This name derives from the Hebrew name “Mattithyâh / Mattithyâhû”, transliterated into Greek as "Mattathías (Ματταθίας)”, which was shortened to "Matthaíos (Ματθαῖος)”, meaning “gift of the lord, gift of Yahweh”. 1) It was first named to Saint Matthew, who was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus in Christian theology and is the author of the Gospel of Matthew. The name Matthew became popular during the Middle Ages in North-West Europe and appears in many European languages. The name has been very common throughout the English-speaking world since the 1970s. The feast day is traditionally celebrated on September 21 (Catholic Church) or November 16 (Orthodox Church) in memory of Saint Matthew, Apostle, and Evangelist. 2) Matthew of Albano († 1134) was a French Benedictine monk and Cardinal, and papal legate. He is a Catholic saint. 3) Matteo Maria Boiardo 1434–1494) was an Italian Renaissance poet. According to the United States Social Security card applications in 2016, the name Matthew ranked 15th out of the top 100 names chosen by parents for their baby boys.