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

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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

Matthew the Apostle
Matthew Flinders, English navigator who first identified Australia
Matthew Calbraith Perry, commodore in the U.S. Navy in several wars
Matthew Arnold, English poet
Matthew "Matt" James Bellamy, English musician and frontman of 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 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 Gray Nelson, musician and twin 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 child rapper
Matthew Phineas, son of actress Mia Farrow
(Cameron) Matthew Followill, musician for American band Kings of Leon
Matthew Timmons, American actor
Matthew Settle, American actor
Matthew Edward Lowe, son of American 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 of 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, alias Daredevil, Marvel comic book character
Matthew "Matt" Dillon, character from the radio and television Western "Gunsmoke"
Matthew Crawley - Character in the British TV series "Downton Abbey"
Matthew Williams, the personification of Canada in the manga/anime Axis Powers: Hetalia
Matthew "Matt", main character on PBS KIDS GO's "Cyberchase"
Matthew Cooper (Chad Allen), from the TV show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Matthew Cuthbert, character in the Anne of Green Gables series
Mathew "Matt" Freeman, main character of 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)