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Mathew Family History

Mathew Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Indian (southern states): variant spelling of Matthew. It is found as a personal name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. is used as a family name among families from southern India.

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

Similar surnames: Matthew, Mathai, Mayhew, Mathey, Mathe, Mathews, Mathes, Mather

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Where is the Mathew family from?

You can see how Mathew families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mathew family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mathew families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Mathew families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 16% of all the recorded Mathew's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Mathew families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mathew surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mathew ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mathew. 24% of Mathew men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Mathew women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mathew were Farm Laborer and Housewife.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Cook
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Mathew. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mathew 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Mathew. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Mathew. For the veterans among your Mathew ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mathew lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Mathew life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Mathew in 1943 was 44, and 63 in 2004.

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