If you are thinking of researching a name from the Bible you might just come in the right place. The Bible, whether from the Old Testament or the New Testament have many fascinating names, inspiring stories of men and women and meanings behind them for you to discover.
This compilation gives you some popular biblical baby girls and boys names and the background to these names, biblical names would make a beautiful first or middle name for your child. I hope this hub will be a useful reference but also a source of ideas and inspiration in choosing a name for your child.
List of Biblical Names for Girls
ABIGAIL - ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Gives joy / Father's joy
Abigail was the third wife of the biblical King David and was described as a woman of beauty, wisdom and faith.
Bethany - ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: House of figs
The name of the two places in the Gospels. The better known is three km east of Jerusalem where Jesus was based during the last week of his earthly life and where Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha lived (Mark 14:3-9). The other is a place east of the Jordan where John was baptised (John 1:28).
DEBORAH - ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Bee
Deborah was a biblical prophetess and led Israel as a judge. The Song of Deborah (Judges 5) which commemorates the triumph of Israel over the Canaanites is thought to be one of the oldest pieces of Hebrew poetry.
DINAH - ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: One who judges / Judged
Jacob and Leah's only daughter.
ELIZABETH - ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: God is my oath
John the Baptist's mother and a close relative of Jesus' mother Mary, she encouraged Mary with a prophecy about her unborn son (Luke 1: 42-45) Elizabeth and her husband seemed destined to remain childless until visited by the angel Gabriel who told them that Elizabeth would give birth to a son who would prove new Elijah.
HANNAH - ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Favor/ Grace
The mother of the prophet Samuel. She gave birth to him after God heard her desperate prayer because she was barren and then dedicated him to the service of God (1 Samuel 1)
JUDITH ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Woman of Judea
In the Old Testament, the daughter of Beeri the Hittite and wife of Esa ( Genesis 26:34).
LEAH - ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Weary
Jacob's first wife. She was less favored than her younger sister Rachel because she was not so attractive, but she bore him seven children. (Genesis 29:16-30:21)
NAOMI - ORIGIN: Hebrew- Meaning: Lovely/ Pleasant
In the Old Testament, Naomi was the mother-in-law of Ruth. After the death of her husband and sons and upon the return to Bethlehem, Naomi took the name Mara, meaning bitter.
RACHEL - ORIGIN: Hebrew- Meaning: Ewe Jacob's second wife and Leah's youngest sister. Jacob waited 14 years to marry her because he loved her so much, but her life was tinged with sadness (Genesis 29:16-31:35). She died giving birth to her second son Benjamin.
Rebecca / Rebekah - ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning ; Captivating
Rebekah /Rebecca was the wife of Isaac and mother of Jacob and Esau. Though she trusted God's guidance in travelling hundreds of miles to marry Isaac, she was primarily responsible for Jacob's deception of her husband and her son over Esau's birthright. (Genesis 24: 57-67)
RUTH -ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Friend
A young Moabite widow who was one of the ancestors of David and Jesus ( Ruth 4:17). Ruth is an outstanding example of a non-Israelite who commits herself to the Lord and to Israel. Her great kindness to her Israelite mother-in-law and respect for the Israelite law of levirate marriage illustrate the depth of her faith.
SARAH - ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Princess
Abraham's wife and mother of Isaac. Her name was changed from Sarai to emphasized her importance as the mother of God's promised child. ( Genesis 17: 15-22). However she could not believe that she would bear a child when she was 90 years old. (Genesis 18:10-15).
Susannah -ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Lily
In the New Testament, one of the women who provided for Christ and his disciples from their own resources.
Some parents choose a more unusual name for their sons, in some culture; they require a strong, familiar name for boys.
If the idea of a biblical name with a sense of tradition appeals to you, the names from the Old testaments or the New Testaments have incredible character and qualities that you may find as a parent favorable for your baby.
To help you, here is a list of biblical names for boys with their meaning. I hope this will help and guide future parents in choosing a name for their baby boy.
List of Biblical Names for Boys
AARON - ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: high mountain or mountaineer
In the Bible Aaron, Moses older brother was Israel first high priest, whose main role was to assist Moses. He served as spokesman for Moses.
ADAM - ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: closely related to the word for ‘man’
In the Bible, Adam was the first man created by God.
ANDREW - ORIGIN: Greek - MEANING: Manly Brave
One of the twelve apostles and the brother of Simon Peter. A fisherman like his brother he had an important role in introducing people to Jesus (John 1:35-42).
BENJAMIN ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: Son of the right hand
Jacob’s youngest son, whose mother Rachel died in childbirth. Also a tribute of the tribe descended from Benjamin from whom Esther and the apostle Paul came.
EMMANUEL- ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: God is with us.
