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The Mata surname is a habitational name derived from any of numerous places in Portugal and Spain named Mata, from the Spanish word "mata," meaning "wood," or "a forest."

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The surname Mata was first found in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mata, Matas, Matos and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mata research. Another 423 words (30 lines of text) covering the year 1469 is included under the topic Early Mata History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Mata Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mata Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Maria Mata who settled in Peru in 1559

Mata Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Pedro De Mata, who landed in America in 1811
  • Melchor De Mata, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Juan De Mata, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Gabriel Mata, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1817
  • Gabriel Mata who settled in Puerto Rico in 1817
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  • Mark Mata, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, 2011
  • M. Troy Mata, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Texas, 1994
  • Lisa Mata, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2012
  • Augustin Mata, American politician, Representative from Texas 23rd District, 1978
  • Eduardo Mata (1942-1995), Mexican internationally known music conductor
  • Mariano de la Mata (1905-1983), Augustinian priest and missionary to Brazil
  • Francisco Mata (b. 1932), Venezuelan singer and composer
  • Vanessa da Mata (b. 1976), Brazilian singer and composer
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    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    3. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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