Matthew - Meaning of Matthew
[ 2 syll. mat-(t)hew, ma-tth-ew ] The baby boy name Matthew is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is MAE-TH-Yuw (English) †. Matthew is used chiefly in the English language and its origin is Hebrew. The name is of the meaning gift of Yahweh. A biblical name, it is derived from the elements 'mattath' meaning gift, reward ; 'yahweh' name of God. Mattathia (Hebrew), Matthaeus (Latin), Matthaios (Old Greek), Mattithyahu (Hebrew), and Mattitjahu (Hebrew) are old forms of Matthew. In the Bible, Matthew was one of the four evangelists and the author of the first Gospel named after him. The name was brought into England by the Normans in medieval forms such as Mathiu and Matheu. It saw a revival after the Reformation, although the Greek form Matthias was favored. In literature, it has been used in Ben Jonson's comedy play Every Man in his Humour (1598) and in Tobias Smollett's picaresque novel The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771). The name Mattea (English and Italian) is the female form of Matthew.
Matthew is a widely used name; it has 101 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Madteo, Madteos, Madtheos, Mateo (used in Spanish too), Mathé, Mathia, Mathian, Mathias (used in German and Scandinavian too), Mathieson, Matias (used in Finnish, German, Portuguese, and Spanish too), Matico, Matiu, Matro, Mattaeus, Mattaus, Mattew, Matthews, Matthia, Matthias (used in German too), Matthiew, Mattias (used in German and Scandinavian too), Mattieu, Mattithyahu, Mattmias, Mattox, Matz, and Mayhew (used in French too). Other English forms include the contractions Mat and Matt (used in Estonian, and French too), the pet forms Mattie and Matty, and the variant spelling Mathew (used in Welsh too).
Foreign variants of Matthew include Maciej (Polish), Maitiu (Irish), Maitiú (Irish), Makaio (Hawaiian), Mata (Scottish), Matai (Basque and Slavic), Matas (Lithuanian), Mate (Hungarian), Matei (Slavic), Mateja (Slavic), Matek (Czech), Mateu (Catalan), Mateus (Portuguese), Mateusz (Polish), Matéo (French), Matfei (Russian), Matha (Irish), Mathäus (German), Matheiu (Romanian), Matheu (Dutch, French, German, and Spanish), Mathéo (French), Mathies (Scandinavian), Mathieu (French), Mathijs (Dutch), Mathis (French, German, and Scandinavian), Mati (Estonian), Matia (Basque), Matija (Hungarian and Slavic), Matías (Spanish), and Matjasz (Polish). Specific foreign variants include the contractions Maciek (Polish), Mads (Scandinavian), Mathe (German), Mats (Scandinavian), Mattes (German), Thies (German), Thiess (German), and Thijs (Dutch), and the pet forms Matej (Czech and Slavic), Matti (Finnish), and Tijs (Dutch).
Matthew is very popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity jumped from the 1930s up to the 1980s. At the peak of its usage in 1983, 2.696% of baby boys were given the name Matthew. Its ranking then was #3. The baby name has since experienced a fall in popularity. In 2018, its usage was only 0.514% and its ranking #20, but it was nonetheless the most popular out of all boy names in its group. In 2018, Matthew was used 21% more than the next ranked name, Mateo. Matthew has in the past century been predominantly given to baby boys. In 1989, baby boys named Matthew outnumbered girls by 249 times.
Baby names that sound like Matthew include Maddee, Maddey, Maddi, Maddie, Maddy, Madhou, Madhu, Madhue, Madu, Mahdi, Mahmood, Mahmoud, Mahmud, Majead, Majyd, Mamdou, Mamdouh, Mamdu, Manda, and Mandea.
† Pronunciation for Matthew: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; TH as in "theme (TH.IY.M)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)" ; UW as in "two (T.UW)"
Details of famous persons named Matthew:
Actor Matthew Broderick, born 21 March 1962, New York, New York.
Actor Matthew Fox, born 14 July 1966, Crowheart, Wyoming.
Actor Matthew Lewis, born 27 June 1989, Leeds, England.
Actor Matthew Lillard, born 24 January 1970, Lansing, Michigan.
Actor Matthew McConaughey, born 4 November 1969, Uvalde, Texas.
Actor Matthew Perry, born 19 August 1969, Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Explorer Matthew Henson, born Matthew Alexander Henson, 8 August 1866 - 9 March 1955, Charles County, Maryland.
Sailor Matthew Calbraith Perry, born 10 April 1794 - 3 April 1858, Rocky Brook, Rhode Island.