Biblical Greek Names

These names appear in the Greek Bible. See also about biblical names.
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AARONΑαρωνmEnglish, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name אַהֲרֹן ('Aharon) which is most likely of unknown Egyptian origin. Other theories claim a Hebrew derivation, and suggest meanings such as "high mountain" or "exalted". In the Old Testament this name is borne by the older brother of Moses. He acted as a spokesman for his brother when they appealed to the pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery. Aaron's rod produced miracles and plagues to intimidate the pharaoh. After the departure from Egypt and arrival at Mount Sinai, God installed Aaron as the first high priest of the Israelites and promised that his descendants would form the priesthood.... [more]
ABDIOUΑβδιουmBiblical Greek
Form of OBADIAH used in the Greek Old Testament.
ABELΑβελmEnglish, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name הֶבֶל (Hevel) meaning "breath". In the Old Testament he is the second son of Adam and Eve, murdered out of envy by his brother Cain. In England, this name came into use during the Middle Ages, and it was common during the Puritan era.
ABENNERΑβεννηρmBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of ABNER.
ABESSAΑβεσσαmBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of ABISHAI.
ABESSALOMΑβεσσαλωμmBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of ABSALOM.
ABIAΑβιαm & fBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Biblical Greek and Latin form of 'AVIYAH.
ABIDANΑβιδανmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "my father is judge" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is a Benjamite prince.
ABIGAIAΑβιγαιαfBiblical Greek
Greek form of ABIGAIL.
ABRAAMΑβρααμmBiblical Greek, Georgian
Biblical Greek form of ABRAHAM, as well as a Georgian form.
ACHAABΑχααβmBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of AHAB.
ACHAIKOSΑχαικοςmBiblical Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of ACHAICUS.
ADAMΑδαμmEnglish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian, Catalan, Hebrew, Arabic, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
This is the Hebrew word for "man". It could be ultimately derived from Hebrew אדם ('adam) meaning "to be red", referring to the ruddy colour of human skin, or from Akkadian adamu meaning "to make".... [more]
ADINA (1)Αδιναm & fBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Hebrew
From Hebrew עֲדִינָא ('adina') meaning "slender, delicate". This name is borne by a soldier in the Old Testament. It is also used in modern Hebrew as a feminine name, typically spelled עֲדִינָה.
AGARΑγαρfBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical French, Biblical Italian
Form of HAGAR used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
AITHANΑιθανmBiblical Greek
Form of ETHAN used in the Greek Old Testament.
ALEXANDROSΑλεξανδροςmGreek, Ancient Greek, Biblical Greek, Greek Mythology
Ancient and modern Greek form of ALEXANDER.
ALPHAIOSΑλφαιοςmBiblical Greek
Greek form of ALPHAEUS.
AMBAKOUMΑμβακουμmBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of HABAKKUK.
AMBRAMΑμβραμmBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of AMRAM.
AMOSΑμωςmEnglish, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
From Hebrew עָמַס ('amas) meaning "load, burden". Amos is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Amos, which speaks against greed, corruption and oppression of the poor. Written about the 8th century BC, it is among the oldest of the prophetic books. As an English name, Amos has been used since the Protestant Reformation, and was popular among the Puritans.
ANATH (1)ΑναθmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "answer" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Shamgar.
ANDREASΑνδρεας, ΑνδριαςmGerman, Greek, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Welsh, Ancient Greek, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Ancient Greek and Latin form of ANDREW. It is also the form used in modern Greek, German and Welsh.
ANNAΑνναfEnglish, Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Faroese, Catalan, Occitan, Breton, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of Channah (see HANNAH) used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament. Many later Old Testament translations, including the English, use the Hannah spelling instead of Anna. The name appears briefly in the New Testament belonging to a prophetess who recognized Jesus as the Messiah. It was a popular name in the Byzantine Empire from an early date, and in the Middle Ages it became common among Western Christians due to veneration of Saint Anna (usually known as Saint Anne in English), the name traditionally assigned to the mother of the Virgin Mary. In the English-speaking world, this form came into general use in the 18th century, joining Ann and Anne.... [more]
AODΑωδmBiblical Greek
Form of EHUD used in the Greek Old Testament.
ARCHELAOSΑρχελαοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of ARCHELAUS.
