Baby Names Inspired by the Bible

Updated on December 9, 2018
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Christian Biblical Names—as Well as Others

This article will concentrate mainly on names found in (and inspired by) the Christian Bible because it is the most used bible in the world. However, please keep in mind that it is not the only bible in the world. Because of this fact, I will draw inspiration from other books of faith and scatter them throughout the article. I sincerely hope that anyone who visits the page will be open-minded enough to not mind seeing names not found in their bible.

The one thing I have found to be at the core of most religions is tolerance and love for our fellow human being. Problems tend to occur when we branch outwards from those core values. If we all try to be a bit more understanding of other peoples' beliefs and look at religion as a set of guidelines instead of a set of laws that must be followed no matter what, I believe the world can become a much better place.

There is nothing wrong with coming up with a name inspired by a certain faith, but if we teach our children to focus on the core values of the religion (the ones that we all know in our hearts to be just), the name you give them can truly be a source of inspiration and empowerment in difficult times. Thank you for giving this article a chance, and good luck finding a good name for your newborn.

I have decided not to put bible names for girls and bible names for boys into two separate groups. When you are dealing with old names such as these they can often be used for a child's name no matter the sex. As for the rest, names that are best for girls and those best for boys stand out on their own (unless you want to be contrary on purpose).

Baby Names From the Bible

 
 
 
Adah
Madai
Jesse
Zechariah
Shem
Titus
Matthew
Judah
Luke
Elisha
Homam
Asa
Obadiah
Ruth
Uz
Abner
Mercy
Bernice
Ram
Ebenezer
Tamar
Saul
Uzal
Ishmael
Omar
Hezekiah
Enoch
Jonah
Israel
Bathsheba
Faith
Noah
Micah
Korah
Tiras
Nahath
Zibeon
Hope
Ethan
Jebediah
Eve
Onam
Cain
Sheba
Isaiah
Aruna
Manahath
Hemdan
Reuel
David
Cush
Tubal
Hezron
Joda
Josiah
Abeer
Magog
Paul
Amos
Jalam
Neri
Seth
Jafar
Shepho
Hori
Amalek
Japheth
Aram
Kenaz
Hannah
Gomer
Melki
Serug
Ahaz
Jerusalem
Zipporah
Maria
Rachel
Tabitha
Amaris
James
Mary
Keran
Zachariah

Some Good Bible Names and Their Meanings

  • Abidan: In Hebrew name means “my father is judge”.
  • Delilah: Hebrew for “delicate”.
  • Inola: In Cherokee the word means “black fox”.
  • Timothy: One who honors God.
  • Ebal: A mount in the Promised Land where the Israelites reiterated their devotion to the commandments of Jehovah (and the consequences if they disobeyed them).
  • Abaddon: Means “ruin or destruction” in Hebrew.
  • Zadok: Means “righteous” in Hebrew.
  • Othniel: In Hebrew means “strength of God”.
  • Priscilla: Latin meaning ancient, primitive or aged.

  • Amir: Very similar meaning in Arabic and Hebrew, “strong, commanding”.
  • Shakti: In Hinduism a shakti is the female counterpart of a god.
  • Samson: bright sun
  • Benjamin: A Hebrew name meaning “born of the right hand”.
  • Zuriel: In Hebrew this name means "my rock is God".
  • Eden: Inspired by the garden of God; also known as paradise.
  • Vashti: This interesting name is most likely of Persian origin and means " beautiful woman".

A Little Break to Celebrate

A good name is better than precious ointment.

— Ecclesiastes 7:1

More Bible-Inspired Names for Babies

 
 
 
Zerah
Charity
Adam
Methuselah
Genesis
Lillian
Job
Abraham
Gabe
Emmanuel
Jared
Levi
Nathan
Teman
Uriah
Esau
Lud
Mark
Jannai
Raamah
Ophir
Daniel
Gabriel
Togarmah
Shiloh
Ezra
Adriel
Phineas
Mattathias
Adon
Husham
Dinah
Malachi
Isaac
Jael
Dedan
Elam
Talitha
Keturah
Medan
Damodara
Joshua
Timna
Samuel
Terah
Shaul
Hanok
Perez
Dishon
Dishan
Oamra
Andrew
Obed
Jason
Benedict
Seir
Jezebel
Josek
Lamech
Jeremiah
Rahab
Javan
Azor
Jesus
Gether
Oholibamah
Sabta
Rebecca
Melea
Ezer
Eshban
Addi
Lilly
Phillip
Lydia
Enos
 
