🔼The name Mattattah: Summary
- Gift Of Yah
- From (1) the noun מתת (mattat), gift, from the verb נתן (natan), to give, and probably (2) יה (yah), the shortened name of the Lord.
🔼The name Mattattah in the Bible
The name Mattattah occurs only once in the Bible. He is one of the sons of Hashum, who had married and divorced their foreign wives during the purge of Ezra (Ezra 10:33).
🔼Etymology of the name Mattattah
The name Mattattah is derived from the verb נתן (natan) meaning to give, or more precisely, the noun מתת (mattat), meaning gift or reward:
The shape-shifting verb נתן (natan) means to give in a broad bouquet of senses, from regular giving or bestowing, to setting or putting, to transforming one thing or situation into another.
This verb's three nouns מתן (mattan), מתנה (mattana) and מתת (mattat) all mean gift, again broadly ranging from a regular present to an offering to an innate talent (being "gifted").
Where the final letter ה (he) comes from is not immediately clear but scholars generally appear to assume that our name is a contraction of the name מתתיה (Mattithiah), and that means that the final he is a remnant of יה (Yah), which in turn is an abbreviated form of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.
For a meaning of the name Mattattah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Gift Of Yahweh. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has the similar Gift Of The Lord. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate our name but does list it under the verb נתן (natan) meaning to give.