ABAGTHAאבגתאmBiblical, 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.
ABI-ALBONmBiblical Means "father of strength". In the Bible, this was one of David's thirty warriors.
ABIASAPHאביאסףmBiblical Hebrew The name Abiasaph consists of two parts. The first element is the same as the name ABI, which occurs only as a feminine name in the Bible. It comes, however, from a word that's used most frequently as element of names, namely אב (ab), meaning "father" added to the verb אסף (asap), meaning "to gather." In totality, meaning "my father has gathered."
ABIEZERאֲבִיעֵ֫זֶרmBiblical 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.
ABIHAILm & fBiblical Hebrew Means "my father is might" or "my father is strength" in Hebrew, from אָבִי ('avi) "my father" and חיל (khayil), which is related to the word חייל (khayal) "soldier"... [more]
ABIHUDmBiblical Means "the father is glory" or "father of glory". It is the name of two characters in the Bible.
ABINADABאֲבִינָדָבmBiblical 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.
ACHITOPHELאֲחִיתֹ֫פֶלmBiblical, 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.
ACHSAfBiblical Latin Variant of ACHSAH used in some versions of the Old Testament, including the Vulgate and the Douay-Rheims Bible. It was borne by American spiritualist Achsa W. Sprague (1827-1862), a popular trance medium lecturer in the 1850s.
ACHSAHfBiblical, 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.
ADBEELעַבְדְּאֵלmBiblical 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.
ADIELעדיאלm & fBiblical, Hebrew Means "ornament of God" or possibly "God passes by". This is the name of several characters in the Bible.
ADMATHAmBiblical 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.
ADNAHעַדְנָהmBiblical The name comes from the Hebrew noun עדן ('eden), meaning "luxury", "delight", or "pleasure".... [more]
ADNAHעַדְנָחmBiblical 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]
AENONmBiblical 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]
AGEEmBiblical Hebrew Agee was the father of SHAMMAH, who was one of DAVID's mighty men (II Samuel 23:11). Based on interpretations of I Chronicles 11:34 and II Samuel 23:32-33 Agee was either the grandfather of JONATHAN or his brother.
AGURmBiblical Means "stranger" or "gathered together" in Hebrew. In the Bible, he is a son of Jakeh and a contributor to Proverbs.
AHASUERUSmBiblical, 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]
AHAZאָחָזmBiblical Meaning "has held," is a diminutive of JEHOAHAZ, meaning "Yahweh has held." He was king of Judah, and the son and successor of JOTHAM... [more]
AHINADABאחינדבmBiblical Hebrew Meaning, "My Brother Is Noble." Son of IDDO, is one of the twelve commissariat officers appointed by SOLOMON in so many districts of his kingdom to raise supplies by monthly rotation for his household... [more]
AHLAIאַחְלָֽיm & fBiblical 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]
AIJALONm & fBiblical, 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.
AMIELmBiblical, 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.
AMINADABעַמִּינָדָבmMormon (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]
AMMImJewish, 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]
AMMINADIBmBiblical Hebrew A person mentioned in the Old Testament in Song of SOLOMON 6:12, whose chariots were famed for their swiftness. Commentaries on the meaning differ, some stating the meaning is "my princely people" or "my willing people."
AMMIZABADעמיזבדmBiblical Hebrew Ammizabad was the son of BENAIAH, who was the third and chief captain of the host under DAVID(1 Chronicles 27:6). The first part of our name comes from the root 'mm, from whence stems the word 'umma, meaning "tribe" or "people." The root-verb zabad means "to give" or "bestow." Therefore, it possibly means, "to bestow on people."
AMRAPHELmBiblical, 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.
AMZIאמציmBiblical 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]
ANAELאָנָּאֵלm & fJudeo-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 "YAHWEH"); alternatively the first element may be related to chanah "favour, grace" (making it a relative of HANANIAH and perhaps a form of HANNIEL or Channiel)... [more]
ANATHOTHעֲנָתוֹתmBiblical, 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.
APOLLOSmBiblical 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.
ARAUNAHאֲרַוְנָהmBiblical 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]
ARDארדmBiblical Hebrew Ard was the tenth son of BENJAMIN in Genesis 46:21. It is relatively unusual among Hebrew names for ending in a cluster of two consonants instead of as a segholate.
ARTEMASmAncient 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]
ASHBELאשבלmBiblical 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).
ASHIMAאֲשִׁימָאfBiblical Hebrew Means "the name, portion, or lot" depending on context. Possibly from the Semitic šmt 'charge, duty, function'. Also known as Ashim-Yahu, Ashima-Yaho, and Ashim-Beth-El... [more]
ASHKENAZmBiblical Ashkenaz is the first son of Gomer, and a Japhetic patriarch in the Table of Nations.
ASHNAHfBiblical The name of a city either near Palestine or near Bethlehem, mentioned in the Bible
ASMODAImBiblical, 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]
ATSALYAHUאֲצַלְיָ֫הוּmBiblical Hebrew Means "YAHWEH has reserved" or "Yahweh has set aside" in Hebrew, which some sources appear to believe indicates to a figurative meaning of "(being kept) near to God"... [more]
ATTAIעַתַּיmBiblical 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]
AZMAVETHעַזְמָוֶתmBiblical 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]
BABYLONfBiblical 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]
BARSHEBAfAmerican, 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.
BARTIMAEUSmBiblical Latinized form of Bartimaios, which is a hybrid Hebrew-Greek name meaning "son of TIMAEUS", consisting of Hebrew bar "son" and the personal name TIMAEUS... [more]
BARZILLAIבַּרְזִלָּיmBiblical, 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]
BATCHÉBAfBiblical French This form of BATHSHEBA is used in the Nouvelle Français courant (NFC) translation of the Bible. Batcheba Louis is a Haitian soccer player.
BATHSHUAבַּתשֿׁוּעַfBiblical 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]
BENONIבֶּן־אוֹנִיmBiblical 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).
BETHABARAfBiblical, 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).
BETSALELmHebrew, 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.
BEZALELmBiblical 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.
BIDKARבדקרmBiblical 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]
CHERITHכְּרִיתfBiblical 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-RISHATHAIMכּוּשַׁן רִשְׁעָתַיִםmBiblical 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.
COZmBiblical 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.
COZBIכָּזְבִּיfBiblical 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.
CUSHכּוּשׁmBiblical The eldest son of HAM, who was a son of Noah. He was the brother of MIZRAIM (Egypt), CANAAN (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.
DEUELדְּעוּאֵלmBiblical Hebrew Means "known by God" in Hebrew. In the Bible, he was the father of ELIASAPH and the leader of the Tribe of Gad, as noted in five verses in the Book of Numbers, beginning with Numbers 1:14.
DIBLAIMדִּבְלָ֫יִםfBiblical Means "cakes of pressed figs". In the bible, this was the mother of the prophet HOSEA's wife, GOMER.
DIBRImBiblical Hebrew Dibri of the house of Dan was the father of SHELOMITH, according to Leviticus 24:11. Shelomith's son was stoned to death by the people of Israel for blasphemy following MOSES' issue of a ruling on the penalty to be applied for blasphemy.
DODAVAHUדוֹדָוָהוּmBiblical 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.
DODOmBiblical From Hebrew dodho (or dodhay) meaning "beloved" (see DAVID). In the Old Testament this name was borne by several minor characters.
DUMAHדומהmBiblical, 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.
EBED-MELECHעֶבֶד-מֶלֶךְmBiblical Hebrew The name is translated as "Servant of the King," and as such may not be his proper name but a hereditary title.
EBERעברmBiblical 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.