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Mathews Family History

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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Where is the Mathews family from?

You can see how Mathews families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mathews family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mathews families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 192 Mathews families living in New York. This was about 14% of all the recorded Mathews's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Mathews families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mathews surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mathews ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mathews. 18% of Mathews men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Mathews women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mathews were Truck Driver 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
    18%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Cook
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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