100 Biblical Baby Names

Learn the meaning and origins of popular biblical baby names

You will find both classic and unusual baby names in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. They carry a history that can be appealing to have as part of your own child's story. If the meaning behind a name matters to you, be sure to look up the stories associated with these names before bestowing them on your newborn.

While some of the meanings are quite noble ("great warrior") or lovely ("full of grace"), others are a bit less so ("palm tree"). Because it is thought of as the "Christian Bible," New Testament names tend to be more popular in modern America. But that doesn't mean you won't come across some more unusual options.

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Popular Biblical Names for Girls

Consider these popular or unique Biblical baby names for girls, along with their meanings, origins, popularity in the top 1,000 list of girl names, and other interesting information.

Abigail

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: My father's joy
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Abbigail, Abigal, Abby, Abbie, Gail
  • Famous Namesakes: First Lady Abigail Adams, advice columnist Abigail van Buren, actress Abigail Breslin
  • Peak Popularity: Abigail rose tremendously in popularity from 1970 to the present day. After ranking at an average of 42nd in the 1990s, it has been in the top 10 names since 2009.

Fun Fact: Abigail was an educated, wealthy, and beautiful woman who is regarded as one of the few female prophets of the Old Testament. She successfully instigated a plan to prevent bloodshed between her husband, Nabal, and King David.

Ada

  • Origin: Hebrew, German
  • Meaning: Noble, happy, adorned (German)
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Adah, Aada
  • Famous Namesakes: Scientist Ada Lovelace, religious figure St. Ada
  • Peak Popularity: Ada was in the top 100 names in the 1800s and then fell out of favor. It had a resurgence in the 2000s and now ranks in the top 500.

Fun Fact: Adah is seen as a name twice in Genesis. In the 1800s, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, is considered to be the first computer programmer. The Ada computer programming language is named in her honor.

Anna

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Favor, grace
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ana, Ann, Anne, Annika, Annette, Hannah, Ona
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Anna Kendrick, dancer Anna Pavlova
  • Peak Popularity: Anna was the second most popular girl's name in the 1800s. It dipped in popularity but remains in the top 100. The variation Hannah became very popular in the 1990s, reaching the top 11, but has fallen to the top 30.

Fun Fact: Hannah appears in the Old Testament as the wife of Elkanah. In the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament, Anna is a prophetess in the Temple who preaches to everyone there that the child Jesus will redeem Jerusalem.

Bethany

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: House of figs, house of affliction
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Betheny, Bethenny
  • Famous Namesakes: TV personality Bethenny Frankel, surfer Bethany Hamilton
  • Peak Popularity: Bethany was in the top 100 for girls names in the 1980s, reaching its peak in 1987. It has since dropped into the top 500.

Fun Fact: Bethany was a town at the foot of the Mount of Olives where Jesus stayed the week prior to his crucifixion with Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus who was raised from the dead.

Candace

  • Origin: Ethiopian
  • Meaning: Queen, pure
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Candy, Candice
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Candace Cameron Bure, commenator Candace Owens, basketball player Candace Parker
  • Peak Popularity: Candace was a rare name until the 1970s through 1990s when it rose in popularity to a peak at 119 in the 1980s. It has since dropped significantly.

Fun Fact: Candace makes an appearance as the queen of the Ethiopians in Acts. The apostle Philip converts and baptizes her chief of the treasury.

Chloe

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: New growth
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cloe, Chloë, Cloie, Cloey, Chloie, Kloe, Khloe, Khloé, Khloey
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Chloë Grace Moretz, media personality Khloé Kardashian
  • Peak Popularity: A relatively rare name until the 1990s, Chloe peaked as the ninth most popular girl's name in 2009 and has since dropped into the top 20.

Fun Fact: Chloe is mentioned in 1 Corinthians as a leading early Christian woman in Corinth, Greece, where the name was popular in ancient times as well as today.

Damaris

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Gentle
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Damaras, Demaris
  • Famous Namesakes: TV chef Damaris Phillips, model Damaris Lewis
  • Peak Popularity: Damaris is a relatively rare name, peaking at a rank of 843 in the 1990s and falling out of the top 1,000 after that.

Fun Fact: Damaris is mentioned in Acts of the Apostles as being a Christian convert in Athens.

Deborah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Bee
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Debra, Debbora, Debora, Devora, Devorah, Debbi, Debby, Deb
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Debbie Reynolds, singer Debbie Harry, journalist Deborah Norville
  • Peak Popularity: Hugely popular as a name in the 1950s and 1960s when it ranked as high as fifth, it fell sharply through the end of the century and in 2017 it was at number 774.

Fun Fact: Two Deborahs make an appearance in the Bible. In Genesis, Deborah is the nurse of Rebecca. In the Book of Judges, Deborah is a heroic prophetess who forms an army to combat the Canaanites.

Delilah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Temptress
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Delila
  • Famous Namesakes: Delilah Hamlin (daughter of actors Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna)
  • Peak Popularity: Delilah was rare until the early 2000s. It has shot up to 102 in 2017.

Fun Fact: Delilah is a villain in the Book of Judges, where she gets mighty Samson to tell her that the source of his strength is his hair. Then she has his hair cut and he is turned over to the Philistines.

Dinah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Judged
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dina
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer and TV host Dinah Shore, singer Dinah Jane
  • Peak Popularity: Dinah was most popular in the 1950s, ranking at 532. It dropped out of the top 1,000 by the 1970s.

Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Dinah is the daughter of Jacob and Leah. Her abduction and rape led to retribution of the crime by her two older brothers.

Elizabeth

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: My God is an oath
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Alizabeth, Elisabeth, Elysabeth, Elyse, Elyssa, Elyza, Lilabet, Lilibet, Lizbeth, Liz, Betty, Betsy, Bessy, Libby
  • Famous Namesakes: Queen Elizabeth I and II, actress Elizabeth Taylor, poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, pioneering physician Elizabeth Blackwell
  • Peak Popularity: Elizabeth is perennially in the top 15 names for girls. The highest placement in the past 20 years was ninth in 2008.

Fun Fact: The name Elizabeth appears in the Gospel of Luke. In the 1800s, Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. She overcame many obstacles and, along with her sister who was also a physician, opened a medical college in New York City.

Esther

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: Star
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Estée, Ester, Ettie, Hester, Hettie
  • Famous Namesakes: Swimmer Esther Williams, actress Esther Rolle, journalist and philanthropist Esther Dyson
  • Peak Popularity: Esther was a very popular name in the late 1800s, ranking as high as 37. It dropped significantly but has been rising in popularity and is now in the top 200.

Fun Fact: Queen Esther of Persia has an entire book of the Hebrew Bible named after her, and the annual feast of Purim is in memory of how she was able to prevent the slaughter of Jews in Persia.

Eunice

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Good victory
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Unice, Eunike, Eunika
  • Famous Namesakes: Philanthropist Eunice Kennedy Shriver
  • Peak Popularity: Eunice was last popular in the early 1900s when it ranked at 114. It hasn't been in the top 1,000 since the 1980s.

Fun Fact: In the New Testament, Eunice was the mother of Timothy, who evangelized with Paul.

Eve

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Giver of life
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Eva
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Eve Arden, rapper Eve (Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper)
  • Peak Popularity: Eve only ranks in the top 500, but has been increasing a bit in popularity since 2010.

Fun Fact: Eve is the first woman, and therefore the first female name mentioned in the Bible.

Hagar

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Flight
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hagir, Hajar, Agar
  • Famous Namesakes: Spokesperson Hagar Chemali
  • Peak Popularity: Hagar has never been in the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: Hagar was the servant of Sarah and was given to Abraham so he could have a child. Her son, Ishmael, is honored in Islam as an ancestor of Muhammad. Her search for water when abandoned by Abraham is reenacted as part of the Hajj pilgrimage. An angel caused water to spring out at what is now the Zamzam Well, next to the Kaaba in Mecca.

Jael

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Ibex
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Iael, Yael
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Yael Grobglas, model Jael Strauss
  • Peak Popularity: Jael and Yael remains a rare name and has never been in the top 1,000 for girls.

Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, after Deborah defeats the Canaanite army, its captain takes refuge in the tent of Heber the Kenite, whose wife Jael kills the captain with a tent peg.

Jemimah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Dove
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jemima, Yemimah, Gemima, Jamima, Jemma, Gemma
  • Famous Namesakes: Model Gemma Ward
  • Peak Popularity: Jemimah is not among the top 1,000 names, but Gemma rose to the top 250 in 2017 and Jemma was in the top 700.

Fun Fact: Jemimah was one of the three daughters of Job. The name is no longer used in the U.S. due to the association with Aunt Jemima, as it is considered racially offensive. The diminutives are used instead.

Joanna

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Joan, Joann, Joanne, Johanna, Jane, Jean, Jeanne
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Joanne Woodward, comedian Joan Rivers, St. Joan of Arc
  • Peak Popularity: Joanna reached a peak at 182 in the 1970s. It has since declined to the top 300.

Fun Fact: In the Gospel of Luke, Joanna is one of the women who discovers that Jesus' tomb is empty when she and Mary Magdalene come to anoint the body.

Judith

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Praised, woman from Judea
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Judithe, Judyth, Judy, Judi, Jodi, Jodie, Giulia
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Judy Garland, astronaut Judith Resnik, author Judy Blume
  • Peak Popularity: The peak of popularity was in 1940 when it was the fourth most common name. It is now barely hanging on in the top 1,000, ranking in the 800 to 1,000 spot for the past 20 years.

Fun Fact: Judith is the heroine of the Book of Judith, which is included in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Old Testament, but not in the Protestant Bible. She is a daring widow who infiltrates the camp of Assyrian general Holofernes and decapitates him, saving Israel.

Kezia

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Cinnamon
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kasia, Ketziah, Keshia, Keisha, Keshea
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam
  • Peak Popularity: Kezia remains a rare name and has never been in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Kezia was the second of the three daughters of Job born after the end of his suffering.

Leah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Weary
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lee, Leigh, Lia, Lea, Leea, Leeah, Liah
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Lea Thompson, author Leah Remini, singer Lea Salonga
  • Peak Popularity: Leah reached number 24 in 2009.

Fun Fact: Leah was the first wife of Jacob and six of her sons became leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel.

Lois

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Famous warrior
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Louise, Loisa, Loise, Loisse, Loyce, Loys
  • Famous Namesakes: Fictional character Lois Lane
  • Peak Popularity: Lois was last popular in 1929 when it ranked 17. It dropped steadily until it no longer made the top 1,000 by the 1980s.

Fun Fact: In the New Testament, Lois was the grandmother of Timothy, who evangelized with Paul.