 
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The Meaning Behind Some Biblical Names

  • Ithai: A common Hebrew name spelled in various was; means “with me”.
  • Phoebe: A name of Greek origin meaning “shining or pure”.
  • Ephraim: doubly fruitful
  • Moses: Hebrew for drawn out of the water.
  • Erastus: In Latin this name means "beloved". A biblical name not mentioned that often that can be found in the New Testament.
  • Atarah: Means "crown" in Hebrew. (A beautiful name for a little girl.)
  • Mordecai: Hebrew for “little man”.
  • Cyrus: In Persian it means “the sun”; the Hebrew equivalent is Koresh.
  • Zillah: Means “shade” in Hebrew.
  • Naomi: Originally from the Hebrew name Na’omiy, which means “pleasant”.
  • Abigail: the father’s joy
  • Elijah: Means “my God is Yahweh”; originally from the name ‘Eliyyahu.
  • Martha: Arabic for “sorrow”.
  • Ariel: A powerful, religious-themed name for a baby girl that means “lion of God”.
  • Jasper: treasure holder
  • Adina: Meaning “slender or delicate” in Hebrew. Was used as a male name in the Old Testament, but in modern Hebrew, mostly a feminine name.

Some of the World's Religions

For those people who devoutly follow a certain religion and can't comprehend someone else who believes differently, the above video may be a shock. There are a lot of different religions and beliefs in the world and millions of people with different points of view. Never assume that a certain person follows a certain religion. I find that you can never go wrong by being as respectful as you can, even if your beliefs differ from that of another.

When religion becomes something to unify common themes instead of something that polarizes then that will be a day that needs to be celebrated by all. Virtually all religions and beliefs have something in common; it's all the extra stuff that always seems to get in the way.

Another Batch of Names Inspired by the Bible

 
 
 
Akan
Sidon
Hadad
Reuben
Menna
Rhesa
Michal
King
Ezekiel
Miriam
Esther
Bethany
Zepho
Joseph
Nimrod
Peter
Shammah
Lotan
Solomon
Er
Grace
Ham
Ava
Abel
Zaavan
Eliakim
Iram
Shobal
Jacob
Tobias
Judge
Nahshon
Joel
Mahesha
Charity
Silas
Elon
Aaron
Zahid
Bela
Ithran
Sarai
Julia
Beor
Havilah
Keran
Mizzah
Amon
Jedidah
Simeon
Basemath
Midian
Ashur
Shaul
Bethlehem
Mahalalel
Gatam
Magdiel
Epher
Stephen
Zedekiah
Thomas
Edom
Meshek
Anah
Obal
Alvan
Pinon
Nebaioth
Eliphaz
Barak
Tabor

Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Mathew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

— Mathew 10:2-4

Names in the Bible (Boy and Girl Bible Names)

  • Ali: In Arabic means “Lion of God”.
  • Gideon: tree cutter
  • Abijah: Means "the Lord is my father" in Hebrew. There was several people in the Old Testament, both male and female, that had this name, including Kings.
  • Joanna: God is gracious
  • Jerah: Means “honeycomb or honeysuckle”.
  • Jerusha: A beautiful name for a baby girl that means “possession” in Hebrew.
  • Ulla: will and determination
  • Paulus: small or little
  • Sur: withdraw or depart; turn aside; rebellious
  • Gaius: Uncertain meaning, but believed to be derived from the Latin gaudere, which means "to rejoice".
  • Magdalene: from the high tower
  • Judas: Though not often used as a first name because of the betrayal of Jesus; it would be an uncommon, but well-known name from the bible.


What's In a Name

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Personal Story

If you ever get a chance to visit Jerusalem, be sure to check out the sites in the Old City as that is where you'll find attractions such as the Temple Mount, The Dome of the Rock, The Wailing Wall and the Mount of Olives. My grandmother has told me stories of how she made the trip with me when I was only a few months old, of course she had plenty of pictures to go along with the stories. Those tales was one of my fondest memories of her when she was alive.

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        Joy 

        10 months ago

        Alma (From the Book of Mormon) and Gideon (Also from the Book of Mormon) . Alma can be unisex.

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