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Matthew Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from the Middle English personal name Ma(t)thew a 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 name 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. In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages including German Matthias Greek Mathias and Mattheos Assyrian/Chaldean Matti Czech Matěj Slovak Croatian and Slovenian Matej . The name Matthew is also found among Christians in southern India (compare Mathai ) but since South Indians traditionally do not have hereditary surnames the southern Indian name was in most cases registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US. Compare Mathew see also Matthews .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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You can see how Matthew families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Matthew family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Matthew families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 108 Matthew families living in Ontario. This was about 40% of all the recorded Matthew's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Matthew families in 1911.
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What did your Matthew ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Matthew. 26% of Matthew men worked as a Farmer and 37% of Matthew women worked as a Student. Some less common occupations for Americans named Matthew were Clerk and Saleslady. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Student
  • Housekeeper
  • Income
  • Saleslady
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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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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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