Lydia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Intelligent
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lidia, Lydea, Lyda, Lidiya
  • Famous Namesakes: Model Lydia Hearst
  • Peak Popularity: Lydia is regaining the popularity it had in the late 1800s and ranked at 81 in 2015.

Fun Fact: In the New Testament, Lydia was a woman who Paul converted to Christianity.

Maria

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Bitterness, rebellion
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Marea, Mariah, Marian, Marianne, Malia (same root as Mary)
  • Famous Namesakes: Journalist Maria Shriver, educator Maria Montessori, Queen Maria Theresa
  • Peak Popularity: Maria is a perennial favorite that topped at number 40 in 2002 and since has dropped out of the top 100.

Fun Fact: Maria is the usual form of the name Mary, and is used in most European languages.

Mary

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Bitterness, rebellion
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maria, Marie, Maree, Marea, Mariah, Mariam, Mari, Merri, Merrie, Merry, Maryam, Miryam, Miriam, Mia, Mara, Marah
  • Famous Namesakes: Queen Mary, actress Mary Tyler Moore, author Mary Shelley, gymnast Mary Lou Retton
  • Peak Popularity: Mary ranked number one in 1922, but has fallen to number 126.

Fun Fact: Mary is an English form of Maria. In the New Testament, it is the name of the mother of Jesus, follower Mary Magdalene, and Mary of Bethany who hosted Jesus in her home.

Mia

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Bitterness, rebellion
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Mia is from the same root as Mary and Maria.
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Mia Farrow
  • Peak Popularity: Mia has skyrocketed from nowhere in the 1960s to be the sixth most popular name in 2017.

Fun Fact: Mia is the diminutive for Maria in German, Dutch, and Scandinavian languages.

Miriam

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Bitterness, rebellion
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Miryam, Maryam, Myriam (same root as Mary and Maria)
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Miriam Makeba, actress Miriam McDonald
  • Peak Popularity: From the same root as Mary, Miriam was at the height of popularity in the 1910s at around 150. It has held steady around 300 for the past 80 years.

Fun Fact: Miriam was the sister of Moses and Aaron and was a teacher and prophetess.

Martha

  • Origin: Aramaic
  • Meaning: The lady
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Marta
  • Famous Namesakes: TV personality Martha Stewart, First Lady Martha Washington
  • Peak Popularity: Martha peaked in the 1880s at number 18. In recent decades it has settled in around number 750.

Fun Fact: Martha and her sister, Mary, hosted Jesus at their home in Bethany. She kept busy cooking and cleaning while Mary sat and was taught by Jesus. She has since been associated with the helping professions.

Michal

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Brook
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Mychal
  • Famous Namesakes: Fashion designer Michal Negrin
  • Peak Popularity: Michal is not found in the top 1,000 girl baby names in the U.S. but it is a popular name in modern-day Israel.

Fun Fact: Pronounced mee CHAL, Michal is the name of Saul's daughter given in marriage to David. She saved him when Saul tried to have him killed.

Naomi

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Pleasant
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Noemie, Noemi
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Naomi Judd, model Naomi Campbell, actress Naomi Watts
  • Peak Popularity: Naomi has been surging in popularity, breaking into the top 100 in 2010 and rising to 69 in 2017.

Fun Fact: Naomi appears as the mother-in-law of Ruth, the great-grandmother of King David. The devotion of Ruth to Naomi is exemplary. Naomi changed her name to Mara (bitter) when her husband and sons died.

Noa

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Movement
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Noa James, Noa Lindberg
  • Peak Popularity: Noa entered the top 1,000 in 2014 and ranks around 725.

Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Noa was one of the five daughters of Zelophehad who successfully argued that they should be able to inherit their father's holdings, even though that was against tradition. Moses ruled that they could do so if they married within their tribe, which as also not customary.

Orpah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Dust; lead; a fawn
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Oprah, Orpha, Ophrah
  • Famous Namesakes: TV host Oprah Winfrey
  • Peak Popularity: Orpah topped out at 304 in the 1880s. None of the variants of Orpah have ranked in the top 1,000 since 1940.

Fun Fact: Orpah was a daughter-in-law of Naomi in the Book of Ruth. Oprah is a variant considered to be a misspelling.

Phoebe

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Shining
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Febe, Phebe
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Phoebe Cates
  • Peak Popularity: Phoebe peaked at 286 in 2015, having risen steadily in popularity since the 1980s.

Fun Fact: Phoebe was a deaconess in the early Christian church, mentioned by Paul in Romans.

Priscilla

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Ancient
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Prisca, Priska, Priscille, Cece, Cissy, Scilla
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Priscilla Presley, author and speaker Priscilla Shirer
  • Peak Popularity: Priscilla has always been in the top 1,000 names, but peaked at 212 in the 1930s. In recent years it has hovered around 500.

Fun Fact: In the New Testament, Priscilla was one of the female leaders of the early Christian church.

Rachel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Ewe
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rachael, Racheal, Rachelle, Rachele, Rahel, Rae
  • Famous Namesakes: Author Rachel Carson, actress Rachel Weisz, political commentator Rachel Maddow
  • Peak Popularity: Rachel was a very popular name in the 1980s and 1990s, when it was always in the top 20. But it has been swiftly falling and in 2017 was at 195.

Fun Fact: In Genesis, Rachel was the favorite wife of Jacob and the mother to Joseph and Benjamin.

