🔼The name Matthan: Summary
- From the noun מתן (mattan), gift, from the verb נתן (natan), to give.
🔼The name Matthan in the Bible
The Greek name Matthan occurs only once in the Bible, but it's a transliteration of the Hebrew name מתן (Mattan), which occurs twice.
Matthan is an ancestor of Jesus the Nazarene according to the genealogy of Matthew, which traces Jesus' lineage through Solomon, son of David. According to Matthew, Matthan was the legal great-grandfather of Jesus (Matthew 1:15).
🔼Etymology of the name Matthan
The name Matthan comes from the noun מתן (mattan), meaning gift, from the verb נתן (natan) meaning to give:
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").
The name Matthan means Gift.