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Baby Names: Matthew – Babble


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Meaning: Gift of God

Origin: Hebrew

Alternate spellings: Mateo, Mathew, Matteo, Mathias, Matthias, Matias

Matthew is one of the most recognizable names of all time, a top 10 name spanning three decades (1972-2008). In the New Testament, Matthew was one of the twelve apostles and wrote the first Gospel. And while this Hebrew name’s origin lies in the religious meaning “gift of God,” these days we’re sure you can think of a few Matthews who fit the bill… McConaughey, Damon, Broderick. Don’t want to give in to the trend? Another version of the name found in the Bible is Matthias, which would be a cool pick if you’re looking for a similar, unique version of this popular name.

By The Numbers

U.S. Rank by Year

2000: 3

2004: 4

2008: 10

Rank of Similar Names in 2008

Mathew 374

Mateo 251

Matteo 554

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