The surname Matos is derived from the Portuguese word "mato," which means "bush, forest or scrubland." There are also a few places in Portugal named Matos, which were no doubt named for their geographic features. The surname was most likely originally a habitation name created from the place name.
The surname Matos was first found in the Spanish kingdom of Leon. Matos is the name of one of the oldest families of Portugal, who claim descent from the Kings of the ancient Spanish kingdom of Leon.
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