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Meaning of the name:
Hebrew matit, "gift", and Yah, "God". Matthew means "the gift of God".
As a tax collector of Capernaum in Galilee, St. Matthew left his post when Jesus commanded him to follow him and became one of the twelve apostles. The author of the first of the four canonical Gospels (with Saints Mark, Luke and John) went to evangelize the peoples of Palestine, Egypt and Ethiopia where, according to legend, he died as a martyr. Its considerable influence explains the existence of this name since the eleventh century throughout Europe.
The Matthew is celebrated on September 21st.
His derivatives: Mateo, Matthew.
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