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Matey Name Meaning

Ukrainian: from the personal name Matey (see Matthew). Americanized spelling of Czech Matej or Slovak Matej. French (eastern): from a regional variant of the personal name Mathieu. Possibly also Galician: a habitational name from Matey, a minor place in Lugo province, Galicia.

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


Similar surnames: Mathey, Mate, Maxey, Mates, Macey, Mantey, Mabey, Mathy, Mazey

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Where is the Matey family from?

You can see how Matey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Matey family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Matey families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Matey family living in Indiana. This was 100% of all the recorded Matey's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Matey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Matey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Matey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Matey. 29% of Matey men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Matey women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Matey were Farmer and Clerk.

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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
    29%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Miner
    8%
  • Farmer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
    25%
  • Housework
    25%
  • School Teacher
    25%
  • Clerk
    25%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Matey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Matey 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 514 immigration records available for the last name Matey. 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 582 military records available for the last name Matey. For the veterans among your Matey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Matey lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Matey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Matey in 1947 was 33, and 56 in 2004.

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