Mathews, Matthews Both an English and a Scottish surname from the personal name Mathew, of biblical origin from the Hebrew male name Matityahu meaning ‘gift of God’. The name was introduced to Britain by the Normans. The surname most likely meant ‘son of Matthew’. According to MacLysaght a synonym of MacMahon (MacMathghamhna) in Louth. In 1890 Mathews was numerous in Louth, it was also to be found in Dublin, Antrim and Down. The estimated number of bearers for Mathews was 2,284, and for Matthews was 1,164. In the United States Matthews is the 169th most numerous surname with an estimated 154,000 bearers, and Mathews is the 552nd most numerous surname with an estimated 57,750 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 Matthews was the 84th most numerous surname.
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