Matthew

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1.6m
in the U.S.
since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Matthew mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Matthew

"Matthew" is a name 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 Named Matthew

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 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 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 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 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 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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Notable Persons With the Last Name Matthew

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

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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 was born on July 25th, 1980 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

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Catriona Matthew is a golf player.

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Wentworth was born on June 23rd, 1892. He breathed his last breath in 1973.

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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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How popular is the baby name Matthew in the U.S.?

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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 983 0 983
1923 935 0 935
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 608 0 608
1939 621 0 621
1940 670 5 665
1941 729 0 729
1942 841 0 841
1943 818 0 818
1944 765 0 765
1945 731 0 731
1946 898 5 893
1947 1,047 0 1,047
1948 1,059 5 1,054
1949 1,220 0 1,220
1950 1,304 0 1,304
1951 1,603 0 1,603
1952 2,038 0 2,038
1953 2,380 7 2,373
1954 2,687 0 2,687
1955 3,287 6 3,281
1956 4,368 8 4,360 #90 boy name
1957 5,229 6 5,223 #83 boy name
1958 6,394 15 6,379 #60 boy name
1959 6,583 22 6,561 #63 boy name
1960 6,944 12 6,932 #61 boy name
1961 7,095 18 7,077 #59 boy name
1962 7,302 10 7,292 #56 boy name
1963 8,060 21 8,039 #50 boy name
1964 9,005 20 8,985 #43 boy name
1965 10,015 24 9,991 #36 boy name
1966 10,844 39 10,805 #34 boy name
1967 13,632 49 13,583 #28 boy name
1968 15,919 76 15,843 #24 boy name
1969 17,546 70 17,476 #24 boy name
1970 20,265 64 20,201 #24 boy name
1971 22,659 93 22,566 #19 boy name
1972 23,066 119 22,947 #10 boy name
1973 24,662 110 24,552 #10 boy name
1974 27,332 108 27,224 #9 boy name
1975 28,671 113 28,558 #9 boy name
1976 30,133 140 29,993 #9 boy name
1977 32,143 167 31,976 #9 boy name
1978 34,469 156 34,313 #6 boy name
1979 35,818 162 35,656 #6 boy name
1980 38,057 194 37,863 #6 boy name
1981 43,525 201 43,324 #3 boy name
1982 46,328 273 46,055 #3 boy name
1983 50,524 317 50,207 #3 boy name
1984 50,063 293 49,770 #3 boy name
1985 47,362 294 47,068 #3 boy name
1986 47,198 282 46,916 #3 boy name
1987 46,765 287 46,478 #3 boy name
1988 46,118 253 45,865 #3 boy name
1989 45,545 173 45,372 #3 boy name
1990 44,923 125 44,798 #3 boy name
1991 41,735 102 41,633 #3 boy name
1992 37,826 93 37,733 #3 boy name
1993 35,839 70 35,769 #3 boy name
1994 33,720 74 33,646 #3 boy name
1995 32,938 63 32,875 #2 boy name
1996 32,140 68 32,072 #2 boy name
1997 31,561 48 31,513 #3 boy name
1998 31,196 55 31,141 #3 boy name
1999 30,453 37 30,416 #3 boy name
2000 28,616 44 28,572 #3 boy name
2001 26,853 49 26,804 #3 boy name
2002 25,185 35 25,150 #4 boy name
2003 24,030 37 23,993 #4 boy name
2004 22,977 105 22,872 #4 boy name
2005 21,498 33 21,465 #4 boy name
2006 20,348 22 20,326 #5 boy name
2007 18,754 23 18,731 #9 boy name
2008 17,600 23 17,577 #10 boy name
2009 15,998 18 15,980 #13 boy name
2010 14,134 15 14,119 #16 boy name
2011 14,179 22 14,157 #12 boy name
2012 13,978 21 13,957 #12 boy name
2013 13,341 17 13,324 #15 boy name
2014 12,898 14 12,884 #16 boy name
2015 12,732 15 12,717 #15 boy name
2016 12,563 12 12,551 #15 boy name

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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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Fun Facts about the name Matthew

  • How Popular is the name Matthew? Matthew is the 15th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Matthew was the 15th most popular name. As a last name Matthew was the 5,408th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Matthew have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,584,209 babies born with the first name Matthew in the United States. That's more than enough people named Matthew to occupy the country of Guinea-Bissau with an estimated population of 1,580,000 (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 50,207 babies. That's a lot of babies named Matthew!
  • Random Matthew Factoid: According to the 1941 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Matthew ranks 88th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 8 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 1941.
  • 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 Ehwttma. 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.

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  • 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.
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