What does Matthew mean?
Matthew \m(a)-tthew\ 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.
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)
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)
A suggested similar baby name is Matther. This name tends to be less frequently used than Matthew.