The surname Mateus 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 Mateus was first found in the Spanish kingdom of Leon. Mateus 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Maria Manuela Matos, who came to New Orleans in 1778; Raymond Matos, who arrived at the port of New York in 1822; as well as Louis A. Matos, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Philadelphia in 1863..