Bible Names

All you need to know about bible names. Girls name, boys name and meanings

Bible Names - All you need to know about bible names. Girls name, boys name and meanings

Bible Names

Biblical Names and Meanings

It is very popular for parents to use names taken from the bible to name their children.  In fact, the majority of the more popular baby names are actually taken from the bible.  When choosing a biblical name you should either be aware of the biblical reference, the person, or place that the name references as well as the meaning of the name.  This is a compilation of some of the most popular bible names, their origins, and their meanings.

Biblical Names for Boys

Aaron

  • Of Hebrew origin; derived from the Hebrew Haron
  • Aaron was the brother to Moses
  • Mountain of strength is the meaning of the name

Adam

  • Of Hebrew origin; derived from the Hebrew word adama, which means man
  • The first man
  • Earth is the meaning of the name

Caleb

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Caleb was a companion of Joshua and Moses
  • Devotion, faith, and whole hearted are meanings of the name

Dan

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Jacob’s fifth son
  • Judge or God is my judge is the meaning of the name

David

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • One of the more prominent figures in the bible; there is only one David in the bible but his name is mentioned at least a thousand times
  • Beloved is the meaning of the name

Dennis

  • Of English and Greek origin; a variant of the Greek god of wine, Dionysius
  • An Athenian judge who was converted to being a Christian by Paul
  • Follower of Dionysius is the meaning of the name

Ethan

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • A wise man from Israel
  • Firmness and long-lived are two meanings of the name

Isaac

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Abraham’s only son with Sarah
  • Laughter is the meaning of the name

Jacob

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Brother to Esau; son of Isaac and Rebekah
  • He who supplants is the meaning of the name

James

  • Of Hebrew origin; this is a variant of Jacob
  • James was one of the 12 apostles
  • He who supplants is the meaning of the name

Jason

  • Of Hebrew and Greek origin
  • Jason is an associate of Paul
  • Lord is salvation and healer are two meanings of the name

Joel

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Prophet and the writer of the Book of Joel
  • Jehovah is the Lord is the meaning of the name

John

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Refers to either John the Baptist or one of the 12 apostles
  • God is gracious is the meaning of the name

Jonathan

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • King Saul’s son
  • Gift of God is the meaning of the name


Joseph

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Jacob’s son who was sold into slavery by his brothers
  • Jehovah increases is the meaning of the name

Joshua

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • One of the Israelites who made the 40 year trek with Moses
  • Jehovah is salvation is the meaning of the name

Luke

  • Of Greek origin
  • Luke wrote one of the Gospel accounts of Christ’s life; patron saint of artists and doctors
  • From Lucanus is the meaning of the name

Mark

  • Of Latin origin; derived from the Latin Marcus
  • Mark wrote one of the Gospel accounts of Christ’s life
  • Dedicated to Mars is the meaning of the name

Matthew

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Matthew wrote one of the Gospel accounts of Christ’s life; one of the 12 apostles
  • Gift from God is the meaning of the name

Michael

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • An archangel
  • Who resembles God is the meaning of the name

Paul

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • An apostle
  • Small is the meaning of the name

Peter

  • Of Greek origin
  • One of the 12 apostles
  • Rock is the meaning of the name

Reuben

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Jacob’s firstborn son
  • A son or see is the meaning of the name

Rufus

  • Of Latin origin
  • Two Christians from the first century in the bible are named Rufus
  • Red-haired is the meaning of the name

Seth

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Adam and Eve’s third son
  • Appointed or set is the meaning of the name

Simon

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Two bible apostles are named Simon
  • To be heard or to hear is the meaning of the name

Thomas

  • Of Aramaic origins
  • One of the 12 apostles
  • Twin is the meaning of the name

Timothy

  • Of Greek origin
  • A companion to Saint Paul
  • God’s honor is the meaning of the name

Biblical Names for Girls

Anna

  • Of Hebrew origin – Anna is the Latin and Greek version of the name Hannah
  • Anna was a devout woman, who was at the temple in Jerusalem to see the baby Jesus presented
  • Grace or my god has favored me two meanings of the name

Bernice

  • Of Greek Origin
  • A name referenced in the bible
  • Victory bringer is the meaning of the name

Deborah

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Deborah was a biblical prophetess
  • Bee is the meaning of the name

Dinah

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • The only daughter of Jacob
  • Justified is the meaning of the name

Eden

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Refers to the Garden of Eden
  • Place of pleasure is the meaning of the name

Elizabeth

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Elizabeth was John the Baptist’s mother
  • God’s promise and God is my oath are the two meanings of the name

Eve

  • Of Hebrew and Latin origin; it is a version of the Latin Eva and the Hebrew Havva
  • Eve was the first woman
  • Life and animal are the two meanings of the name

Hannah

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • A barren women who asked God to provide her with a child; God answered her prayers and she became the prophet Samuel’s mother
  • God has graced me with a son or God has favored me are the two meanings of the name

Joanna

  • Of English Origin; polish version of the Hebrew Johanna
  • Christ had several disciples named Joanna
  • God is gracious is the meaning of the name

Judith

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • By urging the Hebrew army to achieve victory over the Assyrians, Judith became a Jewish heroine
  • From Judea is the meaning of the name

Leah

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Leah was the first wife of Jacob
  • Weary and delicate are two of the meanings of the name

Lois

  • Of Greek origin
  • A Christian woman in the bible from the 1st century
  • Superior is the meaning of the name

Mara

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Mara is the name that Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law, took after her husband and sons died
  • Bitter is the meaning of the name

Martha

  • Of Aramaic origin
  • Martha is the sister of Lazarus and Mary and also the patron saint of helping/service professions
  • Lady of the house or lady are the meanings of the name

Mary

  • Of Latin origin
  • Mary is the mother of Christ; the virgin mother
  • Star of the sea is the Latin meaning of the name and the Hebrew meaning of the name is wished for child, sea of bitterness, and rebellion

Naomi

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Ruth’s mother in law
  • Pleasant is the meaning of the name

Priscilla

  • Of Latin origin
  • A Christian missionary from the first century
  • Venerable and ancient are the meanings of the name

Rachel

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Rachel is the wife of Jacob
  • Ewe, a female sheep, is the meaning of the name Rachel

Rebecca

  • Of Hebrew origin; derived from Rebekah (how it appears in the bible)
  • Rebecca was the wife of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham
  • To bind is the meaning of the name

Ruth

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Daughter-in-law to Naomi
  • Friend and companion are the meanings of the name

Sarah

  • Of Hebrew Origin; derived from Sarai(how it appears in the bible)
  • Abraham’s wife
  • Princess is the meaning of the name

Sharon

  • Of Hebrew origin
  • Sharon is a place in the bible rather than a name, it is the area of land at the base of Mount Carmel
  • Fertile plain is the meaning of the name

Biblical names are very popular to be used as baby names for both girls and boys.  If you have a new baby on the way and are considering a biblical name, this list will help you decide what name to choose.

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