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Matthew McConaughey Reveals Biblical Significance of Son Levi’s Name

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Levi is another name for Matthew in the Bible. Hear Matthew McConaughey's touching story on how his son's name came about and it's biblical importance to him.


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Oscar award-winning actor and director Matthew McConaughey opens up about naming his son “Levi.” McConaughey says that the name was chosen from the Bible. Matthew the Apostle in the Bible, is also known as “Levi.” Matthew or “Levi” was one of the disciples of Jesus.

McConaughey shared his favorite bible verse, Matthew 6:22, with Michael Strahan on Good Morning America. Matthew was having his first son but didn’t know what to name him, “Levi” was always in the queue. His son was born at 6:22 pm so Matthew and his wife took it as a sign to name their baby “Levi.”

Matthew 6:22 reads, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.

Matthew is married to Camila Alves a Brazilian activist and model. Together they have 3 children, Levi, 10, Vida, 9 and Livingston, 6. Matthew shares that he and his wife had the name “Vida” for a girl. And he thought that “Livingston” was great because he’s met many men of character that had that name.

McConaughey has made some amazing life changes as of recent. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin this year. The chairman of the film department at the college shares, “His passion for film is boundless.” Matthew exclaims about his film class, “It’s the class I wish I would have had when I was in film school. The elements of truth and genuine joy for the process are timeless. That will always be our classroom focus.”

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Matthew also recently started his own Instagram this year. We love his unique point of view and artistry. He is a cultural ambassador in Austin and all over the world.