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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."

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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1Abel

Abel was Adam and Eve's second son, known for sacrificing a lamb for God and being killed by his jealous brother Cain.

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2Abram

Abram was the given name of Abraham, who's well-known for his deep faith. It means "exalted father."

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3Adina

In the Old Testament, Adina was the name of a male soldier. Today, it works well as a girl's name.

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4Ariel

In modern times, Ariel is a beautiful girl's name more likely to make people think of The Little Mermaid than the Bible. But in the Old Testament, it's an alternative name for Jerusalem and means "lion of God."

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5Asher

Asher means "happy" or "blessed" and was the name given to one of Jacob's sons.

6Bartholomew

Bartholomew was one of Jesus's apostles who was sometimes known as Nathanael. The name comes with a super cute nickname: Bart.

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7Caleb

In the Bible, Caleb was sent by Moses to explore, and became one of the only two adults to see the Promised Land. The name means "a dog" or "faithful" in Hebrew.

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8Carmel

Carmel means "garden" in Hebrew and is the name of a mountain in the Old Testament. Mary was known as Our Lady of Carmel.

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9Charity

Today, charity means doing things for others. In Latin, it means "dear." And in the Bible, it means love of God or love of humankind.

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10Chloe

Chloe means "green shoot" in Greek. A woman named Chloe was mentioned just once in the Bible in 1 Corinthians 1:10; not much is known about her, except that she was a Christian woman.

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11Claudius

In Acts 21-24, Claudius was a Roman tribune who protected Paul from an angry mob.

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12Delilah

In the Bible, Delilah was the lover of Samson, and she later betrayed him. The name means "delicate" in Hebrew.

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13Demetrius

This name's origin is Demetrios, which means "of Demeter" in Greek. In the Bible, there are at least two Demetriuses: one who starts a riot against the disciple Paul, and another who's known as a good Christian.

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14Dinah

Hebrew for "judged," Dinah was a daughter of Jacob in the Bible.

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15Eden

Eden, of course, is for the Garden of Eden, the paradise where Adam and Eve lived.

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16Eli

Eli is Hebrew for "ascension." Famous Elis include Eli Whitney and Eli Manning.

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17Eva

Eva is a form of Eve -- we all know who she was in the Bible! It comes from the Hebrew word Chava, meaning "life" or "living one."

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18Ezra

Ezra, which is Hebrew for "help," was the name of a prophet in the Bible.

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19Faith

Faith isn't anyone's name in the Bible. But present-day parents commonly choose the name to express their own trust in God.

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20Gideon

Hebrew for "one who cuts down," Gideon was the name of a heroic judge in the Old Testament.

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21Grace

Commonly, grace is a beautiful way of moving. In the Bible, it's used to describe the goodness and generosity of God. The Puritans started using Grace as a girl's name in the 17th century.

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22Hadassah

Meaning "myrtle tree," Hadassah is the Hebrew name for Queen Esther in the Old Testament.

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23Hannah

Hannah was the mother of the prophet Samuel in the Bible. It's Hebrew for "full of grace" or "mercy."

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24Hope

An apropos choice for expectant parents full of hope for their child's future, Hope may also refer to Psalm 25:21: "May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you."

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25Ira

Ira was the name of King David's priest in the Old Testament. It's Hebrew for "watchful."

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26Jewel

A jewel is precious and beautiful. In the Bible, jewels are mentioned several times, though not as names. One example is Proverbs 20:15: "Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel."

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27Jordan

In the Bible, the Jordan River was where Jesus was baptized. It also works as a baby name for a girl or a boy.

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28Joy

Joy means happiness, of course. In the Bible, Hebrews 1:9 says, "You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy." 

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29Jude

In the Bible, Jude (not to be confused with Judas) was said to be the author of The Epistle of Jude.

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30Levi

Levi was the third son of Jacob and Leah in the Old Testament. The name means "joined" or "attached."

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31Lily

A lily is, of course, a delicate white flower and a symbol of purity. Song of Solomon 2:1 says, "I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys."

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32Luke

Luke was an author of several parts of the New Testament. The name may have originated from the Latin lux, meaning "light" or Greek Loukas, meaning "from Lucania."

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33Mara

Meaning "bitterness," Mara is the name Naomi gave herself after the death of her husband and sons, according to the Bible.

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34Mercy

Mercy means "compassion" or "forgiveness." It can signify the mercy of God.

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35Micah

Micah was an Old Testament prophet who wrote The Book of Micah.

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36Olive

Genesis 8:11 says, "When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth." Plus, an olive branch is a symbol of peace.


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37Oprah

Fun fact: Oprah Winfrey's given name was Orpah and everyone pronounced it wrong, so she changed it! Orpah was mentioned in the Bible's Book of Ruth. The name means "back of the neck." But we suggest the better known and correctly pronounced version.

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38Phineas

In the Old Testament, Phineas is spelled "Phinehas." He's a grandson of Aaron.

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39Reuben

The meaning of this name is "behold a son," which is fitting seeing how Reuben is introduced in the Bible as the first son of Jacob and Leah.

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40Rufus

Rufus means "red" or "red-haired." It's the name of a saint mentioned in the New Testament.

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41Sarai

Sarai is an unexpected twist to the name Sarah. In the Bible, God changed the couple Abram and Sarai's names to Abraham and Sarah. The name means "princess" in Hebrew.

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42Seth

Adam and Eve's third son was named Seth. The name means "appointed."

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43Shiloh

Sometimes, things get lost in translation. Shiloh means "tranquil" in Hebrew. Some people believe it also was used as another name for the Messiah, but that could be a misinterpretation.

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44Silas

It's believed that Silas is a short version of Silvanus, who was missionary companion to Paul in the Bible.

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45Solomon

Solomon means "peaceful." Solomon was said to have written the Book of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon in the Bible.

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46Tamar

In the Bible, there are two Tamars; one was Judah's daughter in-law who later became his wife. The name means "palm tree."

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47Titus

In the New Testament, Titus is a companion of Paul and became a Bishop. The name is thought to have Greek roots, meaning "to honor."

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48Tobias

This adorable name has a pretty interesting Biblical context: Tobias -- along with the angel Gabriel -- helped rid Sarah of a demon. Later, they were married. On top of that, Tobias means "God is good."

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49Zachariah

In Hebrew, Zachariah means "memory of the Lord."

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