Rebecca

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: To join or tie
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rebeccah, Rebeckah, Rebekah, Rebekka, Becca, Becky, Reba
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Rebecca Romijn, writer Rebecca Walker, pioneering African-American physician Rebecca Lee Crumpler
  • Peak Popularity: Rebecca was a very popular name in the 1970s and 1980s, peaking at 13. But it has been falling since the turn of the century and in 2017 was at 126.

Fun Fact: In Genesis, Rebecca was the wife of Isaac and the mother of the twins Esau and Jacob.

Rhoda

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Rose
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rhode
  • Famous Namesakes: Fictional character Rhoda Morgenstern
  • Peak Popularity: Rhoda was last popular in the late 1800s when it was in the top 200 names. It has not been in the top 1,000 since the 1970s.

Fun Fact: In the New Testament, a humorous story is related about a servant girl named Rhoda who was living in the house of the mother of John Mark (the evangelist). When Peter is unexpectedly released from prison, he goes to that house and knocks on the door. Rhoda is so startled to hear he is at the door that she runs to tell her mistress without opening the door.

Ruth

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Friend
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rut, Ruta
  • Famous Namesakes: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, TV personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer, chef and food writer Ruth Reichl
  • Peak Popularity: Ruth was in the top 10 names in the early 1900s. In the 2000s it has been steady at around 300.

Fun Fact: Heroine of the Book of Ruth, Ruth is loyal to her mother-in-law after her husband's death. She is an ancestor of King David.

Salome

  • Origin: Aramaic
  • Meaning: Peace
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Salomea, Salomee
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Salome Jens
  • Peak Popularity: Salome is rarely used as a name, last being in the top 1,000 in the early 1900s.

Fun Fact: There are two Salomes in the New Testament. One is the mother of apostles James and John, who was also one of the three women who discovered that Jesus had risen from the dead. The other was the step-daughter of King Herod who requested that John the Baptist be beheaded.

Sarah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Princess
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sara, Sarai, Sadie, Sally, Sallie, Sarita, Kala, Zaria
  • Famous Namesakes: English royal Sarah Ferguson, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, comedian Sarah Silverman, political influencer Duchess of Marlborough Sarah Churchill
  • Peak Popularity: Sarah has been perpetually in the top 100 names. It peaked in fifth position in 2000. It dropped below 50 in 2017.

Fun Fact: In Genesis, Sarah was the wife of Abraham and the mother of Isaac. God promised they would have children, which made her laugh as she was past menopause and childless. The Bible says she didn't conceive until she was is 90 years old.

Selah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: A musical term
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sela
  • Famous Namesakes: Musician Selah Sue
  • Peak Popularity: Selah is rising in popularity after being unknown in the top 1,000 until 2005. It was at 460 in 2017.

Fun Fact: Selah was not used as a name in the Bible, but it appears dozens of times as a musical notation in Psalms.

Shiloh

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Peaceful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Shilo
  • Famous Namesakes: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (daughter of actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie)
  • Peak Popularity: Shiloh has a high point of 582 in 2017. It was new to the top 1,000 in 2006 when used as a celebrity child's name.

Fun Fact: Shiloh was a place name in the Bible and might refer to the Messiah. In the U.S. it was the site of a major battle of the Civil War.

Susanna 

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Lily
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Susanne, Susannah, Susan, Sue, Susanne, Suzanne, Suzanna, Sanna, Susann, Sukie, Suzie, Zanna, Zuzana
  • Famous Namesakes: Activist Susan B. Anthony, author Sue Grafton, actress Suzanne Pleshette
  • Peak Popularity: Susanna peaked at 650 in the 1970s and is no longer in the top 1,000. But the variant Susan ranked third most popular in the 1960s. Dropping out of the top 500 in the 2000s, it was at 963 in 2017.

Fun Fact: In the Book of Daniel, Susanna is falsely accused of adultery by two men who wished to blackmail her into having sex with them. Before she can be put to death, the prophet Daniel comes to her defense and turns the tables on the accusers.

Tamar

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Palm tree
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tamara, Thamar, Tamra, Tamera, Tammi, Tammie, Tammy
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Tammy Wynette, journalist Tamara Keith
  • Peak Popularity: Tamara peaked at 90 in the 1970s. It dropped out of the top 1,000 in 2010.

Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah and an ancestor of Jesus. She had to concoct a plan to have a child after her first husband died, or the line of Judah would have ended there.

Tabitha

  • Origin: Aramaic
  • Meaning: Gazelle
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tabatha, Tabby, Tibby
  • Famous Namesakes: Inventor Tabitha Babbitt, author Tabitha King, photographer and reporter Tabitha Soren
  • Peak Popularity: Tabitha was the 31st most common name in the U.S. in the early 1700s. It reached 151 in the 1980s, but dropped out of the top 1,000 in 2017.

Fun Fact: In Acts, Peter restores a woman named Tabitha to life. In Greek, her name is Dorcas. The name had a resurgence due to being used as a character name in the television series "Bewitched."

Talitha

  • Origin: Aramaic
  • Meaning: Little girl
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Talita, Thalita
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Talitha Bateman
  • Peak Popularity: Talitha has never been in the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: In the New Testament, Jesus raises a child from the dead, who he calls Talitha.

Vashti

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Unknown
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Astin
  • Famous Namesakes: Track and field athlete Vashti Cunningham
  • Peak Popularity: Vashti has never been in the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: Vashti was the queen of Persia. Esther replaced her as the wife of King Ahasuerus in the Book of Esther. She is a figure in the Purim story. Astin is the Greek version of her name.

