Matthews Family History

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Matthews Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Matthew. In North America, this form has assimilated numerous vernacular derivatives in other languages of Latin Mat(t)hias and Matthaeus. Irish (Ulster and County Louth): used as an Americanized form of McMahon.

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

Similar surnames: Matthew, Mathews, Mathes, Matthes, Mattes, Matthey, Mathew, Matthias

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Matthews Family Origin

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Matthews Family Occupations

What did your Matthews ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Matthews. A less common occupation for the Matthews family was Coal Miner. The most common Matthews occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Matthews's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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

Matthews Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Matthews. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Matthews 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 112,000 immigration records available for the last name Matthews. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 147,000 military records available for the last name Matthews. For the veterans among your Matthews ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Matthews Life Expectancy

What is the average Matthews lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Matthews life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Matthews in 1940 was 44, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Matthews 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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