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Mata Name Meaning

Portuguese and Spanish: habitational name from any of numerous places in Portugal and Spain named Mata, from mata ‘wood’, ‘forest’. Catalan: topographic name from mata ‘scrub’. Hungarian: from a pet form of the personal name Máté (see Matthew).

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

Similar surnames: Mato, Mate, Mota, Matas, Maia, Maya, Mara, Marta, Malta, Mita

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Where is the Mata family from?

You can see how Mata families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mata family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Mata families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 82 Mata families living in Texas. This was about 73% of all the recorded Mata's in the USA. Texas had the highest population of Mata families in 1880.
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What did your Mata ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mata. 45% of Mata men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Mata women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mata were Truck Driver and Servant.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Waitress
  • Maid
  • Servant
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Census Records

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Mata. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mata census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Mata. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Mata. For the veterans among your Mata ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mata lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Mata life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Mata in 1942 was 42, and 67 in 2004.

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