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National Matthew Day – January 24, 2025

National Matthew Day is observed every year on January 24. ‘Matthew’ is the English form of ‘Matthaios,’ a Greek form of the Hebrew name ‘Mattityahu,’ which means ‘Yahweh’s gift.’ Matthew, who was also known as Levi in the Christian Bible, was one of the 12 Apostles of Christ. He was a tax collector and the alleged author of the first gospel of the New Testament. In many Christian denominations, he is revered as a saint. The name ‘Matthew’ has been used as an English name since the Middle Ages.

History of National Matthew Day

Matthew is a masculine given name in the English language. It comes from the Hebrew name ‘Matityahu,’ which means ‘God’s Gift.’ The name Matthew became popular in Northwest Europe throughout the Middle Ages and has since spread throughout the English-speaking globe. In 2007, Matthew was the fifteenth most common male name in Ireland. It was ranked twentieth in 2008, then twenty-third in 2009-2010, and finally twenty-fourth in 2011-2012. It was the twenty-ninth most popular male name in Ireland in 2016, and it rose to twenty-sixth in 2017. Matthew’s name day is also dedicated to Saint Matthew.

Matthew is one of the top 10 most popular male names in the U.K. In Australia, Canada, and the U.S., Matthew is in the top 1,000 most popular male names. Matthew the Apostle, commonly known as Saint Matthew and maybe Levi, was one of Jesus’ twelve apostles, according to the New Testament. According to Christian tradition, he was one of the four evangelists who wrote Matthew’s Gospel, and so he is known as Matthew the Evangelist, a claim that most biblical experts dispute, though ‘traditional authorship still has its adherents.’

Matthew is a name that has been given to several prominent people. The famous people bearing Matthew work in a variety of fields. Matthew McConaughey is undoubtedly one of the most well-known Matthews. Matthew Perry, the beloved star of Friends, is another actor with the name. Matt is also the name of several N.F.L. players. Matthew Stafford, for example, is one of the players on the list of famous Matthews.

National Matthew Day timeline

1st Century A.D.
The birth of Saint Matthew

The Biblical Saint Matthew is born in Palestine.

The Popular Sitcom

In 1994, Matthew Perry, better known as Chandler Bing, joins the famous N.B.C. comedy ‘Friends.’

The Name’s Popularity in Ireland

Matthew becomes the fifteenth most common male name in Ireland.

National Matthew Day FAQs

What kind of personality does Matthew have?

Generally, Matthews appears to be lively, intelligent, witty personalities who do not mind being the center of attention.

What is Matthew's female name?


What are Matthew's other names?

Matt, Matty, Matt.

National Matthew Day Activities

  1. Gift a customized item

    If you missed your friend Matthew's birthday, just offer them a gift of a custom-named jewelry piece on this day. Alternatively, you can get a nameplate with their special date on it.

  2. Celebrate like it's your birthday

    You must celebrate today as if it were your birthday because it is your ‘birthday’ in the Greek Orthodox church. Being treated like a queen or king for a day is one of the rites of passage associated with a birthday.

  3. Spell your name using food letters

    This may appear strange, but it is a lot of fun! Obtain a can of alphabet soup and the letters necessary to spell your name. It's delicious and entertaining.

5 Interesting Facts About The Name Mathew

  1. Baby names popularity charts

    Matthew is presently ranked number 82 on the international Baby Names Popularity Charts.

  2. Among Top 50 names

    In the U.S., the name Matthew is now ranked number 36 in the list of names given at birth.

  3. Popular Christian Indian name

    In India, the name Matthew is a popular Christian name.

  4. Popular since the twelfth century

    Since the twelfth century, Matthew has been a popular name.

  5. Matthew with one ‘T’

    Mathew, spelled with a single ‘T,’ has been around for at least a few centuries.

Why We Love National Matthew Day

  1. It is international

    The nicest part about name days is that you don't need to know your friend's birthday to wish them well; all you need is their name. While birthdays are undoubtedly the most popular reason to celebrate, there are many cultures throughout the world that value name days just as much.

  2. Names are identifiers

    Our names play a vital role in our identities. They are intertwined with deep personal, cultural, familial, and historical ties.

  3. Names help us discover ourselves

    Names also provide us a sense of who we are, our place in the world, and the communities to which we belong. In a crowd, the sound of your name acts as an identifier.

National Matthew Day dates

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