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English form of the name of the Christian evangelist, author of the first gospel in the New Testament. His name is a form of the Hebrew name Mattathia, meaning ‘gift of God’, which is fairly common in the Old Testament, being rendered in the Authorized Version in a number of different forms: Mattan(i)ah, Mattatha(h), Mattithiah, Mattathias, and so on. In the Authorized Version, the evangelist is regularly referred to as Matthew, while the apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot is distinguished as Matthias. A related name from the same Hebrew roots, but reversed, is Jonathan. Throughout the English-speaking world Matthew has been particularly popular since the 1970s.
32nd in the U.S.

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Millions
of people in the U.S have this name
1,212,032
to be exact
1,496,533
if you include dead people (since the government started keeping track)
Massachusetts
has the most people named Matthew per capita
1983
marked the height of its popularity
0.20%
99.80%
2%
55+
35%
30-54
36%
13-29
27%
0-12

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