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Matthew

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 113 0 113
1881 80 0 80
1882 109 0 109
1883 86 0 86
1884 117 0 117
1885 111 0 111
1886 112 0 112
1887 108 0 108
1888 114 0 114
1889 118 0 118
1890 86 0 86
1891 113 0 113
1892 132 0 132
1893 108 0 108
1894 124 0 124
1895 112 0 112
1896 123 0 123
1897 100 0 100
1898 133 0 133
1899 101 0 101
1900 130 0 130
1901 90 0 90
1902 104 0 104
1903 102 0 102
1904 97 0 97
1905 107 0 107
1906 137 0 137
1907 124 0 124
1908 152 0 152
1909 147 0 147
1910 197 0 197
1911 225 5 220
1912 380 0 380
1913 491 0 491
1914 613 0 613
1915 798 0 798
1916 825 0 825
1917 862 0 862
1918 963 0 963
1919 879 0 879
1920 967 0 967
1921 920 5 915
1922 984 0 984
1923 934 0 934
1924 851 0 851
1925 840 0 840
1926 781 6 775
1927 795 5 790
1928 784 0 784
1929 732 5 727
1930 665 8 657
1931 607 0 607
1932 703 0 703
1933 581 0 581
1934 614 5 609
1935 654 0 654
1936 608 0 608
1937 606 0 606
1938 607 0 607
1939 621 0 621
1940 670 5 665
1941 729 0 729
1942 841 0 841
1943 819 0 819
1944 765 0 765
1945 731 0 731
1946 899 5 894
1947 1,045 0 1,045
1948 1,060 5 1,055
1949 1,219 0 1,219
1950 1,304 0 1,304
1951 1,604 0 1,604
1952 2,039 0 2,039
1953 2,381 7 2,374
1954 2,683 0 2,683
1955 3,291 6 3,285
1956 4,372 8 4,364 #90 boy name
1957 5,227 6 5,221 #83 boy name
1958 6,393 15 6,378 #60 boy name
1959 6,585 22 6,563 #63 boy name
1960 6,943 12 6,931 #61 boy name
1961 7,097 18 7,079 #59 boy name
1962 7,303 10 7,293 #56 boy name
1963 8,062 21 8,041 #50 boy name
1964 9,008 20 8,988 #43 boy name
1965 10,016 24 9,992 #36 boy name
1966 10,848 39 10,809 #34 boy name
1967 13,631 49 13,582 #28 boy name
1968 15,922 76 15,846 #24 boy name
1969 17,550 70 17,480 #24 boy name
1970 20,269 64 20,205 #24 boy name
1971 22,661 93 22,568 #19 boy name
1972 23,066 119 22,947 #10 boy name
1973 24,667 110 24,557 #10 boy name
1974 27,337 108 27,229 #9 boy name
1975 28,680 113 28,567 #9 boy name
1976 30,133 140 29,993 #9 boy name
1977 32,141 167 31,974 #9 boy name
1978 34,468 156 34,312 #6 boy name
1979 35,820 162 35,658 #6 boy name
1980 38,054 194 37,860 #6 boy name
1981 43,527 201 43,326 #3 boy name
1982 46,327 273 46,054 #3 boy name
1983 50,520 316 50,204 #3 boy name
1984 50,058 294 49,764 #3 boy name
1985 47,354 294 47,060 #3 boy name
1986 47,193 282 46,911 #3 boy name
1987 46,760 287 46,473 #3 boy name
1988 46,121 253 45,868 #3 boy name
1989 45,547 173 45,374 #3 boy name
1990 44,919 125 44,794 #3 boy name
1991 41,734 102 41,632 #3 boy name
1992 37,824 93 37,731 #3 boy name
1993 35,839 70 35,769 #3 boy name
1994 33,720 74 33,646 #3 boy name
1995 32,937 63 32,874 #2 boy name
1996 32,140 68 32,072 #2 boy name
1997 31,560 48 31,512 #3 boy name
1998 31,193 55 31,138 #3 boy name
1999 30,454 37 30,417 #3 boy name
2000 28,616 44 28,572 #3 boy name
2001 26,849 49 26,800 #3 boy name
2002 25,184 35 25,149 #4 boy name
2003 24,029 37 23,992 #4 boy name
2004 22,974 105 22,869 #4 boy name
2005 21,494 33 21,461 #4 boy name
2006 20,343 22 20,321 #5 boy name
2007 18,752 23 18,729 #9 boy name
2008 17,599 23 17,576 #10 boy name
2009 15,992 18 15,974 #13 boy name
2010 14,129 15 14,114 #16 boy name
2011 14,176 22 14,154 #12 boy name
2012 13,973 21 13,952 #12 boy name
2013 13,321 17 13,304 #15 boy name
2014 12,880 14 12,866 #16 boy name
2015 12,663 15 12,648 #15 boy name

Fun Facts about the name Matthew

  • How many people with the first name Matthew have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,571,511 babies born with the first name Matthew in the United States. That's more than enough people named Matthew to occupy the country of Gabon with an estimated population of 1,564,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Matthew? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 113 new born babies.
  • When was Matthew first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Matthew is Saturday, February 22nd, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Matthew born? The highest recorded use of the first name Matthew was in 1983 with a total of 50,204 babies. That's a lot of babies named Matthew!
  • Random Matthew Factoid: According to the 2006 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Matthew ranks 8th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Ohio. Imagine that, 749 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 2006.
  • Weird things about the name Matthew: Your name in reverse order is Wehttam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tmhatwe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Matthew? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,436 people with the last name Matthew.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Matthew? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Matthew as their last name.

