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What does Matthew mean?

Matthew /mat-thew/ 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.

Associated with: gift, biblical, surname


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:
(male) Manthew, Matta, ..

(female) Matie, Matta, ..

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name history of Matthew for boys. Matthew reached its top rank of #2 in the U.S. in 1996, and is currently at #16. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Matthew name in U.S.

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

Mace, Mat, Mateo (#106 the previous year), Mateusz, Mathew (#466), Mathias (#582), Mathieu, Matias (#503), Matt, Matteo (#375), Matthias (#580), Mattias (#1744) and Mattie are the prominent variation forms of Matthew (#16 the previous year). These relations of Matthew reached the top of their popularity in the 1980s (usage of 2.61%) and are now much less common (usage 1.03%, 60.6%), with forms like Matt becoming less stylish. Matthew is the clear favorite, although Matias appears to be becoming a favorite too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Matthew, Mace, Mat, Mateo, Mateusz in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mathew, Mathias, Mathieu, Matias, Matt in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Matteo, Matthias, Mattias, Mattie in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Macghee (see Magee), Machen, Maither, Mandrew, Manten (see Manton), Martel, Marten, Martie, Mather, Matther and Mitchel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Matthew.