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The MATTHEWS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 124,839 217 0.046 463
United States (1880 census) 14,950 384 0.030 299
Change since 1880 +109889 +167 +0.016 +164
Other Countries
Australia 12,034 82 0.074 736
United Kingdom 47,587 89 0.104 1,036
Top States for MATTHEWS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 9,615 240 0.046 461
North Carolina 8,190 92 0.102 1,017
California 8,021 397 0.024 237
Florida 7,545 222 0.047 472
New York 5,717 252 0.030 301
Top States for MATTHEWS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 4,186 119 0.104 1,043
Louisiana 4,555 101 0.102 1,019
North Carolina 8,190 92 0.102 1,017
Washington DC 563 81 0.098 984
Delaware 767 105 0.098 979

Notes

'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called MATTHEWS live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called MATTHEWS represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called MATTHEWS in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a MATTHEWS by picking someone at random in South Carolina than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of MATTHEWS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the MATTHEWS surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the MATTHEWS surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of MATTHEWS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 674 0.54
Asian/Pacific 612 0.49
White (Caucasian) 82,656 66.21
Black/African American 36,765 29.45
Mixed Race 2,235 1.79
White (Hispanic) 1,910 1.53

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the MATTHEWS surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of MATTHEWS in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of MATTHEWS.

Similar names to MATTHEWS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MATTHEWS.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for MATTHEWS

The following words are slight variants of MATTHEWS that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.