Biblical Boy Names That Have Stood the Test of Time

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There are few books that contain as many rich, meaningful stories as the Bible — and many people around the world faithfully study its tales of miracles, catastrophes, and the overall creation of mankind. So what could be better than choosing your baby boy’s name from a book that means so much to people globally? From Jesus to Noah, here are some biblical boy names that have definitely stood the test of time.


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: high mountain, lofty, or inspired.

In the Bible, Aaron was Moses’ older brother as well as Israel’s first high priest. He is remembered for his staff which blossomed miraculously during the Plagues of Egypt.


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: father of a multitude.

Abraham was the first of the Old Testament patriarchs. According to the Bible, God appointed Abraham to be the father of the Hebrew nation.


Origin: Greek; Meaning: one who carries Christ.

Christopher is the patron saint of travellers, who was said to have carried the Christ-child across a river.


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: God is my judge.

The prophet and writer of the Book of Daniel was carried off to Babylon, and then rescued from lions by Jeremiah.


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: dearly loved.

The biblical David battled and defeated Goliath the giant and later became the King of Israel and author of the Book of Psalms.


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: strong, firm.

While the name Ethan appears in the Bible eight times, more current namesakes range from an American revolutionary (Ethan Allen), to a ’90s heartthrob (Ethan Hawke).


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: he laughs.

In the Bible, Isaac was Abraham and Sarah’s only son. Since they were an older couple, they were amused by the prediction of his birth, so God named their son Isaac, meaning one who laughs.


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: prince of God; he who wrestles with God.

After Jacob wrestled the angel of God, he was given the name Israel. Later, the Jewish people used the name for the 12 tribes descended from Jacob’s sons — as well as for their modern nation.


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: supplanter.

In the Bible, Jacob was the son of Issac and Rebecca, whose sons were the founders of the 12 tribes of Israel.


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: supplanter, heel-grabber.

James was the older brother of John the apostle. It’s also a common royal name used in Europe and the English version of Jacob.


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: The Lord is my salvation.

As the central figure of the Bible’s New Testament, the religion of Christianity is founded on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The name is most commonly used by Spanish-speaking families and pronounced hey-SOOS.


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: God has been gracious.

John the Baptist was said to have baptized Jesus Christ in Jordan River. John is a very popular name that has been ranked #1 in the U.S. as well as been one of the top 5 boys’ names in the U.S. for the last 100 years.


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: The Lord is my salvation.

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho and led the Israelites to the Promised Land in the Old Testament.


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: joined, attached.

The prophet Levi was Jacob and Leah’s third son. Moses and Aaron were among his descendants in the Levite tribe. In the New Testament, Levi was also the original name of Matthew.


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: gift of God.

Matthew wrote the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible’s New Testament. He was one of the 12 apostles, as well as a tax collector.


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: saved from the water.

The prophet Moses received the Ten Commandments, led the oppressed Jewish people out of Egypt, and founded Israel.


Origin: Greek; Meaning: victorious.

Nicholas was originally a proselyte who eventually became a follower of Christ. He was later chosen by the disciples to be one of the Seven Deacons of the early Christian church in Jerusalem.


Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: to comfort.

In the Old Testament, Noah built a great ark that kept him, his family, and animals two-by-two alive during the Great Flood — and they then repopulated the world.

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