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ABAGTHA אבגתא m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Etymology unknown, though sources claim it may mean "father of the wine press" or "fortunate". In the book of Esther, this is the name of one of the seven eunuchs in Ahasuerus's court.
ABDIAH m Biblical
Greek variant of Hebrew OBADIAH
. Meaning, "servent of YAHWEH
" which differs slightly from the Hebrew meaning of, "worshipper of Yahweh."
ABI-ALBON m Biblical
Means "father of strength". In the Bible, this was one of David's thirty warriors.
ABIATHAR אביתר m Biblical
Possibly means "my father is great" in Hebrew (in which case the second element makes it a relative of JETHRO
). In the Old Testament Abiathar was the only Jewish high priest to escape from a massacre ordered by King Saul... [more]
ABIEZER אֲבִיעֵ֫זֶר m Biblical
Means "my father is help" in Hebrew. It belonged to three men in the Old Testament–the second son of Hammoleketh, a warrior in King David's army, and the prince of the tribe of Dan.
ABIHUD m Biblical
Means "the father is glory" or "father of glory". It is the name of two characters in the Bible.
ABINADAB אֲבִינָדָב m Biblical
Possibly means "my father is noble" or "my father is willing" in Hebrew. This was the name of several Old Testament people, including one of Saul's sons, one of Jesse's sons, one of Solomon's officers, and a Levite who housed the ark of the covenant for 20 years.
ABISHUA m Biblical
Meaning uncertain, perhaps "father of salvation" or "father of wealth". It is the name of a High priest of Israel mentioned in the Biblical books 1 Chronicles and Ezra.
ACHITOPHEL אֲחִיתֹ֫פֶל m Biblical, Hebrew
Means "my brother is foolish" or "brother of foolishness" in Hebrew, derived from Hebrew ach
"brother" and aph'el
"to act foolishly". In the bible, this was the name of one of King David's most trusted advisors.
ACHSAH f Biblical, English (Puritan)
Means "anklet, bangle" in Hebrew (presumably echoic of the click of a moving anklet). In the Old Testament, Achsah is the daughter of CALEB
. It has occasionally been used as an English Christian name since the Protestant Reformation.
ADBEEL עַבְדְּאֵל m Biblical
Means "servant of God" or "disciplined by God", though some scholars suggest it may also mean "miracle of God" or "sorrow of God". In the bible, this was the name of the third son of ISHMAEL
ADIEL עדיאל m & f Biblical, Hebrew
Means "ornament of God" or possibly "God passes by". This is the name of several characters in the Bible.
ADMATHA m Biblical
Means "a cloud of death" or "a mortal vapor" according to Hitchcock's Dictionary of Biblical Names. One of the seven princes of Persia in the book of Esther.
ADNA m Biblical
One of the family of Pahath-moab, who returned with Ezra and married a foreign wife. ( Ezra 10:30 ) (B.C. 459.) ... [more]
ADNAH עַדְנָה m Biblical
The name comes from the Hebrew noun עדן ('eden
), meaning "luxury", "delight", or "pleasure".... [more]
ADNAH עַדְנָח m Biblical
The name is of uncertain meaning. It is very similar to Adnah (1)
, however they are not exactly the same. They both come from the Hebrew noun עדן ('eden
), meaning "luxury", "delight", or "pleasure"... [more]
AENON m Biblical
From a place name mentioned briefly in the New Testament, which may be the Greek form of Hebrew ay-yin
"spring, natural fountain". The Gospel of John (3:23) identifies it as a place near Salem where John the Baptist performed baptisms.... [more]
AGUR m Biblical
Means "stranger" or "gathered together" in Hebrew. In the Bible, he is a son of Jakeh and a contributor to Proverbs.
AHASUERUS m Biblical, Hebrew (Latinized)
A name used several times in the Hebrew Bible, as well as related legends and Apocrypha. The name Ahasuerus is equivalent to the Greek name XERXES
, both deriving from the Old Persian language Xšayārša... [more]
AHAZ אָחָז m Biblical
Meaning "has held," is a diminutive of JEHOAHAZ
, meaning "Yahweh has held." He was king of Judah, and the son and successor of JOTHAM
AHIMAN m Biblical
Meaning "brother of the right hand / brother of a gift."
