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Matthew Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from the Middle English personal name Ma(t)thew, vernacular form of the Greek New Testament name Matthias, 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, Spanish Mateo, Italian Matteo, Portuguese Mateus, Catalan and Occitan Mateu are generally derived from the form Matthaeus. The American surname Matthew has also absorbed European cognates from other languages, including Greek Mathias and Mattheos. Compare Mathew, Mathai. 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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Mathew, Matthews, Matthes, Matthey, Matte, Matteo, Mattsen, Mathe

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Matthew Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Matthew. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Matthew Family Origin

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Matthew Family Occupations

What did your Matthew ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Matthew occupation in Canada was Factory. 16% of Matthew's were Factorys. A less common occupation for the Matthew family was Cultivateur. Factory, Clerk and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Matthew.

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  • Factory

  • Clerk

  • Farmer

  • Cultivateur


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Matthew Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 81,000 census records available for the last name Matthew. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Matthew census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Matthew. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Matthew. For the veterans among your Matthew ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Matthew Life Expectancy

What is the average Matthew lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Matthew life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Matthew in 1942 was 63, and 66 in 2004.

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