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Meaning and name origin
Matthew \m(a)-tthew\ as a boy's 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 the life 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 variant forms: 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.
Matthew is a very popular first name for males (#25 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2827 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Matthew for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Matthew and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Mat, Mateo, Mathew, Mathias, Matias, Matt, Matteo, Matthew, Matthias, Mattias and Mattie. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Matther. These names tend to be less commonly used than Matthew.
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