AHIMELECH אחימלך m Biblical
Meaning "the divine king is brother." The high priest of Israel, executed on SAUL
's orders for treason.
AHIRA אֲחִירַע m Biblical
Means "my brother is evil" in Hebrew. In the Bible, Ahira was a son of Enan. He was the chief of the tribe of Naphthali at the time of the census in the wilderness of Sinai.
AHIRAM m Biblical
Means "brother of craft" or "my brother is exalted" in Hebrew. In the Bible, he is a son of Benjamin.
AHLAI אַחְלָֽי m & f Biblical
This name comes from the root אחל ('hl
), which has no known meaning. The root derives from אחלה ('ahlah
), meaning "ah that...!". The majority belief is that the name means "O Would That!".... [more]
AHUZAM אֲחֻזָּם m Biblical
Borne by Ahuzam, son of Ashur, the father or founder of Tekoa. (1 Book of Chronicles 4:6).
AIJALON m & f Biblical, English (American, Rare), African American (Rare)
From an Old Testament place name meaning "place of gazelles" in Hebrew (compare AYALA
). Aijalon or Ajalon was the name of several biblical locations, including the valley in Dan where the Israelites defeated the Amorites while the sun and moon stood still in answer to their leader Joshua's prayer.
AMASA עֲמָשָׂא m Biblical
Means "burden" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, Amasa was a son of Haldai
, and a nephew of King DAVID
who was murdered by his cousin JOAB
AMIEL m Biblical, Hebrew
Variant of AMMIEL
. Occurs in the Book of Numbers 13:12: Amiel, who represented the tribe of Dan, was one of the twelve spies sent out by Moses to survey the land of Canaan.
AMINADAB עַמִּינָדָב m Mormon (Rare), English (Puritan), Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
From Hebrew meaning, "my kinsmen are noble." According to the genealogies of Genesis, he was born of Ram (also known as Aram) during the Israelite exile in Ancient Egypt. He was the father of Nahshon, chief of the tribe of Judah (Numbers 1:7; 2:3; 7:12, 17; 10:14)... [more]
AMMI m Jewish, Biblical, Jewish Legend, Hebrew
Means "my people" in Hebrew. This is the name of a character in the Old Testament, Hosea's second son, who was originally named Lo-Ammi
meaning "not my people" but was renamed Ammi
"my people"... [more]
AMRAPHEL m Biblical, Hebrew
Means "one that speaks of dark things" or "he whose words are dark" in Hebrew, derived from Hebrew amár
"to say" and aphél
"dark, obscure". In the bible, this was the name of a king of Shinar.
AMZI אמצי m Biblical
Probably Hebrew, and may mean "my strength". 'In the Bible it occurs only once, in a genealogy... It appears regularly at Princeton in the period 1810-60, but not at Harvard. Apparently Amzi represents a development in the Middle Colonies, one which did not reach New England... [more]
ANAEL אָנָּאֵל m & f Judeo-Christian Legend, Biblical, Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew name of uncertain meaning, possibly "God answers" (making it an equivalent of ANAIAH
, using el
"God" as the second element as opposed to yah
"); alternatively the first element may be related to chanah
"favour, grace" (making it a relative of HANANIAH
and perhaps a form of HANNIEL
ANATHOTH עֲנָתוֹת m Biblical, Hebrew
Apparently means "answer to prayers" in Hebrew, with the first element derived from Hebrew anáh
"to answer". In the bible, Anathoth was one of the sons of BECHER
, who in turn was the son of BENJAMIN
APOLLOS m Biblical
Apollos was a 1st century Alexandrian Jewish Christian mentioned several times in the New Testament. A contemporary of Paul the Apostle, he played an important role in the early development of the churches of Ephesus and Corinth.
ARAUNAH אֲרַוְנָה m Biblical
Araunah was a Jebusite who was mentioned in the Second Book of Samuel who owned the threshing floor on the summit of Mount Moriah that DAVID
purchased and used as the site for assembling an altar to God... [more]
ARTEMAS m Ancient Greek, Biblical, Polish (Archaic)
Presumably a contracted form of ARTEMIDOROS
. This name is mentioned briefly in the New Testament, in Saint Paul's letter to Titus. According to George Rippey Stewart in 'American Given Names' (1979): "It is chiefly remembered from General Artemas Ward, of the Revolution (born 1727)... [more]
ASAIAH עֲשָׂיָה m Biblical
has made" or "made by Yahweh" in Hebrew. This was the name of several characters in the Old Testament.
