"gift of God"

Mateo Origin and Meaning

The name Mateo is a boy's name of Spanish, Italian, Latin origin meaning "gift of God".

Mateo vaulted into the boys' Top 10 in 2023, ranking all the way up at Number 6. Counting Mateo and Teo along with Anglo equivalents Theodore and Theo make this by far the Number 1 boys' name in the US.

Mateo is one of the Latinate names that, like Mia and Luca, is becoming popular far beyond its native Spanish community.

The Spanish form of Matthew, which derived from the Hebrew name Mattiyahu, Mateo can also be spelled Matteo, technically the Italian variation. Mattiyahu consists of the elements mattan, meaning "gift" and yah, which references the Hebrew God.

Mateo is enormously popular in Spain and Latin America, but it's also a top boys' name in the US along with several other countries in central and eastern Europe. Its approachable spelling and pronunciation for non-Spanish speakers is one reason it's found such widespread favor. Plus it's a fresh spin on dad name Matthew and a shortcut to the stylish short form Teo.

Actor Colin Firth has a son called Matteo, the Italian form; the Benjamin Bratts have a Mateo.

Matheo is an archaic Spanish spelling, although it is used in France as Mathéo.

# 6 in the US

Mateo Rank in US Top 1000

# 44 on Nameberry

Mateo Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Mateo Popularity

Famous People Named Mateo

  • Mateo Gil (Rodri­guez)Spanish film director
  • Mateo Alemán (y de Enero)Spanish novelist
  • Mateo Kovacic‡Croatian footballer
  • Mateo (born Iman Jordan)American pop singer,songwriter
  • Mateo Pablo MusacchioArgentine footballer
  • Mateo Bravery Bratt (b. 2005)son of actors Benjamin Bratt and Talisa Soto
  • Mateo Lev Colicchioson of celebrity chef Tom Colicchio
  • Mateo Jay Thompson (b. 2007)son of weather forecaster Audrey Puente; grandson of bandleader Tito Puente
  • Mateo Dragić (b. 2013)son of basketball player Goran Dragić
  • Mateo Gago (b. 2013)son of footballer Fernando Gago and tennis player Gisela Dulko
  • Mateo Hindoyan (b. 2014)son of soprano Sonya Yoncheva and conductor Domingo Hindoyan
  • Mateo Messi (b. 2015)son of footballer Lionel Messi
  • Mateo dos Santos (b. 2017)son of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, twin of sister Eva

Mateo in Pop Culture

  • Mateo Santoscharacter on American soap "All My Children"
  • Mateo Gloriano Rogelio Solano Villanuevason of Jane and Rafael on the series Jane the Virgin
  • Mateo Fernando Aquino Liwanagcharacter on TV's "Superstore"
  • Mateo de Alvacharacter on TV's "Elena of Avalor"

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