Another name for the Messiah, this name is both the Old and the New testaments. The use of this name for Jesus Christ shows that he brought presence to earth when he was born. (Matthew 1:22-23)
ETHAN -ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: Long- lived
A man renowned for his great wisdom (I Kings 4:31) and also credited with being the author of Psalm 89.
EZRA -ORIGIN: Hebrew- Meaning: Help
An important reformer in post-exilic Judaism, whose main achievement was to established the law of God as the basis of the Jewish community. He was appointed by the Persian king, Artaxerxes, probably Artaxerxes 1 in the mid fifth century BC, to teach the Jewish law and ensure that the Jews kept the Persian law (Ezra 7:11-26).
ISAAC ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: He laughs
Isaac was the only son of Abraham by his wife Sarah. The prediction of his birth was amusing to the couple because they were very old, so God gave them the name Isaac for their son meaning one who laughs. Isaac later became a father to the twins Esau and Jacob.
ISAIAH ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: God is Salvation
The biblical book of Isaiah is named for a Hebrew prophet of the Old Testament.
JACOB - ORIGIN : Hebrew - Meaning: Supplanter
Jacob appears in the biblical book of Genesis as the youngest son of Isaac and Rebecca and twin to Esau. Jacob’s sons were the founders of the twelve tribes of Israel and he received the name of Israel from God later in life.
JARED -ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: Descent
The father of Enoch and other children, he lived to be 962 years old. Genesis: 5:15-20. He is also mentioned in Luke’s genealogy of Jesus (Luke 3: 37).
LEVI - ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: Joined (associated)
In the Bible, Jacob’s third son and father of the tribe of priests.
MICHAEL- ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: Who is like the Lord
An archangel of Jewish and Christian scripture, Michael is portrayed as a warrior and leader of heaven’s armies who defeats and casts out the dragon in the Book of Revelation.
PETER - ORIGIN: Greek - Meaning: Rock
Peter was a biblical fisherman and one of Christ’s twelve disciples. In Catholic tradition he is the first pope.
REUBEN ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Behold a son
In the Old testament the first born of Jacob and Leah and patriarch of one of the 12 Tribes of Israel.
Something to think about....
Choosing your baby’s name can be a frustrating exercise. There are endless possibilities. But remember whatever name you choose, your child, have to live for the rest of his or her life.
Whatever you decide, practice saying the name out loud, along with any other names you may have chosen especially with the child’s surname. It is important that the names sound right together.
Good Luck !!!
How did you name your child? Share you name stories to us. . .
deborah on December 06, 2011:
hi,my sister daughter
Margaret Taylor on December 04, 2010:
MY daughter is named Glory Dawn. I feel this is a truly unique and blessed name.
De Greek from UK on November 27, 2010:
What a lovely list :-)
Lita C. Malicdem from Philippines on November 16, 2010:
My husband wanted his name in our 2 daughters' names. I wanted the same. So we ended up with Raponcel and Racquel. The R is for Roberto and the L for Lita. We gave each of the girls their own- but still with hint of our own names- Roma from Roberto Malicdem, Julie from Julieta. Now they are happily settled with their own nicknames- Pot and Kit.
Haha! What a way to haggle with childrens' names! Nice hub.
PaperNotes on September 12, 2010:
My daughter's name is Franchesca Gabrielle, named after the archangel Gabriel. Thanks for this list, I would surely use this as reference to look for a name for our next child.
bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on August 16, 2010:
Enjoyed your list, and the additions by your commenters. I will add the name Miriam sister of Moses and Lois, Timothy's grandmother.
MM Del Rosario (author) from NSW, Australia on August 13, 2010:
Thank you dropping by and telling your little stories about how you name your child/children...
Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on August 13, 2010:
Everyone of the names you mentioned are beautiful. My personal favorites: Rebecca, Sarah, and Abigail.
Elayne from Rocky Mountains on August 12, 2010:
My real name is Ruth. Actually I, like Ruth in the Bible, left my home and followed my husband to a foreign land. However, I didn't stay there with his mother, she followed me back to America.
Joni Douglas on August 12, 2010:
Great list. Gave my daughter the name Rachael.
kaltopsyd from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA on August 12, 2010:
I like the names Hannah and Suzanna. I told my mother that I was going to name my child Hannah in the future... and you included it on your list--see? IT's fate. hehe.
Micky Dee on August 12, 2010:
Hey MM! My ex and I decided on taking halves of the grandmothers for our daughter Josie Lee. It has a nice ring to it for us. God bless!
MM Del Rosario (author) from NSW, Australia on August 11, 2010:
Ezra is a boys' name, ORIGIN: Hebrew- Meaning: Help
I have added it on my other hub- Biblical names for boys. https://hubpages.com/hub/biblical-name-for-boys
jeanie.stecher from Seattle on August 11, 2010:
I love the name Ezrah. Isn't it not that it came from the Bible? I love biblical names since for me, it connects the past and the present in remembering the Lord. Nice hub. Enjoyed reading the names.