ASHBEL אשבל m Biblical
Allegedly means "flowing" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this name belonged to the second son of BENJAMIN
, founder of the Ashbelite tribe. A known bearer was American pioneer physician Ashbel Smith (1805-1886).
ASHKENAZ m Biblical
Ashkenaz is the first son of Gomer, and a Japhetic patriarch in the Table of Nations.
ASHNAH f Biblical
The name of a city either near Palestine or near Bethlehem, mentioned in the Bible
ASMODAI m Biblical, Judeo-Christian Legend
From Hebrew Ashmedai
, which itself is derived from Avestan aēšma-daēva
meaning "demon of wrath". Asmodai is a semi-Biblical demon mostly known thanks to the deuterocanonical Book of Tobit... [more]
ASPATHA m Biblical
One of the sons of HAMAN
in the Book of Esther. Meaning "given by a sacred horse".
ATHAIAH m & f Biblical, Hebrew
Means "the Lord's time" in Hebrew. In the Bible, this was the son of Uzziah.
ATTAI עַתַּי m Biblical
The name comes from the verb ענה ('ana
), which can mean one of four things: "to answer", "to be occupied with", "to afflict", or "to sing".... [more]
AZAZ m Arabic, Biblical
Means "strong, mighty" in Hebrew. In the Bible, this is the name of a Reubenite, the father of BELA
. It is also the name of a city in Syria.
AZMAVETH עַזְמָוֶת m Biblical
This name is comprised of two parts: עזז ('azaz
) meaning "to be strong" and מות (mut
) meaning "to kill". Some sources claim the combined meaning of this name is "Death is Strong".... [more]
BAANA m Biblical
Means "son of affliction". In the Bible, this is the name of two of Solomon's purveyors, as well as the father of ZADOK
BABYLON f Biblical
In Babylonian the name Bab–ilu (Babel, or Babylon) meant “gate of the gods,” but the Hebrews derogatorily associated it with balal, a word in their language meaning “to confuse” (Gen. 11:9)... [more]
BARKOS m Biblical
Barkos was a painter who was the father of some of the Nethinim, according to Ezra 2:53.
BARSHEBA f American, Biblical
Variant of the Old Testament place name Be'ersheba
, meaning "seventh well" or "well of the oath" (Genesis 21:31). The phrase "from Dan to Be'ersheba" was the usual way of designating the Promised Land.
BARZILLAI בַּרְזִלָּי m Biblical, Hebrew
Derived from Aramaic or Hebrew barzillay
meaning "(man) of iron" or "iron-hearted", which was derived from barzel
"iron". In the Hebrew Bible this was the name of three Israelites, including Barzillai the Gileadite... [more]
BATHSHUA בַּתשֿׁוּעַ f Biblical
Means "daughter of prosperity" in Hebrew. According to George R. Stewart (1979), "In the biblical text this name is sometimes only another form for Bath-sheba
, though at least once it is the name of another person... [more]
BENAMMI m Hebrew, Biblical
Means "son of my people" in Hebrew. This is the name of several people in the Bible.
BENONI בֶּן־אוֹנִי m Biblical
From the Hebrew name בֶּן־אוֹנִי (Ben-'oniy)
meaning "son of my sorrow". This was the original name of BENJAMIN
("son of the right hand"), whose father, Jacob, renamed him in Genesis 35:18 (the name Benoni having been given by his mother, Rachel).
BERIAH m English, Hebrew, Biblical
Probably derived from a Hebrew root meaning "to make noise", or another Hebrew root meaning "in evil". This is the name of multiple people in the Bible.
BETHABARA f Biblical, American (Rare)
From the name of a biblical city. In the New Testament the city of Bethabara is where John the Baptist met Jesus, and proclaimed, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:28-29).
BETSALEL m Hebrew, Biblical
Means "in the shadow" in Hebrew. In the bible, this is the name of a son of Uri who was one of the architects of the tabernacle, and the name of an Israelite.
