O Matthew, Where Art Thou? (And Why Are So Few Film & TV Characters Named Matthew Anyway?)

Unless your own name is Matthew, you will probably not have noticed this phenomenon, but the heroes of film and TV are only very rarely named Matthew or Matt. Scan through IMDB, and you’ll find just 76 Matthews and 156 Matts. A vampire on True Blood. A recurring character on Teen Wolf, the TV series. Matts in Maniac Cop, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, Race to Witch Mountain, The Amityville Horror. Compare that with Jack or David, each of which returns 200 results, and in movies and TV shows you may actually have seen, or at least heard of.

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