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.
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.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)
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)
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.
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.