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Matters Name Meaning

English: variant of Matter. English: probably a metonymic occupational name for a mattress maker or seller, from Middle English, Old French materas, or less likely for a maker of crossbow bolts, spears, and lances, from the Middle English homonym materas. Dutch: variant of Matter 2.

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


Similar surnames: Matter, Malter, Master, Metters, Latter, Fetters, Waters, Matte

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Where is the Matters family from?

You can see how Matters families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Matters family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Matters families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Matters families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 67% of all the recorded Matters's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Matters families in 1840.
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What did your Matters ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Matters. 20% of Matters men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Matters women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Matters were Proprietor 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
    20%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Proprietor
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Typist
    12%
  • Secretary
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Matters. 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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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Matters. For the veterans among your Matters ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Matters lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Matters life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Matters in 1943 was 46, and 69 in 2004.

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