Mato Family History
Mato Name Meaning
Galician and Portuguese: widespread habitational name from any of numerous places in Galicia and Portugal named Mato, from mata ‘brushwood’, ‘scrub’, ‘thicket’. Spanish: topographic name from mato ‘scrub’. Catalan (Mató): metonymic occupational name for a dairyman, from a word meaning ‘cream’; ‘curds’, ‘curd cheese’. Hungarian (Mató): from a pet form of the personal name Maté, Hungarian form of Matthew.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press