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

First found in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain.


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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.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • 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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  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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  7. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  8. 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.
  9. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  10. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
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The Mata Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mata Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 2 November 2015 at 14:14.

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