Zillah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Shade
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Zilla
  • Peak Popularity: Zillah has never been in the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: In Genesis, Zillah was one of the two wives in the first listed polygamist relationship.

Zilpah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Frailty
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Zilpa
  • Peak Popularity: Zilpah has never been in the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: Zilpah was a slave in the household of Jacob and bore him sons Gad and Asher. She is believed to be buried in the Tomb of the Matriarchs in Tiberias.

Zipporah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Bird
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tzipora, Sepphora, Seffora, Sephora
  • Peak Popularity: Zipporah has never been in the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: Zipporah was the wife of Moses and the daughter of Jethro.

Popular Biblical Names for Boys

These are some of the most popular and unique biblical names for boys, along with their meanings, origins, popularity in the top 1,000 list of boy names, and other interesting information.

Aaron

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: High mountain
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aron, Arron, Arin
  • Famous Namesakes: Vice President Aaron Burr, football player Aaron Rodgers
  • Peak Popularity: Aaron peaked at 31 in the 1990s and has been holding at around 50.

Fun Fact: In Exodus, Aaron was the brother of Moses and acted as his spokesman. He was the first high priest of the Israelites and the priesthood would descend through his line.

Abram

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: High father
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Abraham, Abe, Bram, Avram, Avraham
  • Famous Namesakes: President Abraham Lincoln, psychologist Abraham Maslow
  • Peak Popularity: Abraham peaked at 150 in 2015. Abram was at 375 in 2012.

Fun Fact: God changed Abram's name to Abraham in Genesis. He is regarded as the founder of both the Hebrews through his son Isaac and the Muslims through his son Ishmael.

Adam

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Man
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Adamo
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Adam Levine, comedian Adam Sandler, actor Adam Driver
  • Peak Popularity: Adam topped out at number 22 in the 1980s. It has hovered around 80 in the 2010s.

Fun Fact: Adam is the first human created in Genesis.

Alexander

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Defender of men
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Al, Alec, Alex, Aleksander, Lex, Xander, Zander
  • Famous Namesakes: King Alexander the Great, politician Alexander Hamilton, actor Al Pacino, baseball player Alex Rodriguez, television host Alex Trebec
  • Peak Popularity: Alexander was the fourth most popular name in 2009.

Fun Fact: Although Alexander is a Greek name, there are several men of that name in the New Testament.

Amos

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Strong
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Cognitive and mathematical psychologist Amos Tversky, mechanical engineer Amos Whitney
  • Peak Popularity: Amos was most popular in the late 1800s when it ranked at 121. After dropping almost off the charts, it has been rebounding and was at 672 in 2016.

Fun Fact: Amos was a minor prophet who merited the Old Testament Book of Amos. He spoke out for social justice, especially decrying greed and oppression of the poor.

Andrew

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Manly
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Andreas, Andre, Andres, Andy, Drew
  • Famous Namesakes: Saint Andrew, Prince Andrew, actor Andrew Garfield, President Andrew Jackson, comedian Drew Carey
  • Peak Popularity: Andrew ranked fifth in 2005 at its peak.

Fun Fact: The apostle Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter. He evangelized in the Black Sea region. He was crucified on an X-shaped cross, which is today called the Saltire of St. Andrew and is used on the Scottish flag and the flag of the United Kingdom.

Asher

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Happy, blessed
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aser
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Asher Angel, rapper Asher Roth
  • Peak Popularity: Asher didn't break into the top 1,000 until the 1990s, but it has been skyrocketing. It was at 59 in 2017.

Fun Fact: Asher is the son of Jacob by Zilpah and his tribe is one of the 12 tribes of Israel.

Bartholomew

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Son of Talmai
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bartolomeo, Bartolo, Bartol, Bart, Mees, Mies
  • Famous Namesakes: Bart Simpson (fictional), football player Bart Starr, pirate Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts
  • Peak Popularity: Bart had a high point at 315 in the 1960s and has dropped out of the top 1,000. The full name of Bartholomew has not been in the top 1,000 since 1900.

Fun Fact: Bartholomew was one of the 12 apostles in the New Testament. He is said to have evangelized in India and Armenia before being martyred.

Benjamin

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Son of the right hand
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ben, Benji, Bennie, Benny
  • Famous Namesakes: Inventor, politician, and author Benjamin Franklin, President Benjamin Harrison, actor Ben Affleck
  • Peak Popularity: Benjamin has been a popular name for decades and is at an all-time high in 2017 at number six.

Fun Fact: Benjamin was the youngest of the 12 sons of Jacob, being a full brother to Joseph (by Rachel) and half brother to the others.

Caleb

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Faithful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kaleb, Cal
  • Famous Namesakes: Pepsi inventor and pharmacist Caleb Bradham, singer Caleb Johnson
  • Peak Popularity: Caleb reached a high point in 2009 at number 31.

Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Caleb was sent by Moses to find the land of Canaan.

Daniel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my judge
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Danilo, Dan, Dannie, Danny
  • Famous Namesakes: Pioneer Daniel Boone, actor Daniel Craig, football player Dan Marino
  • Peak Popularity: Daniel was the fifth most popular name in 2008.

Fun Fact: The Book of Daniel is set during the Babylonian captivity of the Jews. Daniel serves in the court of King Nebuchadnezzar and interprets his dreams. An angel helped him survive being thrown into a den of lions.