Where is the name Matthew popular?

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Popularity of Matthew as a first name

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Popularity of Matthew as a last name

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Common last names for Matthew

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Thomas
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Jackson
  • Murphy
  • Ryan
  • Clark
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Martin

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Matthew U.S.
  White 54.37% 64.26%
  African American 32.64% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.72% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.90% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.59% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.78% 16.26%

Of Last Name Matthew

People with the last name Matthew are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Matthew" mean? The list below shows the origins of Matthew as well as things modernly associated with the name Matthew such as celebrities named Matthew.

English

Origin and Meaning of Matthew

The name "Matthew" is of English origin, and it means "Gift of God". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Matthew
Saint Matthew, a disciple of Jesus; author of the first Gospel.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. One of the Gospels in the New Testament; includes the Sermon on the Mount
  2. (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally considered to be the author of the first Gospel
Wiktionary

From earlier Matheu, from Old French Mathieu, from Latin Matthaeus, from Ancient Greek Ματθαῖος (Matthaîos), from Hebrew מַתִּתְיָהוּ (mattiṯyāhū), meaning "gift of the Lord".

  1. A male given name of biblical origin.
  2. A patronymic surname​.
  3. Matthew the Evangelist, one of the twelve Apostles. A publican or tax-collector at Capernaum and credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Matthew.
  4. (biblical) The Gospel of St. Matthew, the first book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the first of the four gospels, a book attributed to Matthew the Evangelist.

Notable Persons With the Name Matthew

Matt Damon

Matt Damon is an actor and filmmaker. His most notable accomplishments were from 1988 to present. Matt was given the name Matthew Paige Damon on October 8th, 1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

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Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1991. Matthew was given the name Matthew David McConaughey on November 4th, 1969 in Uvalde, Texas, U.S.

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Matt LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc is an actor, comedian, producer, presenter, and television producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1985 to present. Matt was given the name Matthew Steven LeBlanc on July 25th, 1967 in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry is an actor, director, writer, and producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1979. Matthew was given the name Matthew Langford Perry by his parents John Bennett Perry and Keith Morrison on August 19th, 1969 in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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Matt Bomer

Matt Bomer is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2001. Matt was given the name Matthew Staton Bomer on October 11th, 1977 in Webster Groves, Missouri, U.S.

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Matt Smith

Matt Smith is an actor. He has been prominent since 2003. Matt was given the name Matthew Robert Smith on October 28th, 1982 in Northampton, England.

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  • Matthew Broderick
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  • Matthew Rhys
    (actor)
  • Matt Skiba
    (musician)
  • Ryan Phillippe
    (actor)
  • Matthew Modine
    (actor)
  • Matthew Goode
    (actor)
  • Matt Czuchry
    (actor)
  • Matt Dillon
    (actor)
  • Matthew Mercer
    (voice-over artist)
  • Matt Groening
    (cartoonist)
  • Matthew Lillard
    (actor)
  • Matisyahu
    (singer)
  • Matthew Macfadyen
    (actor)
  • Matthew Lewis
    (actor)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Matthew

Brian Matthew

Brian Matthew is a radio host. Brian was born on September 17th, 1928 in Coventry.

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Scott Matthew

Scott Matthew is an alternative rock singer-songwriter. He plays Ukulele, Guitar, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1995 to present. Scott was given the name Scott William Matthew in Queensland.

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Nick Matthew

Nick Matthew is an influential somebody. Nick was born on July 25th, 1980 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

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Catriona Matthew

Catriona Matthew is a golf player.

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Wentworth Arthur Matthew

Wentworth Arthur Matthew was a famed human. Wentworth was born on June 23rd, 1892. He breathed his last breath in 1973.

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Count of Boulogne Matthew

Count of Boulogne Matthew was an important person. Count was born as the child of Thierry, Count of Flanders, and Sibylla of Anjou in 1137. Count is also known as Matthew of Alsace. He died in 1173.

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What does the name Matthew mean?

Mis for melody, the song of life.

Ais for accountable, someone to be counted on

Tis for touching, the way you show you are.

Tis for tough, for you are not easily broken

His for heavenly, your spirit is strong.

Eis for enthusiasm, in even the most dire circumstances

Wis for warm hearted, it's you!

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Sources: U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain). U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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