ARIELΑριηλm & fHebrew, English, French, Spanish, Biblical, Biblical Greek
Means "lion of God" in Hebrew, from אֲרִי ('ari) meaning "lion" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". In the Old Testament it is used as another name for the city of Jerusalem. Shakespeare used it as the name of a spirit in his play 'The Tempest' (1611), and one of the moons of Uranus bears this name in his honour. As an English name, it became more common for females in the 1980s, especially after it was used for the title character in the Walt Disney film 'The Little Mermaid' (1989).
ASENNETHΑσεννεθfBiblical Greek
Form of ASENATH used in the Greek Old Testament.
ASERΑσηρmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of ASHER used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
AZARIASΑζαριαςmBiblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of AZARIAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
BAALΒααλmSemitic Mythology, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Biblical
Variant spelling of BA'AL, and the form used in most translations of the Bible.
BALLAΒαλλαfBiblical Greek
Greek form of BILHAH.
BALTASAR (2)ΒαλτασαρmBiblical Greek
Form of BELSHAZZAR used in the Greek Old Testament.
BARAK (1)ΒαρακmHebrew, Biblical, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lightning" in Hebrew. According to the Old Testament, Barak was a military commander under the guidance of the prophetess Deborah. They defeated the Canaanite army led by Sisera.
BARNABASΒαρναβαςmGerman (Rare), English (Rare), Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Greek form of an Aramaic name. In Acts in the New Testament the byname Barnabas was given to a man named Joseph, a Jew from Cyprus who was a companion of Paul on his missionary journeys. The original Aramaic form is unattested, but it may be from בּר נביא (bar naviya') meaning "son of the prophet", though in Acts 4:36 it is claimed that the name means "son of encouragement". As an English name, it came into occasional use after the 12th century.
BARTHOLOMAIOSΒαρθολομαιοςmBiblical Greek
New Testament Greek form of BARTHOLOMEW.
BASEMMATHΒασεμμαθfBiblical Greek
Form of BASEMATH and BASMATH used in the Greek Old Testament.
BEELZEBOULΒεελζεβουλmBiblical Greek
Form of Hebrew בַּעַל זְבוּב (Ba'al Zevuv) used in the Greek New Testament (see BEELZEBUB). The Greek form may represent a misspelling or it might be a pun based on Hebrew זֶבֶל (zevel) meaning "dung".
BENIAMINΒενιαμινmRomanian, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Romanian form of BENJAMIN, as well as the form used in the Greek and Latin Bibles.
BERNIKEΒερνικηfBiblical Greek
Greek form of BERNICE.
BOOSΒοοςmBiblical Greek
Form of BOAZ used in the Greek Old Testament.
CHALEBΧαλεβmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of CALEB used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
CHLOEΧλοηfEnglish, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "green shoot" in Greek, referring to new plant growth in the spring. This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Demeter. The name is also mentioned by Paul in one of his epistles in the New Testament. As an English name, Chloe has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.
DAMARISΔαμαριςfBiblical, Biblical Greek
Probably means "calf, heifer, girl" from Greek δαμαλις (damalis). In the New Testament this is the name of a woman converted to Christianity by Saint Paul.
DANIELΔανιηλmEnglish, Hebrew, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Armenian, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name דָּנִיֵּאל (Daniyyel) meaning "God is my judge", from the roots דִּין (din) meaning "to judge" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". Daniel was a Hebrew prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. He lived during the Jewish captivity in Babylon, where he served in the court of the king, rising to prominence by interpreting the king's dreams. The book also presents Daniel's four visions of the end of the world.... [more]
DAREIOSΔαρειοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of DARIUS.
DAUIDΔαυιδmBiblical Greek
Greek form of DAVID.
DEBBORAΔεββωραfBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of DEBORAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
DINA (1)ΔιναfEnglish, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Variant of DINAH, and also the form used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
DROUSILLAΔρουσιλλαfBiblical Greek
Form of DRUSILLA used in the Greek New Testament.
ELEAZARΕλεαζαρmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name אֶלְעָזָר ('El'azar) meaning "my God has helped". In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the sons of Aaron.