David

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Beloved
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dave, Davey, Davie, Davy
  • Famous Namesakes: Soccer player David Beckham, singer David Bowie, frontiersman Davy Crockett
  • Peak Popularity: David was the second most popular name in the 1960s. It has ranked in the top 25 throughout the 21st century.

Fun Fact: David was the second king of Israel and established Jerusalem as the capital of the United Kingdom of Israel, after which it was called the City of David.

Elijah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: My God is Yahweh
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Eliya, Elias, Ilias, Eli
  • Famous Namesakes: Inventor Eli Whitney, football player Eli Manning, actor Elijah Wood, religious leader Elijah Muhammad
  • Peak Popularity: Elijah has made a huge resurgence since the 1980s and was the eighth most popular name in 2017.

Fun Fact: Elijah was one of the main prophets of the Old Testament. Rather than dying, he was carried to heaven on a chariot of fire and later appeared to Jesus (along with Moses) during the transfiguration.

Ethan

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Solid, enduring
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Eitan, Eytan
  • Famous Namesakes: Patriot Ethan Allen, actor Ethan Hawke, filmmaker Ethan Coen
  • Peak Popularity: Ethan was the second most popular name in 2009 and 2010.

Fun Fact: Ethan refers to at least six characters in the Old Testament. Ethan the Ezrahite was noted for his wisdom and is said to be the author of Psalm 89.

Ezekiel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God will strengthen
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ezequiel, Zeke
  • Famous Namesakes: Football player Ezekial Elliott
  • Peak Popularity: Ezekiel is rising sharply and reached the top 100 in 2017 at number 82.

Fun Fact: Ezekiel was a prophet in Jerusalem when it was conquered and the nobility was taken into captivity in Babylon. He foresaw the restoration of Israel.

Ezra

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Help
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Esdras, Ezras
  • Famous Namesakes: Poet Ezra Pound
  • Peak Popularity: Ezra has newfound popularity and shot up to number 69 in 2017.

Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, the Book of Ezra tells of Ezra the Scribe who led a group home from the Babylonian exile and was instrumental in reintroducing and enforcing the Torah in Jerusalem.

Felix

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Fortunate
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Composter Felix Mendelssohn, daredevil Felix Baumgartner, Nobel laureate physicist Felix Bloch
  • Peak Popularity: Felix was most popular in the 1880s at 158, but has remained in the top 300.

Fun Fact: In the New Testament, Felix was the Roman procurator of Judea. He served at the trial of the apostle Paul and often sent for Paul to talk with him. However, he left Paul in prison when he left office.

Gabriel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my strong man
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gabe, Gabi, Gavril
  • Famous Namesakes: Musician Gabriel Byrne, author Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Peak Popularity: Gabriel peaked at 21 in 2010.

Fun Fact: Gabriel appears in both the Old and New Testaments as an archangel who was sent with messages from God to Daniel, Zechariah, and Mary.

Gideon

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Feller, hewer
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gedeon
  • Famous Namesakes: Gideon Welles, Gideon Emery
  • Peak Popularity: Gideon has newfound popularity and has risen to number 304 in 2017.

Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Gideon was a military leader chosen by God. He devised a clever plan to overcome a superior Midianite force by tricking them into thinking they had far more troops.

Isaac

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: He will laugh
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ike, Isaak, Itzhak, Yitzhak
  • Famous Namesakes: Natural philosopher Isaac Newton, musician Isaac Stern, author Isaac Asimov, politician Yitzhak Rabin
  • Peak Popularity: Isaac peaked at number 29 in 2013.

Fun Fact: Isaac was born to Abraham and Sarah when she was 90 years old. God then tested Abraham's faith by commanding him to sacrifice Isaac but stayed his hand at the last moment.

Isaiah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: The salvation of the Lord
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Isiah, Isaias, Esaias, Isaija
  • Famous Namesakes: Basketball player Isaiah Thomas, actor Isaiah Washington, football playre and personality Isaiah Mustafa
  • Peak Popularity: Isaiah peaked at 39 in 2006.

Fun Fact: Isaiah was one of the four major prophets of the Old Testament and was ascribed the authorship of the Book of Isaiah.

Jacob

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Supplanter
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jaycob, Jakob, Jake, Jeb, Jacques, Coby, Kobe, Koby
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, boxer Jake LaMotta, basketball player Kobe Bryant, politician Jacob K. Javits
  • Peak Popularity: Jacob peaked in first place from 2000 to 2012.

Fun Fact: Jacob came to be called Israel and his 12 sons formed the 12 tribes of Israel.

James

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Supplanter
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jaymes, Jay, Jim, Jae, Jimmie, Jimmy
  • Famous Namesakes: King James, President James A. Garfield, singer James Brown
  • Peak Popularity: James was the most popular name for baby boys in the 1940s. It is in fourth place in 2017.

Fun Fact: James is a Greek version of Jacob. Two of the 12 apostles were named James.

Jason

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: He that cures
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jayceon, Jayson, Jay, Jayce, Jae, Jaxon, Jaxson
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Jason Statham, actor Jason Momoa, singer Jason Mraz
  • Peak Popularity: Jason was the third most popular name for boys in the 1970s.

Fun Fact: In the New Testament, Jason was an early Jewish convert to Christianity.

