Mathews Family History

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Mathews Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Mathew; a variant spelling of Matthews. In the U.S., this form has absorbed some European cognates such as German Matthäus.

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

Similar surnames: Mathes, Mathew, Matthew, Matheis, Matthews, Matthes, Mathers, Mathies

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Mathews Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mathews name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Mathews. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Mathews Family Origin

Where is the Mathews family from?

Mathews Family Occupations

What did your Mathews ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Mathews occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Mathews's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Mathews family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mathews.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Mathews ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Mathews Historical Records

What Mathews family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 536,000 census records available for the last name Mathews. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mathews census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 46,000 immigration records available for the last name Mathews. 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 Card

There are 78,000 military records available for the last name Mathews. For the veterans among your Mathews ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mathews Life Expectancy

What is the average Mathews lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Mathews life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Mathews in 1940 was 29, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mathews ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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