50 Biblical Baby Names Perfect for Naming a Little Angel

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One of the most common places for expectant parents to find baby name inspiration is the Bible. Some are looking for a name that expresses their faith. Others want a name with history or roots. Some more simply love the sound of names like Eva, Ezra, Gideon, and Jordan. "There's a paradox happening with Biblical names in America right now," says Laura Wattenberg of Baby Name Wizard. "Parents are reaching deeper and deeper into the Bible and giving kids names like Ezekial and Malachi. But overall, parents are naming kids Bible names at the all-time lowest rate."

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So today, parents who choose names from the Bible aren't often picking classics like John and Mary. Instead, names like Noah, Elijah, Abigail, and Hannah are topping the charts. And some more offbeat and surprising Biblical names are gaining steam as well.

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"There's a reason certain names were popular in the past, why kids were named John [a loyal Apostle] and not Judas [a betrayer]," says Wattenberg. "Today's parents are increasingly looking at different name options in the Bible, but some are looking at undesirable Biblical characters. Leviathan, Jezebel or Caine, for example. That's fine, of course, but if [parents are] looking for a name of someone who's sort of a role model, know that not everybody in the Bible was a great role model."

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Looking for more names inspired by the Bible? We've got 50! Yep, here are 25 boy names and 25 girl names (including some that can be used regardless of gender) that come from both the New and Old Testaments. (Note: some of the girls' names are a little more loosely Bible-related, since there are many fewer women included in Scripture.) These aren't all names we hear every day; they're mostly lesser known Bible names that we hope expectant parents can use as inspiration to find the perfect name for their little angel.


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