Bible Names

Male Names
  • Aaron (Hebrew) - Mountain [English speaking countries]

    Anglicisation of the Hebrew Aharon. In the Bible, Aaron was the brother of Moses. It is the name of 'the Moor', the lover of Tamora, in Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus'. Other famous bearers include TV producer Aaron Spelling, pop singer Aaron Carter and

  • Abel (Hebrew) - Breath [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    According to the Bible, Abel has the distinction of being the first murder victim in history, having been slain by his brother, Cain. He was also considered to be the first shepherd or keeper of animals. The Bible indicates that he was the first person to

  • Adam (Hebrew) - Man; earth; to be red [English, Hebrew and Polish speaking countries]

    In Hebrew this is a generic word for 'man' not used as a name, but it is also associated with 'adama' (earth), from which God was supposed to have made the first humans. According to the Bible Adam and Eve were the first humans, and lived in the Garden of

  • Andrew (Greek) - Man, warrior [English speaking countries]

    Andrew was a disciple of Jesus and of John the Baptist, who it is said was martyred by being crucified on a cross in the shape of an "X". He became a saint. This symbol is now referred to as Saint Andrew's cross. Andrew was the brother of Peter.

  • Asher (Hebrew) - Fortunate; blessed; happy [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Asher was the 8th son of Jacob and the second son of Zilpa, the maid of Jacob’s wife Leah. He was also the founder of the Tribe of Asher.

  • Benjamin (Hebrew) - Son of my right hand [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Benjamin is the anglicized form of the Hebrew Binyamin. In the Old Testament, Benjamin was the twelfth and youngest son of Jacob. Benjamin was the 24th most popular boy's name in the US in 2006, and the 11th most popular in the UK. It is also commonly fou

  • Daniel (Hebrew) - God is my judge [Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Armenian speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Daniel was a Hebrew prophet and the Book of Daniel contains prophecies concerning the future. Daniel was among the Jews who were taken captive in Babylon. He rose to a high position in the Babylonian government by interpreting the ki

  • Elijah (Hebrew) - My god is the lord [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Elijah was a Hebrew prophet who appeared mysteriously during the 9th century B.C.E. and left this earth in a blazing chariot ascending into the heavens. He appears in the Bible in 1 and 2 Kings, and is seen with Moses during the Transfiguration of Jesus.<

  • Ethan (Hebrew) - Strong, firm, impetuous [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Ethan means strong and optimistic, solid and enduring, or permanent. The name Ethan appears eight times in the Hebrew Bible. Ethan the Ezrahite, is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. It may be that Ethan was a cymbal-player in King David's court. He authored

  • Ezekiel (Hebrew) - God will strengthen [English speaking countries]

    Ezekiel was a major prophet of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Ezekiel. Ezekiel, like Jeremiah, is said to have been a descendant of Joshua by his marriage with the proselyte Rahab. He lived in Jerusalem until the Babylonian conquest and capt

  • Isaac (Hebrew) - He will laugh [English speaking countries]

    From the Hebrew Yitzchak, meaning "he will laugh". In the Old Testament, Isaac is the son of Abraham and Sarah, the husband of Rebecca and the father of Jacob and Esau. Sarah could not bear children and was already very aged at the time of his conception.

  • Isaiah (Hebrew) - God is salvation [English speaking countries]

    Isaiah was a Jewish prophet in the Bible, the book of Isaiah was written by him. However, there is a curious jump in events and tone at Isaiah 40, which has led some scholars to believe that the two halves of the book were written by different authors. Th

  • Jacob (Hebrew) - Supplanter; held by the heel [English speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Jacob is the son of Isaac and Rebekah, the twin brother of Esau and the father of twelve sons and a daughter. From his sons came the twelve tribes of Israel - the Israelites. God later changed Jacob's name to Israel.


  • Jair (Hebrew) - He will light up [English speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Jair was the father of one of King David's warriors.

  • James (Hebrew) - Supplanter [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    There are many saints called James, the most famous being Saint James the Elder, one of the Apostles. As a common name it has many namesakes, such as the author James Joyce or the fictional British spy James Bond ("007"). The name has been used for royalt

  • Jared (Hebrew) - To descend, descendant [English speaking countries]

    In the Bible, Yared is the grandfather of Methuselah. Jared may also be taken as a variant of Yered, one of the names applied to Moses.

    Actor and musician Jared Leto is a famous bearer.

    Captain Jared Bilby is a main charac

  • Jedidiah (Hebrew) - Friend of God [English speaking countries]

    From the Hebrew Yedidya, meaning "friend of God" or "God's beloved."
    Yedidya was another name of King Solomon.

