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Gender: Male Meaning of Matthew: "gift of God" Origin of Matthew: Hebrew Matthew's Popularity in 2017: #16

The name Matthew is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "gift of God". Matthew is ranked #16 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Friends Part 2!".

From the experts:

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 James. Matthew is 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 (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 "MatPat" Patrick, YouTube personality (The Game Theorists, The Film Theorists, runs the top YouTube streaming channel GTLive)
Saint Matthew the Apostle
Matthew Flinders, English navigator who first identified Australia
Matthew Calbraith Perry, U.S. Navy commodore
Matthew Arnold, English poet
Matthew James "Matt" 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 "Matt" Phillips, Scottish professional footballer
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, known as the 11th Doctor
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 Joseph "Matt" Cohen, American actor
Matthew Kelly Sharp, American bass player and founding member of the band Weezer
Matthew "M Shadows" Sanders, American musician, singer of Avenged Sevenfold
Matthew "Matt" McGorry, American actor, feminist and equality activist
Matthew Jay Povich, son of Connie Chung and Maury Povich
Matthew Andrew Daddario, American actor
Matthew Santoro, Canadian vlogger
Matthew Romney, son of American politician Mitt Romney
Matthew Abood, Australian swimmer
Matthew "Matt" Meese, American actor and co-creator of YouTube sketch comedy show Studio C
Matthew Alejandro Mattola (b. 2011), son of American music executive Tommy Mattola and Mexican telenovela star Thalía
Matthew Goode, English actor
Matthew "Matt" Thomas Cain, former San Francisco Giants baseball pitcher
Matthew "Matt" Phillips, Scottish professional footballer
Matthew ScottMatt” Besler, American soccer player
Matthew "Matt" Niskanen , professional hockey player
Matthew Shear, American actor and producer

Pop Culture References for the name Matthew

Matthew "Matty" McKibben, character on MTV'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 educational 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
Matthew "Matt," character in video game "Until Dawn"
Matthew Tilpin, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Matthew Derringer, character in the YouTube series "Most Popular Girls in School"
Matthew "Matt" Casey, character on TV's "Chicago Fire"
Matthew Lynch, character in book series "The Raven Cycle"
Matthew "Matt" McGinnis, character in DC Universe
Matthew Hagen, also known as Clayface, character in DC Universe

Matthew's International Variations

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