Jeremiah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Yahweh will exalt
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jeremias, Jeremy, Jerry
  • Famous Namesakes: Philosopher Jeremy Bentham
  • Peak Popularity: Jeremiah reached number 51 in 2010 and 2011. The variation Jeremy hit number 26 in the 1970s.

Fun Fact: Jeremiah was one of the major prophets of the Old Testament. He was the author of the Book of Jeremiah, the Books of Kings, and the Book of Lamentations. He lived to see the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple of Solomon.

Jesse

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Gift
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jessie, Jess
  • Famous Namesakes: Outlaw Jesse James, athlete Jesse Owens
  • Peak Popularity: Jesse was most popular at number 28 in the 1880s and again at number 49 in the 1980s.

Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Jesse was the father of David, who became the second king of Israel.

John

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: The grace of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ian, John, Johan, Johannes, Jonathan, Jonathon
  • Famous Namesakes: President John Adams, King John, President John F. Kennedy
  • Peak Popularity: John was the number one name in 1910. It was at number 27 in 2017.

Fun Fact: John can trace back to Jonathan in the Old Testament, but also to John the Baptist and John the apostle in the New Testament.

Jonah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Dove
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jonas, Ionas, Yonah
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Jonah Hill, medical researcher Jonas Salk
  • Peak Popularity: Jonas peaked at number 128 in 2012.

Fun Fact: Jonah was a prophet who tried to get out of preaching by boarding a boat, but when a storm came up he was tossed overboard and then swallowed by a large fish. Deposited alive, he finally did as he had been commanded by God.

Joshua

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is salvation
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Josh, Jesus, Yshua
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Josh Hutcherson, Civil War general and politician Joshua Chamberlain
  • Peak Popularity: Joshua peaked in third place in 2002 through 2006.

Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Joshua became the leader of the Israelites when Moses died.

Joseph

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: He will add
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jose, Yousef, Yosef, Josef, Giuseppe, Jo, Joe, Joey
  • Famous Namesakes: Chief Joseph, Vice President Joe Biden, author Joseph Conrad, boxer Joe Frazier
  • Peak Popularity: Joseph peaked in fifth place in the 1910s. In recent decades, it was in sixth position in 2003.

Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Joseph was the 11th son of Jacob. In the New Testament, Joseph was the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus.

Levi

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Joined
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lev
  • Famous Namesakes: Inventor Levi Strauss, cyclist Levi Leipheimer, Levi businessman Ziegler Leiter, football player Levi Wallace
  • Peak Popularity: Levi is increasingly popular, peaking at 37 in 2017.

Fun Fact: Levi was the third son of Jacob and his tribe became the priestly class of the Israelites.

Luke

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: From Lucania
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lucas, Luc
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Luke Perry, singer Luke Bryan
  • Peak Popularity: Luke peaked at 28 in 2015.

Fun Fact: Luke was a doctor who traveled with the apostle Paul. Traditionally, he is said to have written the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.

Mark

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Polite, shining
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Marcus, Marko, Markus
  • Famous Namesakes: Author Mark Twain, actor Mark Hamill, entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg
  • Peak Popularity: Mark peaked in sixth position in the 1960s. It has since fallen to 203 in 2017.

Fun Fact: Mark is ascribed as the author of the second gospel and is the patron saint of Venice.

Matthew

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Mathew, Matt, Matthias, Matteo
  • Famous Namesakes: Commodore Matthew C. Perry, actor Matthew McConaughey, football player Matthew Stafford
  • Peak Popularity: Matthew peaked in third place in the 1980s through 2001.

Fun Fact: Matthew was a tax collector called to be one of the apostles and is ascribed the authorship of the first gospel. The variation Matthias is the name of another apostle.

Michael

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Who is like God?
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Micheal, Mikael, Michal, Mike, Mick, Mickey, Miguel, Mikhail
  • Famous Namesakes: Basketball player Michael Jordan, singer Mick Jagger, actor Michael Caine
  • Peak Popularity: Michael was the top name for boys from the 1960s until the end of the 20th century.

Fun Fact: Archangel Michael appears in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament and as the leader of the heavenly army in the Book of Revelation in the New Testament.

Nathan

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: He gave
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Natan, Nate, Nathaniel, Nathanael
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Nathan Lane, figure skater Nathan Chen
  • Peak Popularity: Nathan peaked at 21 in 2008.

Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Nathan was a prophet in King David's court. He reprimanded David for committing adultery with Bathsheba.

Noah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Rest, repose
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Noe
  • Famous Namesakes: Author Noah Webster, actor Noah Wyle
  • Peak Popularity: Noah was the most popular name for boys in 2013 to 2016.

Fun Fact: In Genesis, Noah builds an ark to rescue his family and two animals of each species from the Great Flood. He made a covenant with God that this would never happen again, and the rainbow is the sign of that deal.

Paul

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Small
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Pauwel, Paulus, Pavel, Paulo, Pablo
  • Famous Namesakes: Artist Pablo Picasso, economist Paul Krugman, actor Paul Newman, singer Paul McCartney
  • Peak Popularity: Paul ranked from 14 to 17 in the first half of the 20th century, but fell below the top 100 in the 21st century.

Fun Fact: Paul was the name given to Saul of Tarsis when he converted to Christianity. He wrote many of the epistles that form books of the New Testament.