  • Jered (Hebrew) - Descendant, descent [English speaking countries]

    Yered was one of the ten names applied to Moses.

  • Jeremiah (Hebrew) - God will raise up; God will set free [English speaking countries]

    Biblically, Jeremiah was a prophet. He prophesied the besieging and taking of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon but was ignored by the princes of Jerusalem. His writings are found in the book of Jeremiah and, according to tradition, he wrote the book

  • Jesse (Hebrew) - Gift; wealthy [English speaking countries]
  • Joel (Hebrew) - The Lord is God [English, French, Spanish and Swedish speaking countries]

    Spelt Joël in French.

    Joel was a prophet in the Old Testament.

    Famous bearers include film directors Joel Schumacher and Joel Coen, and singer Joel Madden.

    It was the 124th most popular name in USA in 2006. It

  • Jonah (Hebrew) - Dove [English speaking countries]

    A prophet of the Old Testament.

  • Jonas (Hebrew) - Dove [English speaking countries]

    A prophet of the Old Testament.

    Famous bearers include Jonas Salk, American medical researcher and virologist, best known for his discovery and development of the first safe and effective polio vaccine and Disney's The Jonas Brothers (joe,

  • Jonathan (Hebrew) - God has given; gift of God [English, German and Hebrew speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Jonathan was the eldest son of King Saul and the best friend of the future king David. Jonathan was a courageous defender of Israel and was killed in battle against the Philistines.

  • Joseph (Hebrew) - He will enlarge [English and French speaking countries]

    There are several Josephs in the Bible, including the husband of Mary in the New Testament and Joseph, son of Jacob - nowadays known for his many coloured coat. Joseph of Arimathea donated his own tomb for the burial of Jesus.

    Joseph was th

  • Joshua (Hebrew) - God rescues [English speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Joshua was appointed by God to lead the Israelites after Moses' death. The Greek form of Joshua is Jesus.

    Joshua was the 3rd most popular boy's name in the US in 2006, and 4th most popular in the UK.


  • Josiah (Hebrew) - The Lord saves [English speaking countries]

    Josiah is the name of the 16th king of Judah. The book of Deuteronomy was rediscovered during his time as king.

    Josiah Wedgwood was an 18th century potter, who helped industrialize the pottery industry.

  • Judah (Hebrew) - Praise; thanks [English speaking countries]

    From the Hebrew meaning "thanks, gratitude", "praise." In the Old Testament, Judah was a son of Jacob and Leah, who later married Tamar.

    It is also the name of one of the two kingdoms of Israel. The Kingdom of Judah was the kingdom ruled by

  • Levi (Hebrew) - Combined [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Levi is a Hebrew name used in the Old Testament of the Bible. Levi was the name of one of the sons of Jacob. His descendants, the Levites, were the priests of Israel.

    It is also the name of a popular brand of jeans, Levi-Strauss.

  • Luke (Greek) - Man from Lucania [English speaking countries]

    St Luke was the author of the Biblical books of Luke and of the Acts of the Apostles. He is traditionally seen as being a physician or a doctor.

    Luke was ranked as the 17th most popular boy's name in the UK in 2006, but was rated 43rd in t

  • Mark (Latin) - From the god Mars [English speaking countries]

    English form of Marcus.

    Saint Mark the Evangelist is traditionally believed to be the author of the second Gospel (Gospel of Mark) and a companion of Peter.
    A famous Roman bearer of the name was Mark Antony (Marcus Antonius), politi

  • Matthew (Hebrew) - Gift of God [English speaking countries]

    Matthew is the English form of the Hebrew name Mattityahu meaning "gift of God", through the Greek Matthaios.

    Matthew the Evangelist, traditionally held as the author of the Gospel of Matthew, is an important Christian figure best known as

  • Micah (Hebrew) - Who is similar? [English speaking countries]

    English name derived from the Hebrew Micha. It is often taken as short form of Micaiah, meaning "who is like God?".

    It was the name of several characters of the Old Testament, including a Prophet titular of the Book of Micah.

  • Moses (Hebrew) - Drawn out of the water [English speaking countries]

    English form of Moshe.

    According to the Bible, Moses was born to a Hebrew mother who protected him during a genocide of all newborn boys, and was adopted into the Egyptian royal family. He later freed the Hebrew slaves, leading them out of

  • Nathaniel (Hebrew) - Gift of god [English speaking countries]

    In the Gospel of John in the Bible, Nathaniel is named as one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. He is not mentioned in any of the other gospels, and so is normally associated with Bartholomew.

    Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist,

  • Nehemiah (Hebrew) - Consoled by God [English speaking countries]

    Nehemiah is a character in the Bible. He organized the rebuilding of Jerusalem following the Babylonian exile. The Book of Nehemiah is a continuation of the works set out in the Book of Ezra.

  • Paul (Latin) - Small; humble [Dutch, English, French and German speaking countries]

    St Paul was an early Christian missionary. Originally a persecutor of Christians named Saul, who witnessed the stoning of Stephen, he was converted whilst on the road to Damascus, prompting a name change. Paul travelled throughout the Mediterranean teachi

  • Peter (Greek) - Stone [Dutch, English, German and Hungarian speaking countries]

    St Peter was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, and became the first pope of the Church. Peter's original name was Simon, but it was changed by Jesus to the Aramaic name Cephas (rock). Peter is the Greek equivalent of Cephas.

    The first R

  • Philip (Greek) - Lover of horses [English speaking countries]

    Anglicised version of the Greek name Philippos.

    St Philip was one of the twelve disciples.

    Philip has long been used as a name in the ruling classes, from the Kings of Macedon (Philip II was the father of Alexander the Great

  • Reuben (Hebrew) - Behold, a son [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Reuben is the transliterated and anglicized form of the Hebrew name Re'uven. In the Bible, Reuben is the oldest son of Jacob and Leah and the founder of the tribe of Reuben.

    Reuben is the name of a British alternative rock band. There is a

  • Samuel (Hebrew) - His name is God [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Samuel was the son of Hannah, a prophet and a judge who anointed Saul as the first king of Israel. Samuel was the 25th most popular boy's name in the US in 2006 and the 8th most popular in the UK.

  • Seth (Hebrew) - Appointed [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    In the Bible, Seth was the son of Adam and Eve, he was born after the murder of Abel by his twin brother Cain. Seth is noted as the son of Adam from whom Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph and consequently David and Jesus are descended. Seth or Set was also an

  • Thaddeus (Aramaic) - Uncertain, perhaps praised or heart [English speaking countries]

    Latin form of Lebbaeus, which is of uncertain origin but is possibly Aramaic (possibly meaning praised or heart) and a variant of the Greek Theodoros/Theodotos (God's gift).
    In the New Testament Thaddeus is listed as one of the apostles, probably e

  • Thomas (Aramaic) - Twin [Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    Thomas has been very popular in the UK for several years, staying at second place in 2007. In the US it ranked 51st. St Thomas was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. He is often known as 'doubting Thomas' as he requires proof of the resurrection of Jes

  • Timothy (Greek) - To honor God, to fear God [English speaking countries]

    St Timothy was a companion of Paul, and the recipient of the two letters to Timothy, contained within the New Testament.

    The name has been borne by James Bond actor Timothy Dalton, 'The Goodies' comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor and actor Timothy

  • Titus (Latin) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    A Roman praenomen (given name), possibly related to Latin titulus "title of honour".

    Romans bearing the name Titus include Emperor Titus Flavius Vespasianus, who reigned between the years 79 and 81, and Titus Livius - the historian who is m

Female Names
  • Abigail (Hebrew) - Father in rejoicing [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Abigail was an Old Testament character who saved her negligent husband from the wrath of King David. After her husband's death, she later married David. David's sister was also named Abigail.

    Abigail was quite commonly used in English-sp

  • Damaris (Greek) - Calf [English speaking countries]

    Damaris appears in Acts 17.34 in the Bible.

  • Delilah (Hebrew) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    A Biblical name of uncertain origin. Delilah may come from the Hebrew 'dal' meaning "weak, poor", or maybe from the words meaning "hair" or "slender; delicate". In the Old Testament, Delilah was the Philistine woman who betrayed Samson by cutting off his

  • Edna (Gaelic) - Kernel; nut [English speaking countries]

    Derived from the Hebrew, Edna is found in the apocryphal book Tobit, as the name of the mother of Sarah and stepmother of Tobias.

    Edna is also an anglicized form of Irish Eithne.

  • Elizabeth (Hebrew) - My God is a vow [English, Greek and Hebrew speaking countries]

    From Elisabet, the Greek form of the Hebrew name Elisheva meaning "my God is a vow".
    In the Old Testament, Elisheva is the wife of Aaron.
    In the New Testament, the name is borne by a kinswoman of the Virgin Mary and mother of John the Bapti

  • Eve (Hebrew) - Life [English and French speaking countries]

    From the Hebrew name Chava, which was derived from the Hebrew word Chai "life". In the Genesis, Eve was the first woman, wife of Adam and "the mother of all that lives". It is her role as a mother that is put forward in this name.

