Mata History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Mata family

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

Early History of the Mata family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mata research. Another 118 words (8 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.

Mata Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Mata family (pre 1700)

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


United States Mata migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Melchor De Mata, who arrived in America in 1813 [1]
  • Juan De Mata, who arrived in America in 1813 [1]
  • Gabriel Mata, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1817 [1]
  • Gabriel Mata who settled in Puerto Rico in 1817
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Mata (post 1700) +

  • Eduardo Mata (1942-1995), Mexican internationally known music conductor
  • Mariano de la Mata (1905-1983), Augustinian priest and missionary to Brazil
  • Mark Mata, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, 2011 [2]
  • M. Troy Mata, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Texas, 1994 [2]
  • Lisa Mata, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2012 [2]
  • Augustin Mata, American politician, Representative from Texas 23rd District, 1978 [2]
  • Francisco Mata (b. 1932), Venezuelan singer and composer
  • Vanessa da Mata (b. 1976), Brazilian singer and composer
  • James Mata Dwane (1848-1916), South African priest and founder of the Order of Ethiopia
  • Pedro Mata Domínguez (1875-1946), Spanish poet and novelist


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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