Peter

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Stone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Piers, Petrus, Pete, Piet, Pedro, Pietro, Pierre
  • Famous Namesakes: Basketball player Pete Maravich, journalist Peter Jennings, singer Peter Gabriel, artist Peter Paul Rubens, actor Peter Dinklage
  • Peak Popularity: Peter was ranked 39 in the 1950s, but has fallen to 213 in 2017.

Fun Fact: Jesus gave his apostle Simon the name Peter, which means rock, and said he would build his church upon that rock. From this, Peter was considered the first leader (or pope) of the Christian church.

Philip

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Lover of horses
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Phillip, Filip, Phil, Felipe, Filippo
  • Famous Namesakes: Author Philip K. Dick, Prince Philip, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Peak Popularity: Philip reached a high of 57 in the 1940s but had declined to 425 in 2017.

Fun Fact: Philip was one of the 12 apostles in the New Testament.

Reuben

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Behold a son
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ruben, Reuven
  • Famous Namesakes: Author and chess grandmaster Reuben Fine, labor organizer Reuben G. Soderstrom
  • Peak Popularity: Reuben was most popular in the 1880s when it ranked 178. It is barely hanging on in the top 1,000 at 906 in 2017.

Fun Fact: Reuben was the oldest son of Jacob and the patriarch of one of the 12 tribes of Israel.

Samuel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Heard of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sam, Sammy, Sami, Ismaiel, Ismael, Ismail, Ishmael
  • Famous Namesakes: Politician Sam Houston, actor Sam Shepard, writer Samuel Beckett, singer Sam Cooke
  • Peak Popularity: Always in the top 50, Samuel has been peaking at 21 in 2016 and 2017.

Fun Fact: Samuel was the last of the judges who ruled Israel, anointing Saul as the first king and David as the second king.

Seth

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Appointed
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Seth Rogen, basketball player Seth Curry
  • Peak Popularity: Seth peaked in 90th place in the 1990s.

Fun Fact: In Genesis, Seth was the third son of Adam and Eve and was the ancestor of Noah.

Silas

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Of the wood
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Silvanus, Silvano, Si
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Silas Weir Mitchell, author Silas House, Silas Timberlake (son of singer Justin Timberlake and actress Jessica Biel)
  • Peak Popularity: Silas was rare until it skyrocketed in the 2010s and its peak year so far was at 116 in 2013.

Fun Fact: Silas was an early Christian leader who accompanied Paul on his missionary journeys. He is a co-author of the letters to the Thessalonians.

Simon

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: He heard
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Simeon, Shimon
  • Famous Namesakes: TV personality Simon Cowell, actor Simon Pegg, Simon Bolivar
  • Peak Popularity: Simon peaked at 231 in 2014.

Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Simon (spelled Simeon) was the second son of Jacob. In the New Testament, it was the name of the leading apostle of Jesus, to whom Jesus gave the name Peter.

Solomon

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Peaceful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sol, Salomon, Shalom, Slomo, Sulaiman
  • Famous Namesakes: Author Solomon Northrup, singer Solomon Burke, art collector Solomon R. Guggenheim, Süleyman the Magnificent
  • Peak Popularity: Solomon has had a resurgence and peaked at 367 in 2016, but was more popular in the 1910s at 261.

Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Solomon was the son of King David and Bathsheba. As king of Israel, Solomon was known for his wisdom and he is ascribed authorship of the Book of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon.

Stephen

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Crown
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Steven, Stefan, Steffan, Esteban, Steve
  • Famous Namesakes: Comedian Stephen Fry, composer Stephen Sondheim, physicist Stephen Hawking, author Stephen King, wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
  • Peak Popularity: Stephen was most popular in the 1940s through the 1960s when it ranked in the top 25. Since 2000, it has dropped out of the top 100 and continues a downward slide, ranking at 271 in 2017.

Fun Fact: Saint Stephen was Christianity's first martyr. In Acts, he was stoned to death.

Thomas

  • Origin: Aramaic
  • Meaning: Twin
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tomas, Thom, Tommy, Toma
  • Famous Namesakes: Inventor Thomas Edison, President Thomas Jefferson, theologian St. Thomas Aquinas, football player Tom Brady, baseball player Tom Seaver, actor Tom Hanks, singer Tom Petty
  • Peak Popularity: Thomas was in the top 10 names from 1880 through the 1960s. While it has dropped a bit, it is still in the top 50 as of 2017.

Fun Fact: In the New Testament, Thomas was one of the apostles. He doubted that Jesus had risen from the dead and required proof when Jesus appeared. Tradition says that he evangelized in India, where he was martyred.

Timothy

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Honoring God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tim, Timoteo
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Timothy Olyphant, football player Tim Tebow, filmmaker Tim Burton, singer Tim McGraw, business leader Tim Cook, computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee
  • Peak Popularity: Timothy ranked at 13 in the 1960s. By 2015 it had fallen out of the top 150.

Fun Fact: In the New Testament, Timothy accompanied Paul in his journeys, and two of Paul's epistles were written to him. He was martyred at Ephesus.

Zechariah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God remembers
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Zachariah, Zachary, Zachery, Zach, Zac, Zak, Zacharias
  • Famous Namesakes: President Zachary Taylor, actor Zachary Quinto
  • Peak Popularity: Zachary was a very popular name in the 1990s through 2000 when it peaked at number 15. It fell out of the top 100 in 2017.

Fun Fact: Zechariah is a prophet and book of the Old Testament and the name appears as that of the father of John the Baptist in the New Testament. Zachary is the English form.

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