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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

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Matthew Family Origin

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Matthew Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Laborer

    11%
  • Farm Laborer

    5%
  • Farming

    5%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Matthew family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Matthew. The most common Matthew occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Matthew's were Farmers.

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