Meaning and Origin of: Matthew
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Boy name origins & meanings:
- Hebrew : Gift of God
- Scandinavian : Gift from God
- Hebrew : God's gift
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Family name origins & meanings:
- English and Scottish : from the Middle English personal nameMa(t)thew, vernacular form of the Greek New Testament nameMatthias, Matthaios, which is ultimately from the Hebrew personal name Matityahu ‘gift of God’. This was taken into Latin as Mat(t)hias and Matthaeus respectively, the former being used for the twelfth apostle (who replaced Judas Iscariot) and the latter for the author of the first Gospel. In many European languages this distinction is reflected in different surname forms. The commonest vernacular forms of the personal name, including English Matthew, Old French Matheu, SpanishMateo, Italian Matteo, Portuguese Mateus, Catalan and Occitan Mateu are generally derived from the formMatthaeus. The American surname Matthew has also absorbed European cognates from other languages, including GreekMathias and Mattheos.
- It is found as a personal name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. is used as a family name among families from southern India.