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Gender: Male Meaning of Matteo: "gift of God" Origin of Matteo: Italian variation of Matthew Matteo's Popularity in 2017: #187

The name Matteo is a boy's name of Italian origin meaning "gift of God". Matteo is ranked #187 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Boy Baby Names Moving Up Fast and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

This attractively energetic Italian version of the classic Matthew is primed to move further and further into mainstream American nomenclature.

Actor Colin Firth has a son called Matteo, as does Ricky Martin; the Benjamin Bratts and Tom Colicchios have boys named Mateo. We're sure that both these spellings will keep climbing in tandem, sharing the possibility of the lively nickname Teo.

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Famous People Named Matteo

Matteo Bandello, Italian novelist
Matteo Bisiani, Italian archer
Matteo Maria Boiardo, Italian Renaissance poet
Matteo Carcassi, famous guitarist and composer
Matteo Ferrari, Italian football player who currently plays for Montreal Impact
Matteo Goffriller, renowned 18th-century Italian cello maker
Matteo Messina Denaro, Italian criminal. Is on the top 10 most wanted list of the world
Matteo Perez d'Aleccio, Italian painter of devotional, historical and maritime subjects
Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister
Matteo Ricci, Italian Catholic missionary in China
Matteo Sereni, Italian football goalkeeper
Matteo Stefanini, Italian rower
Matteo Tosatto, Italian cyclist who rides for Quick Step-Innergetic in the UCI ProTour
Matteo Vittucci, Italian-American dancer, known professionally as Matteo
Drea de Matteo, American actress
Felice DeMatteo, Italian-American composer and bandmaster
Salvatore T. DeMatteo, New York politician and judge
Matteo Cicciari, American child model
Matteo Oliver Tucci (b. 2015), son of American actor Stanley Tucci
Matteo Rizzo, Italian ice skater

Pop Culture References for the name Matteo

Matteo "Matt" Alacrán, character in "The House of the Scorpion" by Nancy Farmer
Matteo Balsano, character in Disney show "Soy Luna"
Matteo Cocchiola, italian character in "Battlefield 1"

Matteo's International Variations

Matejo, Matheo, Mattheo, Teo (Spanish)


paulapuddephatt Says:


I like this a lot, but still prefer Matthew/Matt.

ChinaPoblana Says:


Reminds me of Matteo Ricci, which is a nice namesake to have. Less obvious than other historical names, and with a touch of Jesuit cosmopolitanism for the modern Catholic.

headintheclouds Says:


At first I was just eh, it's a nice variant on the classic Matthew, seems nice enough. But Matteo's one of those names that grows on you the more you're exposed to it- I really quite like it now. It has a romantic and unexpected flair to it, while also sounding effortlessly cool.
I really love the female variant of this name, Mattea, with the nickname Tea pronounced like tay-ah.

Albert Says:


Matteo, Matthew, Theodore, Barack--on it goes--all meaning Gift of God...

Guest Says:


I don't remember how I fell in love with this name (and Mattea as well) it just happened. I'd probably call him Matty for short.