mountain which is very important to the people of Chiusano. It has religious significance, and has a cross at its top.