Popular Biblical names and their meaning


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Popular Biblical names and their meaning

Some of the biblical names and their meanings come from Hebrew, while others come from Latin, Greek, and Aramaic

Names play a variety of roles in the bible. Sometimes, names relate to the role the character had in the biblical narrative. For example, that is the case with Nabal, a foolish man who name means “fool”. Sometimes, names in the Bible represent human hopes. And sometimes, they represent divine revelations.

Some of the biblical names and their meanings come from Hebrew, while others come from Latin, Greek, and Aramaic. There are names with etymological meaning. Here are some of the more popular names for men and women in the bible, and their meaning.

Female names

- Adah – ornament, beauty

- Abbigail – my father is a joy. The name of Nabal’s wife in the Old Testament

- Ava – injustice in Persian language. In German mythology, Saint Ava was a 9th century princess, and is the origin of the Norman French name of Aveline, which resulted in the English name Evelyn

- Darda – a pearl of wisdom

- Dinah – in Hebrew, Dinah means judged, vindicated. She was the daughter of Jacob. Her violation by Shechem, and the subsequent vengeance of her brothers is commonly referred as “the rape of Dinah”

- Eleasah – whom God made

- Elizabeth – in Hebrew, “My god has sworn”. Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist and the wife of Zechariah. According to the Gospel of Luke, she and her husband were “righteous before God”

- Esther – secret, hidden. She was a Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus, and her story is the basis for the celebration of Purim in Jewish tradition

- Eve – breath, life. A figure in the Book of Genesis, she was the first woman according to the creation myth. In the Islamic tradition, she is known as the first woman and Adam’s wife. However, she is not specifically named in the Quran

- Joanna – whom Jehovah has graciously given, grace or gift of God

- Judith – the feminine version of Judah, “praised” or “Jewess”. She is part of the Catholic and Orthodox Christian Old Testament of the Bible, but excluded from Jewish texts

- Miriam – rebellion. According to the Bible, she was the daughter of Amram and Yocheved, a prophet that first appears in the Book of Exodus

- Rebecca – wild and imperious. She appears in the Bible as the wife of Isaac and one of the four couples believed to be buried in the Cave of the Patriarchs

Male names

- Abraham – father of a multitude. Avram has the same meaning

- Amoz – strong and robust. Amos, on the other hand, means a burdern

- Benedict – blessed. Saint Benedict founded the Benedictines in the 6th century. A total of 16 popes have used the name Benedict

- Daniel – God is my Judge. The hero of the Book of Daniel was a noble Jewish youth taken into captivity. During the entire time, he remained true to the God of Israel

- David – belowed. David was the second king of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah

- Ezra – help

- Micah – gift of God. The name also means “who is like God”

- Samuel – the one who heard God

- James – Greek version of Jacob, one who take place of another, as through force, strategy, scheming, or the like

- Jason – he that will cure, one who will heal

- Jeremiah – raised up or appointed by Jehovah

- John - gift or grace of God, same as Johanan

- Joseph – remover or increaser

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