BEZALEL m Biblical
Hebrew, meaning "protected by God". It occurs in the Bible as the name of a celebrated skilled craftsman. As a result, the school of arts set up in Jerusalem in the 20th century was named Bezalel.
BIDKAR בדקר m Biblical
Bidkar was an officer of the Israelite king JEHU
. Jehu ordered Bidkar to throw the body of the king he usurped, JEHORAM
, into the field of Naboth, fulfilling prophecy... [more]
BIGTHANA m Biblical
In the Book of Esther, one of the two chamberlains or eunuchs of Xerxes who conspired against the king's life
BILDAD בִּלְדַּד m Biblical
Etymology unknown. Bildad the Shuhite was one of Job's three friends. Also used for one of the characters in Moby Dick
BIRSHA m Biblical
Birsha is the king of Gomorrah in Genesis 14 who joins other Canaanite city kings in rebelling against Chedorlaomer.
BIZTHA m Biblical
Means "eunuch". In the book of Esther, the second of the seven eunuchs of King Ahasuerus' harem.
BUKKI m Biblical
Bukki was a prince of the tribe of DAN
; one of those appointed by MOSES
to superintend the division of Canaan amongst the tribe (Num... [more]
CHALCOL כלכל m Biblical
Chalcol, meaning "maintain," was one of the exemplars of wisdom than whom SOLOMON
was wiser. (I Kings 4:31)
CHEDORLAOMER כְּדָרְלָעֹ֫מֶר m Biblical
Means "a handful of sheaves." He is a king of Elam in the book of Genesis.
CHELAL m Biblical
He is mentioned in the Bible as being one of the sons of Pahath-Moab.
CHERITH כְּרִית f Biblical
From a biblical place name possibly meaning "torrent-bed, gorge, valley" in Hebrew. Cherith was a brook or valley where the prophet Elijah hid from King Ahab after announcing three years of drought.
CHUSHAN-RISHATHAIM כּוּשַׁן רִשְׁעָתַיִם m Biblical
Means "twice-evil Kushite". Chushan indicates Kushite origins, while Rishathan means "double wickedness". Name of a King of Mesopotamia and the first oppressor of Israel in the Book of Judges. This is likely not the King's real name, but rather, an insulting epithet.
COZ m Biblical
Coz in Hebrew allegedly means "a thorn", or perhaps "nimble." It occurs in the Old Testament (1 Chr. 4: 8) where Coz is sited as a descendant of CALEB
COZBI כָּזְבִּי f Biblical
Means "voluptuous, charming" from a Semitic root kzb
"to deceive, disappoint" and "to be voluptuous, charming, full of sexual vigor". In the Old Testament this name belonged to a Midianite woman who became a wife or concubine of the Israelite ZIMRI
, both of whom were then killed by PHINEHAS
in order to stop a plague sent by God.
CUSH כּוּשׁ m Biblical
The eldest son of HAM
, who was a son of Noah
. He was the brother of MIZRAIM
(land of Canaan), and PHUT
, and the father of the Biblical character NIMROD
mentioned in the "Table of Nations" in the Genesis 10:6 and I Chronicles 1:8.
DALPHON דַּלְפוֹן m Biblical
Dalphon, meaning "to weep," was one of the ten sons of HAMAN
, killed along with Haman by the Jews of Persia.
DARDA m Biblical
Meaning "pearl of wisdom," he was one of the exemplars of wisdom than whom Solomon was wiser. (I Kings 4:31)
DIBLAIM דִּבְלָ֫יִם f Biblical
Means "cakes of pressed figs". In the bible, this was the mother of the prophet HOSEA
's wife, GOMER
DISHAN דִּישׁוֹן m Biblical
Meaning "ibex," he was the youngest son of SEIR
the Horite. (Genesis 36:21)
DODAVAHU דוֹדָוָהוּ m Biblical
From the Hebrew name Dodhawahu
meaning "loved of God", which may be an extended form of DAVID
. It occurs briefly in 2 Chronicles in the Old Testament belonging to the father of a prophet called ELIEZER
DODO m Biblical
From Hebrew dodho
) meaning "beloved" (see DAVID
). In the Old Testament this name was borne by several minor characters.
