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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?




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What are the most common Matthews first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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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




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Matthewses in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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