MATTHEWS - Name Meaning & Origin

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Last Name Meaning & Genealogy Links for the Surname MATTHEWS

Meaning & Origin:

Matthews is a patronymic surname meaning basically "son of Matthew." The given name Matthew, from which it is derived, means "gift of Yahweh" or "gift of God," from the Hebrew personal name Matityahu. Mathis is the German version of the surname. Matthews with a double "t" was more popular in Wales.

Surname Origin:

English, Greek

Alternate Surname Spellings:


Genealogy Resources for the Surname MATTHEWS:

Common Surname Search Tips
Tips and tricks for researching your MATTHEWS ancestors online.

MATTHEWS Family Genealogy Forum
The free message board is focused on descendants of Matthews ancestors around the world.

FamilySearch - MATTHEWS Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Matthews surname.

MATTHEWS Surname Mailing List
A free mailing list for researchers of the Matthews surname and its variations includes subscription details and searchable archives of past messages.

Surname Finder - MATTHEWS Genealogy & Family Resources
Find links to free and commercial resources for the Matthews surname.

Cousin Connect - MATTHEWS Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Matthews, and sign up for free notification when new Matthews queries are added. - MATTHEWS Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Matthews. - MATTHEWS Genealogy in All Regions
Centralized search results for family trees and other genealogy info on the Matthews surname.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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