Origin : Hebrew

gift of God

The name Matthew is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "gift of God". Matthew was the third most popular boys' name in America throughout the 1980s and '90s, and is still one of the top boy names starting with M. The New Testament Matthew is the epitome of the fashionable classic -- safe and sturdy, yet with a more engaging personality than John or James. Matthew is so common by now, though, that parents have started to seek fresher choices, like Matthew-inspired variations Matthias and Mateo. The biblical Matthew was the apostle who wrote the first Gospel. The name suddenly became very popular in the U.S. in the 1960s, with Matts appearing on many Western (e.g., Gunsmoke's Marshall Matt Dillon) and other TV shows. Currently there are several prominent real-life Matthews and Matts, including Broderick, McConaughey, Lauer, Damon and Dillon. Celebs who have chosen international versions for their starbabies include Ricky Martin (Matteo), Benjamin Bratt (Matteo), Colin Firth (Mateo) and Will Ferrell (Mattias).

Popularity of name Matthew over time

There are 1606030 people in the U.S. with the first name Matthew, this name was mostly popular in 1983 with popularity 50217 .

Matthew is used for both genders.

99.66 percent of people with the first name Matthew are man

0.34 percent of people with the first name Matthew are woman

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