DUMAH דומה m Biblical, Judeo-Christian Legend
Means "silent" in Hebrew. Briefly mentioned in the Old Testament as the name of one of Ishmael's sons. In Rabbinical Literature, Dumah is also the angel of silence and of the stillness of death.
EBER עבר m Biblical
Means "region beyond," from the word abar
, meaning, "to pass over." This name appears three times in the Old Testament. One was an ancestor of Abraham. His descendants are known as Hebrews.
ELASAH אלעשה m Biblical
Elasah, meaning "made by God," was the name of two individuals mentioned in the Bible.
ELEADAH m Biblical
Meaning "God has decked (adorned) himself" Eleadah was one of Ephraim’s descendants mentioned at 1Ch 7:20.
ELEPH m & f Biblical (Rare, Archaic), English (Puritan)
Meaning, "the ox." A place in the lot of Benjamin not far from Jerusalem (Joshua 18:28). The name is omitted by Septuagint, unless, indeed, it is combined with that of Zelah. It may be identical with Lifta, a village W. of Jerusalem.
ELIAB m Biblical
Means "God (is) father" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this was the name of six characters (including the eldest brother of King David), "but none of these is of importance," writes George Rippey Stewart in 'American Given Names' (1979)... [more]
ELIADA אֶלְיָדָע m Biblical, Hebrew
Means "God knows" in Hebrew (or possibly "God knew" or "God (is) knowing"). In the Old Testament this is the name of several characters, including a son of King David.
ELIAM אֱלִיעָם m Biblical, Hebrew
Means "God's people" in Hebrew, derived from Hebrew el
"God" and am
"people". Eliam was the name of a biblical character listed in the Books of Samuel as one of "The Thirty."
ELIASAPH אֶלְיָסָף m Biblical
Means "God has added" or "God increases the family" in Hebrew, derived from Hebrew el
"God" and yasáph
"to add". This was the name of two minor biblical characters; one was a son of DEUEL
, and the other was a son of LAEL
ELIATHAH אֱלִיאָ֫תָה m Biblical, Hebrew
Means "God comes (to him)" or "to whom God will come", derived from Hebrew el
"God" and atháh
"to come, to bring". In the bible, this was the name of one of the many sons of Heman the Levite.
ELIEL m Biblical, Hebrew, Finnish
Means "my God is God" in Hebrew, derived from אלי (elí)
"my God" and אֵל (el)
meaning "God". This name was borne by nine characters in the Bible.
ELIMELECH אֱלִימֶ֫לֶך m Biblical, Hebrew
Means "my God is king" in Hebrew, derived from Hebrew el
"God" and malákh
"to rule". In the bible, this was the name of the late husband of Naomi.
ELIPHAZ אֱלִיפַז m Biblical
Means "my God is strength" or "my God is fine gold" in Hebrew, derived from Hebrew el
"God" and paz
"pure gold, fine gold" (from the root pazáz
"to purify gold, to strengthen")... [more]
ELISHAMA אֱלִישָׁמָע m Biblical
Means "my God hears" or "my God has heard", derived from Hebrew אֵל ('el)
and the verb שָׁמַע (shama)
ELISHAPHAT אֱלִישָׁפָט m Biblical
Means "my God has judged" in Hebrew, derived from Hebrew el
"God" and shaphát
"to judge". This was the name of a minor biblical character, who was the son of ZICHRI
ELNAAM אֶלְנַעַם m Biblical
The name is comprised of two parts. This first, אל ('el
), is a shortened form of אלהים ('elohim
), meaning "God". The second part, נעם (na'em
), meaning "pleasant" or "delightful"... [more]
ELYMAS Ἐλύμας m Biblical Greek, Biblical
Hellenized form of a masculine given name of which the meaning and origin is (so far) uncertain. This name is best known for being the name of Elymas, a Jewish sorcerer (who is also known as Bar-Jesus
) who is mentioned in chapter 13 of Acts of the Apostles
in the New Testament... [more]
ELZABAD אֶלְזָבָד m Biblical
The name is comprised of two parts. The first, אל ('el
), is a form of אלהים ('elohim
), meaning "God". The second, זבד (zabad
), means "to give". Together, the two parts are said to mean "God has given".... [more]
EMMAUS m English (American, Rare), Biblical
From the name of a biblical town, Ἐμμαούς (Emmaous)
in Greek, which is probably from Aramaic hammat
meaning "hot spring". In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus appears to two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus after his death, burial and resurrection.
