Matthew Cuthbert is the brother of Michael and Marilla Cuthbert, and the adoptive father of Anne Shirley-Cuthbert.


Matthew Cuthbert is the brother of Marilla and Michael Cuthbert. He runs Green Gables with his elder sister. Due to his quiet nature, Matthew's first impression of Anne is unclear until Marilla refuses to keep her. Matthew reveals he is fond of Anne and persuades Marilla to give the girl and chance. This quick acceptance of Anne endears her to Matthew. At one point, Matthew goes against Marilla's and buys Anne a beautiful dress with puff sleeves. Towards the end of the first season, the Cuthberts run into financial trouble. Matthew suffers a heart attack shortly after learning the family may be ruined. Upon waking, Matthew goes into a cabinet to get a gun with the intention of committing suicide. Matthew thought that Marilla and Anne would be able to survive on the insurance money they would receive from his death. However, he is caught by Jeannie before he can take his life and collapses again. Matthew recovers well.

Physical appearanceEdit


Matthew is a kind and incredibly shy man. He is terribly afraid of women, with the exception of his sister Marilla and adoptive daughter Anne.


Jerry Baynard Edit

Matthew employs Jerry to work at Green Gables.

Marilla CuthbertEdit

Matthew and Marilla are brother and sister. They share a good bond with each other, although they usually don't show it.

Michael CuthbertEdit

Matthew's deceased brother.

Anne ShirleyEdit

Matthew's adopted daughter.


Etymology Edit

The name Matthew is an English form of Matthaios, which was a Greek form of the Hebrew name Mattityahu meaning "gift of YAHWEH", from the roots mattan meaning "gift" and yah referring to the Hebrew God. Matthew, also called Levi, was one of the twelve apostles. He was a tax collector, and supposedly the author of the first gospel in the New Testament. He is considered a saint in many Christian traditions. The variant Matthias also occurs in the New Testament belonging to a separate apostle. The name appears in the Old Testament as Mattithiah. As an English name, Matthew has been in use since the Middle Ages.

The name Cuthbert is derived from the Old English word for "famous" and "bright". Saint Cuthbert was a 6th-century hermit who became the bishop of Lindisfarne, an island off the coast of England. He was known as performer of healing miracles. Because of the saint, this name remained in use in England even after the Norman Conquest. It became rare after the Protestant Reformation, but it was briefly revived in the 19th century.

Behind the scenesEdit



  • The CBC website describes him as, A pathologically shy man with a tender heart, Matthew’s broken spirit and zest for life is reinvigorated by his love for Anne.[1]
  • According to the Cuthbert family Bible, Matthew was born on June 15, 1841.


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Season 2 (Anne with an E)

Season 3 (Anne with an E)


See alsoEdit

Major characters
Billy Andrews · Jane Andrews · Diana Barry · Eliza Barry · William Barry · Jerry Baynard · Gilbert Blythe · Marilla Cuthbert
Matthew Cuthbert · Ruby Gillis · Ka’kwet · Sebastian Lacroix · Rachel Lynde · Cole Mackenzie · Mr. Phillips · Josie Pye
Anne Shirley · Miss Stacy
Minor characters
Aluk · Mr. Andrews · Mrs. Andrews · Prissy Andrews · Mr. Avery · Bank Manager · Minnie May Barry · Josephine Barry
Mr. Baynard · Mrs. Baynard · Father Beck · Mrs. Blewett · John Blythe · Tillie Boulter · Cecile Chaminade · Constance
Michael Cuthbert · Doctor · Mr. Dunlop · Malcolm Frost · Mr. Gillis · Mrs. Gillis · Mr. Hammond · Mrs. Hammond · Elijah Hanford
Jeannie · Mary Joe · Jocelyn · Kitpu · Delphine Lacroix · Hazel Lacroix · Mary Lacroix · Caleb Lynde · Thomas Lynde
Madam Lyudmila · Mrs. Mackenzie · Sister Maria · Matron · Mimikej · Minister · Mrs. Morrison · Nathaniel · Older Girl · Oqwatnuk
Paul #1 · Paul #2 · Pawnbroker · Mrs. Pye · Miss Rogerson · Rollings · Winifred Rose · Charlie Sloane · Mrs. Spencer
Moody Spurgeon · Mrs. Spurgeon · Stationmaster · Dr. Ward · Woman in Blue Top Hat

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