ELI (1)ΗλιmEnglish, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
Means "ascension" in Hebrew. In the Books of Samuel in the Old Testament he is a high priest of the Israelites. He took the young Samuel into his service and gave him guidance when God spoke to him. Because of the misdeeds of his sons, Eli and his descendants were cursed to die before reaching old age.... [more]
ELIASΗλιαςmPortuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English, Greek, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Cognate of ELIJAH. This is the form used in the Greek New Testament.
ELIEZERΕλιεζερmBiblical, Hebrew, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From Hebrew אֱלִיעֶזֶר ('Eli'ezer) meaning "my God is help". In the Old Testament this is the name of both a servant of Abraham and one of the sons of Moses (see Exodus 18:4 for an explanation of the significance of the name).
ELIOUΗλιουmBiblical Greek
Form of ELIJAH used in the Greek Old Testament.
ELISABETΕλισαβετfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Catalan, Spanish, Biblical Greek
Scandinavian and Finnish form of ELIZABETH. It is also used in Spain alongside the traditional form Isabel.
ELISAIEΕλισαιεmBiblical Greek
Form of ELISHA used in the Greek Old Testament.
EMMANOUELΕμμανουηλmBiblical Greek
Form of IMMANUEL used in the Greek Bible.
ENOCHΕνωχmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name חֲנוֹך (Chanokh) meaning "dedicated". In Genesis in the Old Testament this is the name of both the son of Cain and the father of Methuselah, who was the supposed author of the apocryphal Books of Enoch.
ENOSΕνωςmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of ENOSH used in many versions of the Old Testament.
EPAPHRASΕπαφραςmBiblical, Ancient Greek, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Derived from Greek επαφρος (epaphros) meaning "foamy". In the New Testament this is the name of one of Paul's co-workers.
EPHRAIMΕφραιμmBiblical, Hebrew, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name אֶפְרָיִם ('Efrayim) which meant "fruitful". In the Old Testament Ephraim is a son of Joseph and Asenath and the founder of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
EPHRATHΕφραθfBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "fruitful place" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this name was borne by one of the wives of Caleb. Also in the Bible, it is the name of the place where Rachel was buried.
ERASTOSΕραστοςmBiblical Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of ERASTUS.
ESAIASΗσαιαςmBiblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of ISAIAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
ESAUΗσαυmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name עֵשָׂו ('Esaw) which possibly meant "hairy". In the Old Testament Esau is the elder of the twin sons of Isaac and Rebecca. Once when he was very hungry he sold his birthright to his twin Jacob for a bowl of stew. Later Jacob disguised himself as Esau and received the elder son's blessing from the blind Isaac. Esau was the ancestor of the Edomites.
ESDRASΕσδραςmBiblical, Biblical Greek
Greek form of EZRA. This spelling is used in parts of the Old Testament Apocrypha.
ESTHERΕσθηρfEnglish, French, Spanish, Dutch, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Possibly means "star" in Persian. Alternatively it could be a derivative of the name of the Near Eastern goddess ISHTAR. The Book of Esther in the Old Testament tells the story of Queen Esther, the Jewish wife of the king of Persia. The king's advisor Haman persuaded the king to exterminate all the Jews in the realm. Warned of this plot by her cousin Mordecai, Esther revealed her Jewish ancestry and convinced the king to execute Haman instead. Her original Hebrew name was Hadassah.... [more]
EUAΕυαfBiblical Greek
Form of Chawwah (see EVE) used in the Greek translation of Old Testament. Chawwah is also translated as Zoe in the Greek Old Testament.
EUNIKEΕυνικηfBiblical Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of EUNICE.
EUTYCHOSΕυτυχοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of EUTYCHUS.
EZEKIASΕζεκιαςmBiblical Greek
Form of HEZEKIAH used in the Greek Old Testament.
GABRIELΓαβριηλmFrench, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Catalan, English, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name גַבְרִיאֵל (Gavri'el) meaning "God is my strong man", derived from גֶּבֶר (gever) meaning "strong man, hero" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". Gabriel is an archangel in Hebrew tradition, often appearing as a messenger of God. In the Old Testament he is sent to interpret the visions of the prophet Daniel, while in the New Testament he serves as the announcer of the births of John to Zechariah and Jesus to Mary. According to Islamic tradition he was the angel who dictated the Qur'an to Muhammad.... [more]
GAIOSΓαιοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of GAIUS.
GEDEONΓεδεωνmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of GIDEON used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
GOLIATHΓολιαθmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From Hebrew גָּלְיָת (Golyat), possibly derived from גָּלָה (galah) meaning "uncover, reveal". This is the name of the giant Philistine who is slain by David in the Old Testament.
HANANIAS‘ΑνανιαςmBiblical Greek
Greek form of ANANIAS.
HANNAS‘ΑνναςmBiblical Greek
Greek form of ANNAS.
HERODES‘Ηρωιδης, ‘ΗρωδηςmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Latin form of HEROD, as well as the usual biblical Greek transcription of ‘Ηρωιδης: after the Classical period, the ι in the sequence ωι (often written as a subscript) was not pronounced.
HERODIAS‘Ηρωιδιας, ‘ΗρωδιαςfBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Feminine form of HEROD. This was the name of a member of the Herodian ruling family of Judea, a sister of Herod Agrippa and the wife of Herod Antipas. She appears in the New Testament, where she contrives to have her husband Antipas imprison and execute John the Baptist.
HERODION‘Ηρωιδιων, ‘ΗρωδιωνmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Diminutive of the Greek name Heroides (see HEROD). This name is mentioned briefly in Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament.
IACHINΙαχινmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of JACHIN used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
IAELΙαηλfBiblical Greek
Form of JAEL used in the Greek Old Testament.
IAIRΙαιρmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of JAIR used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
IAIROSΙαιροςmBiblical Greek
New Testament Greek form of JAIRUS.
IAKOBOSΙακωβοςmBiblical Greek
Form of JACOB used in the Greek Bible.
IAPHETHΙαφεθmBiblical Greek
Form of JAPHETH used in the Greek Old Testament.
IAREDΙαρεδmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of JARED used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
IEDIDAΙεδιδαfBiblical Greek
Form of JEDIDAH used in the Greek Old Testament.
IEPHTHAEΙεφθαεmBiblical Greek
Form of JEPHTHAH used in the Greek Old Testament.
IEREMIASΙερεμιαςmBiblical Greek
Greek form of JEREMIAH.
IESOUSΙησουςmBiblical Greek
Greek form of JOSHUA and JESUS.
IEZABELΙεζαβελfBiblical Greek
Greek form of JEZEBEL.
IEZEKIELΙεζεκιηλmBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of EZEKIEL.
IOABΙωαβmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Greek and Latin form of JOAB.
IOANNAΙωανναfGreek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of JOANNA.
IOANNESΙωαννηςmBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of Yochanan (see JOHN).
IOBΙωβmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of JOB used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
IOELΙωηλmBiblical Greek
Form of JOEL used in the Greek Old Testament.
IONASΙωναςmBiblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of JONAH used in the Greek Bible. It is also the form used in the Latin New Testament.
IONATHANΙωναθανmBiblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of JONATHAN and JEHONATHAN used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
IORAMΙωραμmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of JORAM used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
IOSAPHATΙωσαφατmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of JEHOSHAPHAT used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
IOSEPHΙωσηφmBiblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of JOSEPH used in the Greek and Latin Bible.
IOSESΙωσηςmBiblical Greek
Greek form of JOSES.
IOSIASΙωσιαςmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of JOSIAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
IOUΙουmBiblical Greek
Greek form of JEHU.
IOUBALΙουβαλmBiblical Greek
Form of JUBAL used in the Greek Old Testament.
IOUDASΙουδαςmBiblical Greek
Greek form of JUDAH.
IOUDITHΙουδιθfBiblical Greek
Greek form of JUDITH.
IOUNIAΙουνιαfBiblical Greek
Form of JUNIA used in the Greek New Testament.
ISAAKΙσαακmRussian, German, Biblical Greek
Russian and German form of ISAAC, as well as the form used in the Greek Old Testament.
ISMAELΙσμαηλmSpanish, Biblical Greek
Spanish form of ISHMAEL. This is also the form used in the Greek Old Testament.
ISRAELΙσραηλmJewish, English, Biblical, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name יִשְׂרָאֵל (Yisra'el) meaning "God contends", from the roots שָׂרָה (sarah) meaning "to contend, to fight" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". In the Old Testament Israel (who was formerly named Jacob; see Genesis 32:28) wrestles with an angel. The ancient and modern states of Israel took their names from him.
ISSACHARΙσσαχαρmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Possibly means "man of hire" or "there is reward", from Hebrew שָׁכַר (shakhar) meaning "hire, wage, reward". In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the twelve sons of Jacob and Leah and the founder of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. A justification for the name's meaning is given in Genesis 30:18.
ITHAMARΙθαμαρmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name אִיתָמָר ('Itamar) meaning "date palm island". This is the name of a son of Aaron in the Old Testament.
KAINΚαινmBiblical Greek
Form of CAIN used in the Greek Old Testament.
KAINANΚαινανmBiblical Greek
Form of CAINAN used in the Greek Old Testament.
KANDAKEΚανδακηfBiblical, Biblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of CANDACE.
KARPOSΚαρποςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Original Greek form of CARPUS.
KEPHASΚηφαςmBiblical Greek
Greek form of CEPHAS.
KLEOPASΚλεοπαςmBiblical Greek
Greek form of CLEOPAS.
KLOPASΚλωπαςmBiblical Greek
Form of CLOPAS used in the Greek New Testament.
KRESKESΚρησκηςmBiblical Greek
Form of CRESCENS used in the Greek New Testament.
KYROSΚυροςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of CYRUS.
LAZAROSΛαζαροςmGreek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of LAZARUS.
LEIAΛειαfBiblical Greek, Popular Culture
Form of LEAH used in the Greek Old Testament. This is the name of a princess in the 'Star Wars' movies by George Lucas, who probably based it on Leah.
LEUIΛευιmBiblical Greek
Form of LEVI used in the Greek Bible.
LOIS (1)ΛωιςfEnglish, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Possibly derived from Greek λωιων (loion) meaning "more desirable" or "better". Lois is mentioned in the New Testament as the mother of Eunice and the grandmother of Timothy. As an English name, it came into use after the Protestant Reformation. In fiction, this is the name of the girlfriend of the comic book hero Superman.
LOUKASΛουκαςmBiblical Greek, Greek
Greek form of LUKE.
LYDIAΛυδιαfEnglish, German, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "from Lydia" in Greek. Lydia was a region on the west coast of Asia Minor, said to be named for the legendary king LYDOS. In the New Testament this is the name of a woman converted to Christianity by Saint Paul. In the modern era the name has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.
MAALAΜααλαfBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of MAHLAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
MAELETHΜαελεθfBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of MAHALATH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
MAGDALENEΜαγδαληνηfGerman, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From a title which meant "of Magdala". Mary Magdalene, a character in the New Testament, was named thus because she was from Magdala - a village on the Sea of Galilee whose name meant "tower" in Hebrew. She was cleaned of evil spirits by Jesus and then remained with him during his ministry, witnessing the crucifixion and the resurrection. She was a popular saint in the Middle Ages, and the name became common then. In England it is traditionally rendered Madeline, while Magdalene or Magdalen is the learned form.
MANAEMΜαναημmBiblical Greek
Form of MENAHEM used in the Greek Old Testament.
MANASSESΜανασσηςmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of MANASSEH used in the Greek and Latin Bible. It is also the form used in some English versions of the New Testament.
MARIAΜαριαf & mItalian, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Faroese, Dutch, Frisian, Greek, Polish, Romanian, English, Finnish, Corsican, Sardinian, Basque, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
Latin form of Greek Μαρια, from Hebrew מִרְיָם (see MARY). Maria is the usual form of the name in many European languages, as well as a secondary form in other languages such as English (where the common spelling is Mary). In some countries, for example Germany, Poland and Italy, Maria is occasionally used as a masculine middle name.... [more]
MARIAMΜαριαμfBiblical Greek, Georgian, Armenian, Arabic
Form of MARIA used in the Greek Old Testament, as well as the Georgian and Armenian form. It is also a variant transcription of Arabic MARYAM.
MARKOSΜαρκοςmGreek, Ancient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of Marcus (see MARK).
MARTHAΜαρθαfEnglish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From Aramaic מַרְתָּא (marta') meaning "the lady, the mistress", feminine form of מַר (mar) meaning "master". In the New Testament this is the name of the sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany (who is sometimes identified with Mary Magdalene). She was a witness to Jesus restoring her dead brother to life.... [more]
MATTHAIOSΜατθαιοςmGreek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of Mattityahu (see MATTHEW).
MATTHANΜατθανmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of MATTAN used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament. This form of the name is also used in English versions of the New Testament, being borne by the great-grandfather of Jesus.
MATTHIASΜατθιαςmGerman, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, French, Dutch, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Variant of Matthaios (see MATTHEW) which appears in the New Testament as the name of the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot. This was also the name of kings of Hungary, including Matthias I who made important reforms to the kingdom in the 15th century.
MELCHOLΜελχολfBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of MICHAL (2).
MEROBΜεροβfBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of MERAB (1) used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
MICHA (1)ΜιχαmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek, German, Dutch
Form of MICAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament. It is also the German and Dutch form.
MICHAELΜιχαηλmEnglish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name מִיכָאֵל (Mikha'el) meaning "who is like God?". This is a rhetorical question, implying no person is like God. Michael is one of the archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible. In the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament he is named as a protector of Israel. In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament he is portrayed as the leader of heaven's armies in the war against Satan, and is thus considered the patron saint of soldiers in Christianity.... [more]
MIKHAELΜιχαηλmBiblical Greek
Variant transcription of MICHAEL.
MNASONΜνασωνmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Ancient Greek
Possibly means "reminding" in Greek. In Acts in the New Testament Paul stays in Jerusalem with a man named Mnason, a Jew who was originally from Cyprus.
MOUSESΜωυσηςmBiblical Greek
Greek form of MOSES.
NABOUCHODONOSORΝαβουχοδονοσορmBiblical Greek
Greek form of NEBUCHADNEZZAR.
NADABΝαδαβmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "generous" in Hebrew. This is the name of a son of Aaron in the Old Testament. He was consumed by flames and killed when he offered unauthorized fire to God. It was also the name of the second king of Israel.
NAOUMΝαουμmBiblical Greek
Form of NAHUM used in the Greek Old Testament.
NATHANΝαθανmEnglish, French, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name נָתָן (Natan) meaning "he gave". In the Old Testament this is the name of a prophet during the reign of King David. He chastised David for his adultery with Bathsheba and for the death of Uriah the Hittite. Later he championed Solomon as David's successor. This was also the name of a son of David and Bathsheba.... [more]
NATHANAELΝαθαναηλmBiblical, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name נְתַנְאֵל (Netan'el) meaning "God has given", from the elements נָתַן (natan) meaning "to give" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". It is borne by several minor characters in the Old Testament, typically spelled Nethanel or Nethaneel. In the New Testament this is the name of an apostle, probably another name of the apostle called Bartholomew.
NEEMIASΝεεμιαςmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of NEHEMIAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
NEREUSΝηρευςmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Derived from Greek νηρος (neros) meaning "water". In Greek myth this was the name of a god of the sea, the father of the Nereids. It is mentioned briefly in the New Testament, belonging to a Christian in Rome. This was also the name of a Roman saint of the 1st century, a member of the army, who was martyred with his companion Achilleus because they refused to execute Christians.
NIKODEMOSΝικοδημοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Ancient Greek form of NICODEMUS.
NOEΝωεmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of NOAH (1) used in the Greek and Latin Bible.
NOEMINΝωεμινfBiblical Greek
Form of NAOMI (1) used in the Greek Old Testament.
OBEDΩβηδmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "serving, worshipping" in Hebrew. This is the name of several Old Testament characters including the grandfather of David.
ONESIMOSΟνησιμοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Original Greek form of ONESIMUS.
ONESIPHOROSΟνησιφοροςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Original Greek form of ONESIPHORUS.
OSEEΩσηεmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of HOSHEA (and HOSEA) used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
OURBANOSΟυρβανοςmBiblical Greek
Form of URBAN used in the Greek New Testament.
OURIΟυριmBiblical Greek
Form of URI used in the Greek Old Testament.
OURIASΟυριαςmBiblical Greek
Greek form of URIAH.
OZAZIASΟζαζιαςmBiblical Greek
Form of AZAZIAH used in the Greek Bible.
OZIΟζιmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of UZZI used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
OZIASΟζιαςmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of UZZIAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
OZIELΟζιηλmBiblical Greek
Form of UZZIEL used in the Greek Old Testament.
PAULOSΠαυλοςmBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of PAUL.
PERSISΠερσιςfBiblical, Biblical Greek
Greek name meaning "Persian woman". This was the name of a woman mentioned in Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament.
