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Mates Name Meaning

Hungarian: from a pet form of the personal name Máté, Hungarian form of Matthew. Catalan: from the plural of mata ‘scrub’ (see Mata). Greek (Matis): from a pet form of the personal name Stamatios (see Stamatis). Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a personal name equivalent to Matthew.

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


Similar surnames: Matis, Mate, Matus, Matas, Manes, Mattes, Matos, Mares, Matey, Mathes

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Where is the Mates family from?

You can see how Mates families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mates family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mates families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Mates families living in Ohio. This was about 50% of all the recorded Mates's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Mates families in 1840.
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What did your Mates ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mates. 26% of Mates men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Mates women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mates were Salesman and Teacher.

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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
    26%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Clerk
    5%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Mates. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Mates. For the veterans among your Mates ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mates lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Mates life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Mates in 1950 was 54, and 83 in 2004.

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