What does Matthew mean?

Definitions for Matthew
ˈmæθ yumatthew

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Matthew, Saint Matthew, St. Matthew, Saint Matthew the Apostle, St. Matthew the Apostle, Levinoun

    (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally considered to be the author of the first Gospel

  2. Matthew, Gospel According to Matthewnoun

    one of the Gospels in the New Testament; includes the Sermon on the Mount


  1. Matthewnoun

    of biblical origin.

  2. Matthewnoun

    Matthew the Evangelist, one of the twelve disciples. A publican or tax-collector at Capernaum and credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Matthew.

  3. Matthewnoun

    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.

  4. Etymology: From earlier Matheu, from Matthaeus, from Ματθαῖος, from מתתיהו, מתיתיהו, meaning "gift of the Lord; gift of Yahweh; gift of Jehovah".


  1. matthew

    Matthew is a traditionally masculine given name of Hebrew origin. Derived from the Hebrew name "Matityahu," it translates to "gift of God". It is a popular name in many English-speaking countries and is often associated with Christianity due to its use as the name of one of Jesus Christ's apostles in the New Testament of the Bible, namely, Matthew the Evangelist.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Matthew

    a publican, by the Sea of Tiberias, who being called became a disciple and eventually an apostle of Christ; generally represented in Christian art as an old man with a large flowing beard, often occupied in writing his gospel, with an angel standing by.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Matthew is ranked #5408 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Matthew surname appeared 6,436 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Matthew.

    54.3% or 3,499 total occurrences were White.
    32.6% or 2,101 total occurrences were Black.
    5.7% or 368 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.7% or 243 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.5% or 167 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 58 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Matthew' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3858

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Matthew' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2594

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Matthew in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Matthew in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Matthew in a Sentence

  1. Melody Loveless:

    Matthew Palermo, an intern at Tech Kids Unlimited, told Fox News. Some experts say people with ASD may gravitate towards technology because of its predictability. We have a set of expectations of what happens when we click on this, right ? When I click on start, the menu should pop, when I X it out its going to do this. And life is not like that, life is just confusing and technology is predictable and so that can maybe help build confidence, give them more agency to maybe try things that they have n’t tried before in a safe technological space versus the outside world.

  2. Donald Trump:

    Our hearts are with all of the people and prayers to the millions in the path of what’s now known as Hurricane Matthew, you have a great governor, Governor Scott, and you gotta listen because it could be a -- it could be a really, really bad one.

  3. Corey Walters:

    The waters are not rising anywhere near as fast, at least around the water plant, as they did during Hurricane Matthew.

  4. Daniela Tejada:

    The Foreign Office know this and have made The Foreign Office clear to the The UAE authorities that Matthew is not a spy for The UAE authorities, this whole case has been handled appallingly from the very beginning with no one taking Matthew's case seriously.

  5. Matthew McConaughey:

    You know, where I start and where he ends, and where he starts and I end, has always been like a murky line, and that’s part of our bromance, right? My kids call him Uncle Woody. His kids call me Uncle Matthew etc etc. And you see pictures of us and my family thinks a lot of pictures of him are me. His family thinks a lot of pictures of me are him.

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