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Matthew is one of the most consistently popular baby boy names. From antiquity to present, this name never goes out of style. Matthew is the name of the first book in the New Testament, and Matthew is the name of central characters in classics like Anne of Green Gables. Keep reading to learn more about this wonderful baby name.

Meaning of the name Matthew:

Hebrew: Gift of God

Origin of the name Matthew:

Matthew derives from the Hebrew name Matityahu (meaning “gift of Yahweh” or “gift of God”).

Symbolism of the name Matthew:

Matthew comes from the Hebrew word that means “gift of God.” The symbol for the name Matthew is a wrapped present or packaged gift.

Baby name Matthew

Style of the name Matthew:

Biblical, Classic

Gender of the name Matthew:

Matthew is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Matthew:

MATH-yoo

Number of syllables in the name Matthew:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Matthew:

The name Matthew evokes feelings of wholesomeness and refinement.

Alternative spellings for the name Matthew:

  • Mathew
  • Mathieu
  • Matteo 
  • Mateo
  • Matthias
  • Mathis

Nicknames for the name Matthew:

  • Matt
  • Mattie
  • Matty
  • Mads

Popularity of the name Matthew:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Matthew was the 30th most popular baby boy name in 2020. Matthew ranked among the top 10 baby boy names from 1972-2008.

Related names for the name Matthew:

Great middle names for Matthew and their meanings:

  • Allen (little rock, handsome)
  • Alvin (elf, friend)
  • Brendan (prince)
  • Christopher (bearer of Christ)
  • David (beloved)
  • Elliot (the Lord is my God; my God is Yahweh)
  • Flynn (red, ruddy)
  • Louis (famous warrior)
  • Reginald (king, advisor, counsel)
  • Winston (joyful stone)

Famous people with the name Matthew:

Matthew in popular culture:

  • Matthew “Matt” Donovan (character in The Vampire Diaries)
  • Mathew “Matt” Freeman (main character in The Power of Five series)
  • Matthew “Matt” McNamara (main character in Nip/Tuck)
  • Matthew “Matt” Simmons (protagonist in Criminal Minds)