English form of Ματθαιος (Matthaios)
, which was a Greek form of the Hebrew name מַתִּתְיָהוּ (Mattityahu)
meaning "gift of YAHWEH
Matthew, also called Levi
, was one of the twelve apostles. He was a tax collector, and supposedly the author of the first Gospel in the New Testament
. As an English name, Matthew
has been in use since the Middle Ages.