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Origins Available: Portuguese, Spanish


The Matos 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 Matos 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 Matos research. Another 423 words (30 lines of text) covering the year 1469 is included under the topic Early Matos History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Matos Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jose Matos, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1881
  • Daniel Matos, aged 30, who emigrated to America, in 1893

Matos Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Carlos Matos, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Constantino Matos, aged 40, who landed in America from Baranquilla, Columbia, in 1908
  • Anita Matos, aged 15, who landed in America from Palamos, Spain, in 1912
  • Antonia Matos, aged 10, who settled in America from Guatemala, Guatemala Cent. Am, in 1915
  • Antonio Matos, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Corunna, Spain, in 1916


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  • Harry Matos (b. 1911), American football player
  • Grant Matos (b. 1981), American National Football League wide receiver
  • Eddie "E-Z" Matos, American disc jockey and music producer from New York City
  • Eddie Matos (b. 1972), American actor
  • Pedro Matos (b. 1989), Brazilian football player
  • Roy Chaderton Matos (b. 1942), Venezuelan diplomat
  • Manuel Vieira de Matos (1861-1932), archbishop of Braga, Portugal
  • Marcelo Matos (b. 1984), Brazilian football midfielder
  • Marcelo Mendonça de Matos (b. 1984), Brazilian football midfielder
  • Marcelo Roberto Lima de Matos (b. 1986), Brazilian football midfielder

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  1. 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.
  2. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  7. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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