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Matera Name Meaning

Italian: habitational name from Matera in Basilicata region.

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

Similar surnames: Macera, Madera, Mater, Manera, Matura, Butera, Sutera, Malter

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Where is the Matera family from?

You can see how Matera families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Matera family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Matera families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 35 Matera families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Matera's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Matera families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Matera surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Matera ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Matera. 32% of Matera men worked as a Laborer and 22% of Matera women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Matera were Salesman and Packer.

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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
  • New Worker
  • Truck Driver
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
  • Clerk
  • Operator
  • Packer
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Matera. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Matera 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Matera. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Matera. For the veterans among your Matera ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Matera lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Matera life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Matera in 1956 was 63, and 80 in 2004.

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