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Mates Name Meaning

Romanian (Mateş): from a derivative of the personal name Matei ‘Matthew’. Croatian (mainly Mateš) and Hungarian: from a derivative of the personal name Mate (Hungarian Máté). Czech and Slovak: derivative of Czech and Slovak equivalents of the Latin personal name Matthaeus or Matthias (see Matthew ). Catalan: from the plural of mata ‘scrub’ (see Mata ). Americanized form of Greek Matis . English: variant of Mate with post-medieval excrescent -s. Compare Matts .7: Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a personal name equivalent to Matthew .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Matis, Mate, Matus, Matas, Manes, Mattes, Matos, Mares, Matey, Mathes

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Where is the Mates family from?

You can see how Mates families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mates family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mates families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 48 Mates families living in London. This was about 24% of all the recorded Mates's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Mates families in 1891.
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What did your Mates ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Mates. 28% of Mates men worked as a Builders Labourer and 81% of Mates women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mates were Coal Hewer (h W) and Shorthand Typist. .

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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 1939

  • Builders Labourer
  • General Labourer
  • Motor Driver
  • Coal Hewer (h W)

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Shorthand Typist
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Mates. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Mates. For the veterans among your Mates ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mates lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Mates life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Mates in 1950 was 54, and 83 in 2004.

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