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Quick Facts on Mateo

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 109
Simple meaning:
God's gift

Characteristics of Mateo

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Mateo

Mateo is the Spanish version of the English male name Matthew from the Hebrew “Mattathia” which translates to “Gift of God.” Matthew is best known as the Christian evangelist who wrote the first gospel of the New Testament. As an important figure in the Christian Bible, the name Matthew and its many variations have been used widely throughout the English and Spanish (Mateo) speaking worlds. We know Matthew has been in use since the Middle Ages, so Mateo must also be several centuries old. The names of the four gospel authors have always been important and widely used among those of Spanish descent (Mateo, Marcos, Lucas and Juan). Mateo is currently the 35th most popular boy’s name in Mexico (2010) and 44th in Spain (2009). Interestingly, the Italian version of Matthew, Matteo, is the 4th most popular boy’s name in Italy (2008).

Popularity of the Name Mateo

We are not sure why, but this centuries-old name only first appeared on the U.S. naming charts quite recently in 1995. We would have thought it’s been around longer than that! In any case, Mateo has increased in usage rather quickly in the past 15 years. In 2011, the name reached its peak popularity at position #191 on the charts. In New Mexico, the name Mateo is already on the Top 100 list, but this doesn’t surprise us given the density of the Latino population in that border-state. Mateo is a masculine and strong-sounding boy’s name. Your baby is presumably your gift from God, so what better to name him than Mateo?
Popularity of the Boy Name Mateo
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Mateo

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Mateo

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Mateo

    Mateo We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Mateo.

  • Popular Songs on Mateo

    Popular Songs on Mateo

    Mateo - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Mateo.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Mateo

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Mateo

    El libro sobre libros del conejo Mateo (Frances Watts) - Este libro es una maravillosa introduccion al fascinante mundo de... los libros, upor supuesto! Interesante y divertido, este libro tiene como protagonista a un apuesto e inteligente conejo, y esta lleno de sorpresas, con solapas para abrir y preguntas para compartir. Un bello libro creado para que los mas chicos se diviertan a la vez que descubren el apasionante mundo de los libros. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Jornadas de Mateo: Cuentos para Ninos de Todas las Edades (Alejandro Lorenzo) - It's difficult to figure out where this little oddity fits. Billed as "Tales for Children of All Ages," the slightly cynical, completely Zenlike take on human nature seems aimed at the older end of that spectrum. Mateo appears in four different incarnations, variously as the object of discrimination, the recipient of undeserved acclaim, a wise man ignored, and a compassionate teacher. If the stories are a little heavy-handed in their messages (people hate what is different, have a hard time accepting their lot in life, prefer dreams to reality, and may react with violence if disappointed), the lovely language, both in the Spanish original and in the beautifully rendered English translation, does much to compensate Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Los Colores De Mateo (Marisa Lopez Soria) - No information on this book is currently available. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Mateo y la grua de medianoche (Allen Morgan) - No information on this book is currently available. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Mateo y los pavos de medianoche (Allen Morgan) - During a nighttime adventure Mateo is besieged by silly turkeys and constructs a turkey trap to capture them--or was it just a dream? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Raton Mateo Y Su Hermana Maggie (Lorenzo Liberto) - Spanish edition. Matt the Rat and his sister Maggie discover their grandfather’s old wooden chest, and they unleash all of its magic when they find out that the chest allows them to be anything they can imagine: a firefighter, a marine biologist, a soccer player, a news reporter, and more. This book is part of La Serie de Ratón Mateo that also includes the books Raton Mateo Se Defiende and Cuando Yo Crezca. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Mateo

    Famous People Named Mateo

    Famous People Named Mateo - Mateo Alemán (16th century Spanish novelist); Mateo Arias (teen actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Mateo

    Children of Famous People Named Mateo

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Mateo - Benjamin Bratt (actor); Colin Firth (actor); Talisa Soto (model); Tom Colicchio (celebrity chef)

  • Historic Figures

    Mateo - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Mateo - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Mateo.

Personality of the Boy Name Mateo

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Mateo

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