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Gender: M Meaning of Matthew: "gift of God" Origin of Matthew: Hebrew Matthew's Popularity in 2013: #15

Matthew was the third most popular boys' name in America throughout the 1980s and 90s, and is still Number 15 (there were more than thirteen thousand baby Matts last year). 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's 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 (eg 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).

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Famous People Named Matthew

Saint Matthew the Apostle
Matthew Flinders, English navigator who first identified Australia
Matthew Calbraith Perry, U.S. Navy commodore
Matthew Arnold, English poet
Matthew "Matt" James Bellamy, English lead singer of band Muse
Matthew Staton "Matt" Bomer, American actor
Matthew Broderick, American actor
Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon, American actor
Matthew Chandler Fox, American actor
(David) Matthew Macfadyen, English actor
Matthew Ebden, Australian tennis player
Matthew Stevens, Welsh snooker player
Matthew Rhys (Evans), Welsh actor
Matthew David McConaughey, American actor
Matthew Langford Perry, American actor
Matthew Paton, Scottish Covenanter executed after the Battle of Rullion Green
Matthew Steven "Matt" LeBlanc, American actor
Matthew David "Matt" Lewis, English actor
Matthew Robert 'Matt' Smith, English actor
Matthew Gray Gubler, American actor, director and model
(John) Matthew Stafford, American football player
Matthew Brettingham, English architect
Matthew Boulton, English businessman and partner of James Watt
Matthew Gray Nelson, musician, son of actor/musician Ricky Nelson
Matthew William Lawrence, American actor
Matthew Romano, son of actor Ray Romano
Matthew James "Matt" Shively, Jr, American actor
Matthew "MattyB" Morris, American rapper
Matthew Phineas, son of actress Mia Farrow
(Cameron) Matthew Followill, musician for American band Kings of Leon
Matthew Timmons, American actor
(Jeffrey) Matthew Settle, American actor
Matthew Edward Lowe, son of actor Rob Lowe
Matthew James "Matt" Morrison, American actor
Matthew "Da Kurlzz" St. Claire, musician of band Hollywood Undead
Matthew "Matt" Cahill, English singer of band Kingsland Road
Matthew "Matt" Joseph Cohen, American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Matthew

Matthew "Matty" McKibben, character on TV's "Awkward"
Matthew "Matt" Murdock aka Daredevil, Marvel Comics superhero
Matthew "Matt" Dillon, character on TV's "Gunsmoke"
Matthew Crawley, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Matthew Williams, the personification of Canada in the manga/anime "Axis Powers: Hetalia "
Matthew "Matt", main character on animated series "Cyberchase"
Matthew Cooper, character on TV's "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"
Matthew Cuthbert, character in L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series
Mathew "Matt" Freeman, main character in the Power of Five series
Matthew "Matt" Donovan, character in The Vampire Diaries series

Matai, Matek, Matfei, Mathe, Matheson, Mathew, Mathian, Mathias, Mathieson, Matro, Matt, Matthaeus, Matthaios, Matthaus, Mattheus, Matthews, Mattie, Matty, Matvey, Matyas, Mayhew

Matthew's International Variations

Matei (Bulgarian) Mateu (Catalan) Matej, Matyás (Czech) Mathies, Mads (Danish) Matthijs (Dutch) Matti (Finnish) Mathieu (French) Mattäus (German) Matthaiso (Greek) Mátyás, Matyi, Matyo (Hungarian) Maitias (Irish Gaelic) Matteo, Mattia (Italian) Matteus, Mats (Norwegian) Maciej, Mateusz (Polish) Mateus (Portuguese) Matheiu (Romanian) Motya, Matvei, Motka (Russian) Matha, Mata (Scottish Gaelic) Matias, Matheo, Mateo, Matejo, Teo (Spanish) Matvi (Ukrainian)

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