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Matthews Family History

Matthews Name Meaning
English: patronymic from Matthew. In North America, this form has assimilated numerous vernacular derivatives in other languages of Latin Mat(t)hias and Matthaeus.Irish (Ulster and County Louth): used as an Americanized form of McMahon.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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131,988 Military Records
100,576 Immigration Records
945,006 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Matthews Families

  • Number of Matthews families
     487 - 971
     163 - 486
     1 - 162
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Matthews families
     2,207 - 4,411
     736 - 2,206
     1 - 735
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Matthews families
     102 - 202
     35 - 101
     1 - 34
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Matthews Family Origin

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Matthews Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Matthews

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Matthews Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Matthews Civil War Service Records

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