Ezra Name Meaning

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What Does Ezra Mean?

Ezra is a biblical name meaning “help” or “helper” in Hebrew. The Ezra of the Bible was a Jewish priest who helped reintroduce the Torah to the Jewish people who escaped captivity in Babylon.

If you’re looking for a name that isn’t especially common, yet is a strong, time-honored name for a boy, Ezra is a worthy choice.

  • Origin: Ezra comes from the Hebrew word azar meaning “help,” “aid,” or “protect.” The original long form of the name may have been Azaryahu, meaning “God helps” or “God protects.” 
  • Gender: Ezra is traditionally a masculine name. Ezri has been used as a feminine variant. 
  • Pronunciation: EZ-rah

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular Is the Name Ezra?

The name Ezra has gained popularity in recent years, becoming one of the top 100 boy names in the U.S. for the first time in 2015. Based on the U.S. Social Security Administration's 2020 baby name ranking, Ezra is the 44th most popular baby boy name in the country. Though it is becoming steadily more popular, you probably won’t have to worry about your child having two or three other Ezras in their class.

Name Variations

As the Bible has been translated into about 700 languages, there are multiple forms of the name Ezra. Greek and Latin editions of the Bible use the form Esdras. The Q’uran, written in Arabic, refers to the biblical Ezra as Uzair.

Other variations include:

  • Azra
  • Esra
  • Esrah
  • Ezera
  • Ezrah

Similar Names

Esra is sometimes seen as a variant spelling of Ezra; however, Esra is also a common feminine name in Turkey, derived from an Arabic word meaning “traveler at night.”

The name Eleazar comes from the Hebrew El (God) plus the same Hebrew word azar (helper) from which Ezra is derived.

Other boy names starting with E:

  • Edgar
  • Edison
  • Eduardo
  • Eli
  • Elijah
  • Elvin
  • Emmet
  • Ender
  • Eric
  • Evan
  • Ewan
  • Ezekiel

Other boy names from the Old Testament:

  • Adam
  • Benjamin
  • David
  • Ephraim
  • Ira
  • Jonah
  • Jordan
  • Levi
  • Nathan
  • Noah
  • Reuben
  • Samson
  • Samuel

Suggested Sibling Names

  • Alexander
  • Gideon
  • Jesse
  • Milo
  • Oliver
  • Peter
  • Simon
  • Abigail
  • Hannah
  • Joanna
  • Naomi
  • Rebecca
  • Ruth
  • Sasha

Famous People Named Ezra

  • Ezra Ames, American portrait painter of the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Ezra Taft Benson, a U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and president of the Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) Church
  • Ezra Butler, American clergyman, lawyer, judge, and the 11th governor of Vermont
  • Ezra Cline, American bluegrass musician, member of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
  • Ezra Cornell, American businessman and co-founder of Cornell University
  • Ezra Dean, U.S. representative from Ohio
  • Ezra Fitch, American businessman, co-founder of Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Ezra Bartlett French, U.S. representative from Maine
  • Ezra Furman, American songwriter and musician
  • Ezra Jack Keats, American author and illustrator, known for picture books such as "A Snowy Day" and "Peter’s Chair"
  • Ezra Kendall, American actor, comedian, and author
  • Ezra Klein, American blogger and political journalist, co-founder of the website Vox
  • Ezra Manning Meeker, American pioneer
  • Ezra Miller, American actor, known for playing Credence Barebone in the "Fantastic Beasts" film series, and the Flash/Barry Allen in "Justice League"
  • Ezra Nawi, Israeli peace activist
  • Ezra T. Newman, American physicist, known for his contributions to general relativity theory
  • Ezra Pound, American poet, a major figure in the early modernist poetry movement
  • Ezra Solomon, American economist, member of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Nixon
  • Ezra Stiles, American educator and president of Yale College
  • Ezra Stoller, American architectural photographer
  • Ezra Vogel, American scholar of East Asia

Here's an additional fun fact: The American alt-rock band Better Than Ezra derived its name from a line in Ernest Hemingway’s memoir "A Moveable Feast" which states “...no worse than other noises, certainly better than Ezra learning to play the bassoon.”

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  1. Social Security Administration. Popularity of name Ezra

  2. Bible Society. Full Bible translations tops 700 languages for first time. Updated August 2020.