PETROSΠετροςmGreek, Armenian, Biblical Greek
Greek and Armenian form of PETER.
PHANOUELΦανουηλmBiblical Greek
Greek form of PENUEL.
PHARESΦαρεςmBiblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of PEREZ in the Greek and Latin Bible.
PHELIXΦηλιξmBiblical Greek
Form of FELIX used in the Greek New Testament.
PHESTOSΦηστοςmBiblical Greek
Form of FESTUS used in the Greek New Testament.
PHILEMONΦιλημωνmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "affectionate" in Greek, a derivative of φιλημα (philema) "kiss". Philemon was the recipient of one of Paul's epistles in the New Testament.
PHILETOSΦιλητοςmBiblical Greek
Greek form of PHILETUS.
PHILIPPOSΦιλιπποςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of PHILIP.
PHINEESΦινεεςmBiblical Greek
Form of PHINEHAS used in the Greek Old Testament.
PRISKAΠρισκαfGerman, Biblical Greek
German form of PRISCA, as well as the form used in the Greek New Testament.
PRISKILLAΠρισκιλλαfBiblical Greek
Form of PRISCILLA used in the Greek New Testament.
PROCHOROSΠροχοροςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of PROCHORUS.
RACHELΡαχηλfEnglish, Hebrew, French, German, Dutch, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
From the Hebrew name רָחֵל (Rachel) meaning "ewe". In the Old Testament this is the name of the favourite wife of Jacob. Jacob was tricked by her father Laban into marrying her older sister Leah first, though in exchange for seven years of work Laban allowed Jacob to marry Rachel too. Initially barren and facing her husband's anger, she offered her handmaid Bilhah to Jacob to bear him children. Eventually she was herself able to conceive, becoming the mother of Joseph and Benjamin.... [more]
RAPHAELΡαφαηλmGerman, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name רָפָאֵל (Rafa'el) which meant "God heals", from the roots רָפָא (rafa') meaning "to heal" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". In Hebrew tradition Raphael is the name of an archangel. He appears in the Book of Tobit, in which he disguises himself as a man named Azarias and accompanies Tobias on his journey to Media, aiding him along the way. In the end he cures Tobias's father Tobit of his blindness. He is not mentioned in the New Testament, though tradition identifies him with the angel troubling the water in John 5:4.... [more]
REBEKKAΡεβεκκαfGerman, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese, Finnish, Biblical Greek
Cognate of REBECCA. It is also the form used in the Greek Old Testament.
ROUBENΡουβηνmBiblical Greek, Armenian
Biblical Greek form of REUBEN, as well as a variant transcription of Armenian RUBEN.
ROUTHΡουθfBiblical Greek
Greek form of RUTH (1).
SALATHIELΣαλαθιηλmBiblical, Biblical Greek
Greek form of SHEALTIEL. This form is also used in some English versions of the Bible.
SALOMEΣαλωμηfEnglish, German, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From an Aramaic name which was related to the Hebrew word שָׁלוֹם (shalom) meaning "peace". According to the historian Josephus this was the name of the daughter of Herodias (the consort of Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee). In the New Testament, though a specific name is not given, it was a daughter of Herodias who danced for Herod and was rewarded with the head of John the Baptist, and thus Salome and the dancer have traditionally been equated.... [more]
SALOMONΣαλωμωνmFrench, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Biblical French, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
French and Scandinavian form of SOLOMON.
SAMOUELΣαμουηλmBiblical Greek
Form of SAMUEL found in the Greek Old Testament.
SAMPSON (1)ΣαμψωνmBiblical Greek
Greek form of Shimshon (see SAMSON).
SAOULΣαουλmBiblical Greek
Form of SAUL used in the Greek Old Testament.
SAPPHEIREΣαπφειρηfBiblical Greek
Greek form of SAPPHIRA.
SARRAΣαρραfBiblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
Biblical Greek and Latin form of SARAH.
SEMΣημmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Dutch
Form of SHEM used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
SEPPHORAΣεπφωραfBiblical Greek
Greek form of ZIPPORAH.
SETH (1)ΣηθmEnglish, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "placed" or "appointed" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is the third named son of Adam and Eve. In England this name came into use after the Protestant Reformation.
