Humanities › History & Culture The "Matthews" Patronymic Surname Meaning and Origin Historical Facts and 10 Alternate Spellings Share Flipboard Email Print Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated February 16, 2019 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. In Hebrew, the name was also known as 'Mattathaigh' which translates to the "gift of Jehovah." Mathis is the German version of the surname while Matthews with a double "t" is more popular in Wales. Facts About the Surname The name Matthew was one of Jesus's apostles as well as the author of the first Gospel in the New Testament.Popular modern-day celebrities with the last name Matthews include Dave Matthews (musician), Cerys Matthews (Welsh singer) and Darren Matthews (professional wrestler).Thousands of settlers, some of which included the family surname Matthews, migrated to North America in order to escape political and religious issues from their homeland.The earliest public record of lands and resource of the late 11th century England is known as the Domesday Book (1086), which includes the first origin of the surname Matthews in the form of Mathiu and Matheus.The surname has origins in English and Greek and has over 10 alternate surname followings. Alternate Surname Spellings MathewMathewsMatthewMathisMatthisMatthiasMatheu (Old French)Mateo (Spanish)Matteo (Italian)Mateus (Portuguese) Genealogy Resources Common Surname Search TipsTips and tricks for researching your Matthews ancestors online.Matthews Family Genealogy ForumThe free message board is focused on descendants of Matthews ancestors around the world.FamilySearch - Matthews GenealogyFind records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Matthews surname.Matthews Surname Mailing ListA 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 ResourcesFind links to free and commercial resources for the Matthews surname.Cousin Connect - Matthews Genealogy QueriesRead or post genealogy queries for the surname Matthews, and sign up for free notification when new Matthews queries are added.DistantCousin.com - Matthews Genealogy & Family HistoryFree databases and genealogy links for the last name Matthews.MyCinnamonToast.com - Matthews Genealogy in All RegionsCentralized search results for family trees and other genealogy info on the Matthews surname. References: Surname Meanings and 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.