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What does Matthew mean?

Matthew /mat-thew/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced MATH-yoo. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Matthew is "gift of God".

Biblical: the name of one of the twelve apostles, who wrote the first Gospel account of Jesus. His name is a form of the Hebrew name Mattathia. The alternate spelling Mathew is an English surname variant spelling. Actors Matthew Broderick, Matthew Modine, Matthew Perry, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Leblanc, Matt Damon; photographer Mathew Brady; poet Matthew Arnold; tennis celebrity Mats Wilander.


Matthew has 34 variants: Madteo, Madteos, Madtheos, Mat, Mata, Mateo, Mateus, Mateusz, Mathe, Matheu, Mathew, Mathian, Mathias, Mathieu, Matias, Matico, Mats, Matt, Mattaeus, Mattaus, Matteo, Matthaus, Mattheus, Matthias, Matthieu, Matthiew, Matti, Mattias, Mattie, Mattieu, Matty, Matvey, Matyas and Matz.

Related boy names: Mace and Mayhew.

Matthew has 3 feminine forms: Madison, Mattea and May.

Kreatif forms: Macthew, Manthew, Mitthew. [more]

How popular is Matthew?

Matthew is a very popular first name for men (#25 out of 1220, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#4971 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Matthew for boys. Matthew reached its top rank of #2 in the U.S. in 1996, and is currently at #16. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Matthew name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Matthew outside U.S.

Mat, Mateo (#106 the previous year), Mathew (#466), Mathias (#582), Matias (#503), Matt, Matteo (#375), Matthias (#580), Mattias and Mattie are the prominent variation forms of Matthew (#16 the previous year). These boy names are at the top of their popularity today (usage of 0.3975%), except for the forms Mat, Mathew and Matt which have become less stylish. The most fashionable boy names in this list are Mateo (#106), Matias (#503), Matteo (#375), Matthew (#16) and Matthias (#580). Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Matthew and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Matthew, Mat, Mateo, Mathew, Mathias in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Matias, Matt, Matteo, Matthias, Mattie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Matthew, Mathew, Matteo, Mattias outside U.S.

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Matther. This name tends to be less frequently used than Matthew.