Matthew - does its recent drop down the rankings mean it will sound dated?

(32 Posts)
Artichook Thu 04-Apr-13 18:32:33

DH suggested Matthew today and to do honest it has never occurred to me as an option. This is DC3 and I know of no other little Matthews under the age of 10. I checked the rankings and in the last 20 years its gone from top ten to 40 something.

I think I quite like it but worry that it will seem a little dated. I remember when I was at school in the 80s the Lindas and Susans seemed a little stale, like their parents were behind the times. Will Matthew seem like that?

I have a 3 year old who has Matthew has a second middle name. It goes well with his first and second names. I like it but then I'm biased

Tommy Thu 04-Apr-13 18:36:22

not at all! Matthew is one of those classic names that won't date. It would have been one of my choices but my brother is Matthew smile

PoppyWearer Thu 04-Apr-13 18:38:03

I think Matthew is a fab name - and the abbreviation of Matt sounds fairly up-to-date to me?

abbyfromoz Thu 04-Apr-13 18:38:16

Sorry don't like it. Nephew (14) is a Matthew/Matt. Prefer his brother's name (Nathaneal)

everlong Thu 04-Apr-13 18:39:27

Matthew is lovely.

DerbyNottsLeicsNightNanny Thu 04-Apr-13 18:41:48

My 3yr old nephew is Matthew & I don't know any other little Matthews but don't think it sounds dated. At the mo he's often called matt matt or Matty, guess he will be matt when older. I really like it smile

My Ds is Matthew. He is 3! I like it!

ClaraOswald Thu 04-Apr-13 18:48:49

I know a little Matthew who is three and he has brothers James and William. Classic.

I was chatting to someone and she mentioned that they had a name picked out for their boy due next month and it totally blindsided me. They are going for Robert Matthew.

Welovegrapes Thu 04-Apr-13 18:49:18

I know one - I think it's classic as it is the name of one the apostles. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John will never date.

SJisontheway Thu 04-Apr-13 19:01:03

Great name, but I am biased as I have one. When I was pregnant, and had decided on the name, it was described on here as "a bit wet". Didn't put me off, and I've never regretted our choice. I do think its a classic that doesn't really date.

exoticfruits Thu 04-Apr-13 19:13:20

A classic -it won't date.

Artichook Thu 04-Apr-13 19:18:17

DH also said none of the four apostle names could date. The thing is that I think John and Mark do sound a little dated. I am sure they will come back "in" but for now they are the names of our generation and the generation of our fathers.

I do like Matthew though. I like Luke too but it is very popular whereas Matthew stands a good chance of being the only Matthew in his class which is an attraction.

thermalsinapril Thu 04-Apr-13 21:03:02

It's less fashionable than 40 years ago but it's certainly stood the test of time better than many 70s names. Matthias is a more unusual alternative that could still have Matt as nickname. Matthew is a classic name and I don't think you can go wrong smile

invicta Thu 04-Apr-13 21:06:30

Classic name! It won't date.

CruCru Thu 04-Apr-13 21:25:26

It is a proper name and everyone will be able to pronounce it.

NumberOneNumpty Thu 04-Apr-13 21:32:44

No, it's going to have to drop down some more to seem dated - forty-something is still very popular.

raisah Thu 04-Apr-13 22:59:41

Not as popular as Thomad, George & Samuel etc but that is a good thing. There arent so many young Matthews about so your ds will end up being one of a very few. Matthew is a good, solid traditional name which will carry well through all stages of your sons life.

fridayfreedom Thu 04-Apr-13 23:10:27

Love the name Matthew but as my DS is called Matthew I am a bit biased
Just make sure you spell it with two Ts!

Floralnomad Thu 04-Apr-13 23:12:39

I think Matthew is classic ,but I have one . Matt as a nn will always be contemporary . Bit like William and Will .

RustyBear Thu 04-Apr-13 23:16:20

There are currently four Matthews in the junior school where I work, all 10 or under, that's just under 2%. I've been working/helping there for nearly 20 years and there's always been at least one Matthew (for four of those years it was mine, which is why I've noticed)

willyoulistentome Thu 04-Apr-13 23:21:54

I love it. My DB is Matthew. (Matth)

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Fri 05-Apr-13 06:07:11

40-something is still pretty popular!! Anything inside the top 100 is in current, regular use.

My friend has a 3YO Matthew - great name, and all adult Matts seem to be very laid back, cool men.

CityGal29 Fri 05-Apr-13 19:32:11

To me it's an 80s name. All the boys at uni in 2000s were Chris James or Matt and all had one of these as middle name as well, except a few Dans and Bens (seriously!!)
It's an 80s name or the child of parents who are in their 40s and missed this bulge of matts iykwim

Jins Fri 05-Apr-13 19:38:05

One of my favourite names. I know Matthews aged 83, 55, 40, 32, 18, 7 and 2 and it suits them all. One of the few names that suits every age group

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