ERI m Biblical
The male name Eri comes from the Hebrew meaning "my guardian" or "my awake one". ... [more]
ESHCOL m Biblical
Means "cluster". In the Bible, the brother of Mamre and Aner, the Amorite allies of Abraham in persuit of king Chedorlaomer. He lived in the neighborhood of Hebron and may have given his name to the valley of Eshcol, which lay a little North of Hebron.
ESHTON m Biblical
Meaning "uxorious." A name which occurs in the genealogies of Judah.
EUODIA Εὐοδία f Ancient Greek, Biblical
Derived from Greek εὐοδία (euodia)
meaning "a good journey", a derivative of ευ (eu)
"good" and ὁδός (hodos)
"way, road, journey, path"... [more]
EVI m Biblical
Evi was one of five Midianite kings killed during the time of MOSES
by an Israelite expedition led by PHINEHAS
, son of ELEAZAR
according to Numbers 31:8 and Joshua 13:21.
EZBAI אֶזְבַּי m Biblical
The meaning of this name is uncertain. One theory suggests it comes from אזב ('azab
), meaning "to scrub" or "to flutter". A second theory suggests it comes from בזז (bazaz
), meaning "to plunder".... [more]
EZBON m Biblical
Ezbon is the name of two people mentioned in the Bible.
GADDI m Biblical
Gaddi, the son of SUSI
of the House of MANASSEH
, was a scout sent to Canaan prior to the crossing of the Jordan River according to Numbers 13:11.
GADDIEL m Biblical
Gaddiel, the son of SODI
of the house of ZEBULUN
, was a scout sent to Canaan prior to the crossing of the Jordan River according to Numbers 13:10.
GAHAM גַּ֫חַם m Biblical
Perhaps means "flame" in Hebrew, from a non-Biblical root meaning "to burn, flame". In the Bible, Gaham was the second son of NAHOR
by his concubine REUMAH
GAMUL גָמוּל m Biblical
Gamul, meaning "rewarded" or "recompense," was head of the twentieth of twenty-four priestly divisions instituted by King DAVID
. (I Chr. 24:17)
GEBER גבר m Biblical
Geber, meaning "He-man," son of URI
, was one of King SOLOMON
's regional administrators; his territory was Gilead. (First Kings 4:19)
GEMALLI m Biblical
Gemalli of the house of Dan was the father of AMMIEL
, a scout sent to Canaan prior to the crossing of the Jordan River according to Numbers 13:4.
GENUBATH גנבת m Biblical
Genubath, meaning "Stolen," is mentioned in I Kings 11:20 as the son born to HADAD
the Edomite and the sister of Queen TAHPENES
, Pharaoh's wife.
GEUEL m Biblical
Geuel, the son of MACHI
of the Tribe of GAD
, was a scout sent to Canaan prior to the crossing of the Jordan River according to Numbers 13:16.
GUNI m Biblical
Guni was a son of NAPHTALI
according to Genesis 46:24 and Numbers 26:48. He was one of the 70 souls to migrate to Egypt with JACOB
HAGGI m Biblical
Haggi was a son of GAD
according to Genesis 46:16 and Numbers 26:15. He was one of the 70 souls to migrate to Egypt with JACOB
HAKKOZ m Biblical
Hakkoz is the name of two or three biblical individuals.
HAMMOLEKETH f Biblical
Means "the queen" in Hebrew. In the bible, Hammoleketh was the sister of Gilead and the mother of Ishhod, Abiezer, and Mahlah.
HAMUL m Biblical
Hamul was a son of PHAREZ
of the Tribe of JUDAH
according to Genesis 46:12 and Numbers 26:21. He was one of the 70 souls to migrate to Egypt with JACOB
HANAMEEL חנמאל m Biblical
Hanameel, meaning "rest from God," a cousin of JEREMIAH
from whom the latter bought property. Jeremiah 32:7ff.