    Eve is al

  • Hannah (Hebrew) - Grace; favour [English speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Hannah was the mother of the prophet Samuel. She had been unable to bear her husband Elkanah a child, and so prayed at the temple that if God gave her a son then she would give him up to be a priest. When the child, Samuel, was born,

  • Joanna (Hebrew) - God is gracious [English speaking countries]

    From the Latin and Greek form Ioanna. In the New Testament, the name is borne by a woman who was one of Jesus's followers.

    Other famous Joannas include actress Joanna Lumley and author Joanna Trollope.

    'Joanna' is cockney rh

  • Judith (Hebrew) - Of Judea [English and German speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Judith was the wife of Esau, who was a son of Isaac and Rebecca.

    The Book of Judith is an Apocryphal book of the Bible, meaning that it is not always contained in Bibles as it's reliability and accuracy has been ques

  • Leah (Hebrew) - Weary [English speaking countries]

    This name may also be taken from the Hebrew word meaning "wild cow" or "gazelle".

    Biblically, Leah is the wife of Jacob and the older sister of Rachel. Jacob laboured for seven years for Leah's father Laban to win Rachel's hand. On his wed

  • Lydia (Germanic) - Noble kind; of the noble sort [English speaking countries]

    Lydia is the name of a historic region of Asia Minor, that included Troy and Ephesus. Lydia is also the name of a purple goods seller, in the Bible. She is considered the first European convert to Christianity. She was living in Thyatira which was on the

  • Madeleine (Hebrew) - From Magdala [English and French speaking countries]

    French cognate of Magdalene, also in common use in English-speaking countries.

    A madeleine is a famous sort of French butter cookie or cake. Several French communes and geographical features are named Madeleine after Mary Magdalene.

  • Mariah (Hebrew) - Uncertain, maybe bitter [English speaking countries]

    The pronunciation of our modern "Mariah" was actually a common pronunciation of the name "Maria" in nineteenth-century England. This alternate spelling has retained the nineteenth-century pronunciation. The "h" was probably added to appear more Biblical

  • Mary (Hebrew) - Bitter [English speaking countries]

    Originally a Middle English Anglicized form of the French "Marie," derived from the Latin "Maria," and ultimately from the Hebrew name of uncertain origin "Miryam".

    This is the New Testament form of Miriam, which St. Jerome derives from ele

  • Miriam (Hebrew) - Uncertain, maybe bitter [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Miriam is the form of the Hebrew Miryam most commonly found in English. In the Old Testament Miriam was the sister of Moses and Aaron.

    Its meaning is disputed. It may come from the Hebrew 'leharim' (to raise), thus giving "she who raises".

  • Naomi (Hebrew) - Beautiful, pleasant, delightful [English, Hebrew and Japanese speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Naomi was the mother-in-law of Ruth.

    The name is borne by supermodel Naomi Campbell, actress Naomi Watts and journalist Naomi Klein.

    It is noted by some playground-goers that "Naomi" spells "I moan" bac

  • Rebecca (Hebrew) - To tie [English speaking countries]

    Sometimes touted as meaning 'to tie/to bind' or 'heifer', this name is of doubtful meaning and probably has its roots in Aramaic. The Biblical Rebecca was the wife of Isaac in the Old Testament and the mother of Jacob and Esau.

    This is al

  • Ruth (Hebrew) - Friend [English and German speaking countries]

    Of uncertain etymology, most think it is derived from a contraction of the Hebrew re'uth ("companion, friend"). The name is borne in the Bible by the wife of Mahlon and daughter-in-law of Naomi. After the death of her husband, father-in-law, and brother-i

  • Sara (Hebrew) - Princess [Danish, English, Hindi and Spanish speaking countries]

    Variant of Sarah. Sara may also be a Sanskrit male name [sah-ruh] meaning "the Essence."

    Sara Lee is a food company that specialises in frozen and packaged foods. Sara Ramírez is an actress, and Sara Evans is a country singer-songwriter.

  • Sarah (Hebrew) - Princess [English, French, German, Hebrew, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Sarah was the wife of Abraham, and the mother of Isaac.
    Her name was first Sarai ("my princess"), which God changed to Sarah ("princess") as her descendants were to be the future nation of Israel.

    Famous bearer

Gender Neutral Names
  • Gabriel (Hebrew) - God is my might [English and Norwegian speaking countries]

    In the Old and New Testament, the angel Gabriel makes several appearances; he is the angel who informs Mary that she will give birth to Jesus. According to Hebrew tradition, Gabriel is one of the seven archangels.

    Bearers include Columbia