SILASΣιλαςmEnglish, Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Probably a short form of SILVANUS. This is the name of a companion of Saint Paul in the New Testament. Paul refers to him as Silvanus in his epistles, though it is possible that Silas was in fact a Greek form of the Hebrew name SAUL (via Aramaic).... [more]
SILOUANOSΣιλουανοςmBiblical Greek
Form of SILVANUS used in the Greek New Testament.
SIMON (1)ΣιμωνmEnglish, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovene, Romanian, Macedonian, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From Σιμων (Simon), the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name שִׁמְעוֹן (Shim'on) which meant "he has heard". This name is spelled Simeon, based on Greek Συμεων, in many translations of the Old Testament, where it is borne by the second son of Jacob. The New Testament spelling may show influence from the otherwise unrelated Greek name SIMON (2).... [more]
SOUSANNAΣουσανναfBiblical Greek
Greek form of SUSANNA.
STEPHANOSΣτεφανοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek, Greek
Greek form of STEPHEN. In modern Greek it is usually transcribed Stefanos.
SYMEONΣυμεωνmBiblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Old Testament Greek (though occurring rarely in the New Testament) and Latin form of SIMEON.
SYNTYCHEΣυντυχηfBiblical, Biblical Greek, Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek name meaning "common fate". This is the name of a woman mentioned in Paul's epistle to the Philippians in the New Testament.
TABITHAΤαβιθαfEnglish, Biblical, Biblical Greek
Means "gazelle" in Aramaic. Tabitha in the New Testament was a woman restored to life by Saint Peter. Her name is translated into Greek as Dorcas (see Acts 9:36). As an English name, Tabitha became common after the Protestant Reformation. It was popularized in the 1960s by the television show 'Bewitched', in which Tabitha (sometimes spelled Tabatha) is the daughter of the main character.
THADDAIOSΘαδδαιοςmBiblical Greek
Greek form of THADDEUS.
THAMARΘαμαρfBiblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Form of TAMAR used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
THERSAΘερσαfBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of TIRZAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
THOMASΘωμαςmEnglish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Greek form of the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta'oma') which meant "twin". In the New Testament this is the name of an apostle. When he heard that Jesus had risen from the dead he initially doubted the story, until Jesus appeared before him and he examined his wounds himself. According to tradition he was martyred in India. Due to his renown, the name came into general use in the Christian world.... [more]
TIMAIOSΤιμαιοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of TIMAEUS.
TIMONΤιμωνmAncient Greek, Biblical, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Dutch
Derived from Greek τιμαω (timao) meaning "to honour, to esteem". It appears briefly in the New Testament. This is also the name of the main character in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Timon of Athens' (1607).
TIMOTHEOSΤιμοθεοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of TIMOTHY.
TITOSΤιτοςmBiblical Greek
Form of TITUS used in the Greek New Testament.
TOBIASΤωβιαςmBiblical, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Greek form of TOBIAH. This is the name of the hero of the apocryphal Book of Tobit, which appears in many English versions of the Old Testament. It relates how Tobit's son Tobias, with the help of the angel Raphael, is able to drive away a demon who has plagued Sarah, who subsequently becomes his wife. This story was popular in the Middle Ages, and the name came into occasional use in parts of Europe at that time. In England it became common after the Protestant Reformation.
TOBITHΤωβιθmBiblical Greek
Greek form of TOBIT.
TRYPHAINAΤρυφαιναfBiblical Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of TRYPHENA.
TRYPHOSAΤρυφωσαfBiblical, Biblical Greek, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek τρυφη (tryphe) meaning "softness, delicacy". In the New Testament this name is mentioned briefly as belonging to a companion of Tryphena.
ZABOULONΖαβουλωνmBiblical Greek
Greek form of ZEBULUN.
ZACHARIASΖαχαριαςmBiblical, Biblical Greek, Greek
Greek form of ZECHARIAH. This form of the name is used in most English versions of the New Testament to refer to the father of John the Baptist. It was also borne by an 8th-century pope (called Zachary in English).
ZAKCHAIOSΖακχαιοςmBiblical Greek
Form of ZACCHAEUS used in the Greek New Testament.
ZEBEDAIOSΖεβεδαιοςmBiblical Greek
New Testament Greek form of ZEBEDEE.
ZELPHAΖελφαfBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of ZILPAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
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