"gift of God"

Matthew Origin and Meaning

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 William.

Matthew is the English derivative of Matthaios, the Greek form of the Hebrew Mattiyahu, composed of mattan, meaning "gift" and yah, in reference to God. The biblical Matthew was the apostle who wrote the first Gospel in the New Testament. Mateo, Matthias, Teo, Matek, and Mattia are among the many names derived from Matthew.

Matthew is so common by now, though, that parents have started to seek fresher choices, like Matthew-inspired variations Matthias and Mateo.

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).

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Famous People Named Matthew

  • Matthew Charles "Matt" CzuchryAmerican actor
  • Matthew "MatPat" PatrickYouTube personality
  • Saint MatthewApostle
  • Matthew FlindersEnglish navigator who first identified Australia
  • Matthew Calbraith PerryU.S. Navy commodore
  • Matthew ArnoldEnglish poet
  • Matthew James "Matt" BellamyEnglish lead singer of band Muse
  • Matthew Staton "Matt" BomerAmerican actor
  • Matthew BroderickAmerican actor
  • Matthew Paige "Matt" DamonAmerican actor
  • Matthew Chandler FoxAmerican actor
  • (David) Matthew MacfadyenEnglish actor
  • Matthew EbdenAustralian tennis player
  • Matthew StevensWelsh snooker player
  • Matthew Rhys (Evans)Welsh actor
  • Matthew David McConaugheyAmerican actor
  • Matthew "Matt" PhillipsScottish professional footballer
  • Matthew Langford PerryAmerican actor
  • Matthew PatonScottish Covenanter executed after the Battle of Rullion Green
  • Matthew Steven "Matt" LeBlancAmerican actor
  • Matthew David "Matt" LewisEnglish actor
  • Matthew Robert 'Matt' SmithEnglish actor, known as the 11th Doctor
  • Matthew Gray GublerAmerican actor, director and model
  • (John) Matthew StaffordAmerican football player
  • Matthew BrettinghamEnglish architect
  • Matthew BoultonEnglish businessman and partner of James Watt
  • Matthew Gray Nelsonmusician, son of actor/musician Ricky Nelson
  • Matthew William LawrenceAmerican actor
  • Matthew Romanoson of actor Ray Romano
  • Matthew James "Matt" ShivelyJr, American actor
  • Matthew "MattyB" MorrisAmerican rapper
  • Matthew Phineasson of actress Mia Farrow
  • (Cameron) Matthew Followillmusician for American band Kings of Leon
  • Matthew TimmonsAmerican actor
  • (Jeffrey) Matthew SettleAmerican actor
  • Matthew Edward Loweson of actor Rob Lowe
  • Matthew James "Matt" MorrisonAmerican actor
  • Matthew "Da Kurlzz" St. Clairemusician of band Hollywood Undead
  • Matthew "Matt" CahillEnglish singer of band Kingsland Road
  • Matthew Joseph "Matt" CohenAmerican actor
  • Matthew Kelly SharpAmerican bass player and founding member of the band Weezer
  • Matthew "M Shadows" SandersAmerican musician, singer of Avenged Sevenfold
  • Matthew "Matt" McGorryAmerican actor, feminist and equality activist
  • Matthew Jay Povichson of Connie Chung and Maury Povich
  • Matthew Andrew DaddarioAmerican actor
  • Matthew SantoroCanadian vlogger
  • Matthew Romneyson of American politician Mitt Romney
  • Matthew AboodAustralian swimmer
  • Matthew "Matt" MeeseAmerican actor and co,creator of YouTube sketch comedy show Studio C
  • Matthew GoodeEnglish actor
  • Matthew "Matt" Thomas Cainformer San Francisco Giants baseball pitcher
  • Matthew "Matt" PhillipsScottish professional footballer
  • Matthew Scott “Matt” BeslerAmerican soccer player
  • Matthew "Matt" Niskanenprofessional hockey player
  • Matthew ShearAmerican actor and producer
  • Matthew Alejandro Mattola (b. 2011)son of American music executive Tommy Mattola and Mexican telenovela star
  • Thalía
  • Matthew WilderAmerican singer

Matthew in Pop Culture

  • Matthew "Matt" Dilloncharacter on TV's "Gunsmoke" portrayed by James Arness
  • Matthew Fairchildcharacter in upcoming trilogy The Last Hours by Cassandra Clare
  • Matthew "Matty" McKibbencharacter on MTV's "Awkward"
  • Matthew "Matt" Murdock aka DaredevilMarvel Comics superhero
  • Matthew Crawleycharacter on TV's "Downton Abbey"
  • Matthew Williamsthe personification of Canada in the manga/anime "Axis Powers: Hetalia"
  • Matthew "Matt" main character on educational animated series "Cyberchase"
  • Matthew Coopercharacter on TV's "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"
  • Matthew Cuthbertcharacter in L.M. Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables" series
  • Mathew "Matt" Freemanmain character in the "Power of Five" series
  • Matthew "Matt" Donovancharacter in The Vampire Diaries series
  • Matthew "Matt" character in video game "Until Dawn"
  • Matthew Tilpincharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Matthew Derringercharacter in the YouTube series "Most Popular Girls in School"
  • Matthew "Matt" Caseycharacter on TV's "Chicago Fire"
  • Matthew Lynchcharacter in book series "The Raven Cycle"
  • 'Matthew And Son'song by Cat Stevens
  • Matthew "Matt" McGinnischaracter in DC Universe
  • Matthew Hagenalso known as Clayface, character in DC Universe
  • Matthew Kidmancharacter in the 2004 film "The Girl Next Door"
  • Matthewcharacter in the games Seduce Me and Seduce Me 2
  • Matthew "Matt" Saracencharacter in Friday Night Lights

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