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Origins of the Matthews surname

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What does the name Matthews mean?

The origin of the Matthews surname is thought to be England, where it is popular throughout the country and has spread throughout Britain. Matthews is a patronymic surname, given to those who are the son or descendant of someone named Matthew, a popular name throughout history across England.

Alternative variations of the name Matthews

Matthews, Matthew, Mathew, Mathews, Mathewes

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Where do most Matthewses live?

In 1921, most Matthewses lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Matthewses

How common is your surname?

100th most common surname in the UK

We have 298,000 records for the Matthews surname. The oldest one dates back to 1575.

Who were Matthewses most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Joneses

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Matthewses.

What are the most common Matthews first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Matthews family members

Common jobs for Matthewses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Matthewses in 1921
Dressmaker

1,469

Laundress

867

Domestic Servant

765

General Servant Domestic

762

Living On Own Means

554

Common Male occupations for Matthewses in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

1,198

General Labourer

1,167

Carpenter

898

Farm Labourer

872

Farmer

864

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