Matthew (name)

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Matthew is the standard English form of the New Testament name Ματθαιος (Matthaios) or Μαθθαιος (Maththaios), a Greek transliteration of the Aramaic diminuitive מתי (Mattay, Maty). From Latin Matthćus, the English spelling Matthew (earlier Matheu) comes to us directly from the French Matthieu. Ultimately derived from the Hebrew name מתתיהו (Matatyahu, Mattathias) or מתיתיהו (Matityahu, Mattithiah), Matthew means "gift of the LORD; gift of the god Yahu". The Hebrew name is also spelled מתניהו {Matanyahu, Mattaniah). Related names include נתניהו (Netanyahu, Nethaniah)), and its inversion יהונתנ (Yehonatan, Jonathan).

A common name in the West, it is traditionally spelled as Matthew, but sometimes spelled Mathew and even as the Muslim name Mathyu. Matthew can also be a last name, where an "s" is generally added to the end (Matthews).

In 1994 and 1996 the second most popular birth name in the United States (see this page).

Alternate names and spellings

Famous Matthews (and alternate nicknames)

de:Matthias eo:Matiaso hu:Máté pl:Maciej (imię) sv:Mattias

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