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Matheson Name Meaning

Scottish: patronymic from a short form of Matthew.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Mathieson, Mathison, Matteson, Mathson, Mathewson, Matson, Mattison

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Where is the Matheson family from?

You can see how Matheson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Matheson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Matheson families were found in and Scotland in 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1911 there were 575 Matheson families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 34% of all the recorded Matheson's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Matheson families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Matheson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Matheson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Matheson. 48% of Matheson men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Matheson women worked as an Income. Some less common occupations for Americans named Matheson were Carpenter and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    48%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Income
    14%
  • Teacher
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Stenographer
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 60,000 immigration records available for the last name Matheson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Matheson. For the veterans among your Matheson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Matheson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Matheson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Matheson in 1940 was 28, and 78 in 2004.

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