Ancient Near Eastern Submitted Names

These names were used in the ancient Near East. That is, by the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Canaanites, Phoenicians and others. Listed separately are Ancient Egyptian names and Ancient Persian names.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Abba m Ancient Aramaic, Hebrew, Jewish
Derived from Aramaic אבא (’abā’) meaning "father", which is ultimately derived from Proto-Semitic ʾab meaning "father".
Abdes m Ancient Aramaic (Latinized)
The name is formed with the word Abd "servant (of)" and Es which is less clear. It may refer to Yah, the Judeo-Christian God, making the name a variant of Abdias, or to the Egyptian goddess Isis.... [more]
Abgar m Ancient Aramaic
Abgar was the name of several kings of Edessa (today: Şanlıurfa, Turkey).... [more]
Abid m Babylonian
Bangladesh name
Abriyah f Ancient Hebrew (Rare)
Means "one who loves God".
Acar m Ancient Aramaic
One who troubles.
Ahaziah m Ancient Hebrew
Meaning "holds fast" or "held by God" depending on translation.
Ahiqar m Ancient Aramaic
From the Aramaic name hyqr meaning "My brother is precious". ... [more]
Alaksandu m Hittite (Archaic)
Ancient Hittite form of Alexandros (see Alexander). This was the name of a Wilusan king who signed a treaty with the Hittite kings Muwatalli II and Mursuli II.
Aleyin m Near Eastern Mythology, Phoenician
A Phoenician god of springs and vegetation.
Alue m Ancient Hebrew
Alue is the Hebrew for Adored and has been given usually to the fairest male in the family origins for this name predate the bible and has been carried by word of mouth as a pet name.
Alulim m Sumerian
Means "stag" in Sumerian. This was the name of the first king of Sumer.
Amman m Ancient Hebrew
The given name of the second son of Lot, (The Veil), by his younger daughter meaning "Son of my Race" or "Son of my People. The father of the Ammanites, (AKA Ammonites). ... [more]
Ammihud m Ancient Hebrew
The father of Elishama in Numbers 7.
Aqiba m Ancient Aramaic
Aramaic form of Jacob.
Arba m Ancient Hebrew (Archaic)
Means "four" in Hebrew.
Arinniti f Ancient Near Eastern
Hittite name meaning "lady of the forest", from Sanskrit aranya meaning "forest". This name was given to the Sun Goddess of Arinna. Also connected to the Vedic goddess Aranyani.
Ariyah f Ancient Hebrew
Feminine form of Ari 1.
Ashurnasirpal m Ancient Assyrian
Means "the god Ashur is the protector of the heir" in Assyrian, from the Akkadian Aššur-nāṣir-apli. ... [more]
Ashur-uballit m Ancient Assyrian
Meaning unknown, but refers to the god Ashur.... [more]
Aspashini m Akkadian
Akkadian form of Aspačanā.
Avihud m Ancient Hebrew
Meaning "My Father is glorious" in reference to God.
Avira m Ancient Aramaic (Rare, ?)
This name is listed in Kolatch's Complete Dictionary of English and Hebrew Names (1984), where it is given an Aramaic origin, meaning "air, atmosphere, spirit." It was the name of a Babylonian Talmudic scholar.
Azareel m Ancient Hebrew
Means "God helps" in Hebrew.
Babatha f Ancient Aramaic
Babatha is the name of a Jewish woman who owned land near Petra (modern Jordan) and En-Gedi (modern Israel) in the 2nd century AD. Because her personal documents were preserved, much of her personal life is known today.
Barabbas m Ancient Aramaic (Hellenized), Biblical
Hellenized form of bar-Abbâ, which means "son of Abba" in Aramaic, derived from Aramaic bar meaning "son" combined with the Aramaic given name Abba... [more]
Barbea f Ancient Near Eastern (Latinized)
The name of an early Christian martyr from Edessa (today: Şanlıurfa, Turkey).
Barsoum m Ancient Aramaic
Means "son of fasting". It is more common as a surname, but appears occasionally as a given name. St. Barsoum El Erian was a Coptic saint in the thirteenth century.
Bathsua f Ancient Hebrew
Means "daughter of abundance".... [more]
Bat-zabbai f Ancient Aramaic
Means "daughter of Zabbai" in Aramaic. This was the native Palmyrene name of Septimia Zenobia (see Zenobia).
Boanerges m Ancient Aramaic
The name that Jesus gave to James and John in the book of Mark, meaning the "sons of thunder".
Bruria f Hebrew, Ancient Aramaic (?)
Allegedly means "pure" in Aramaic. This was the name of a 2nd-century female scholar; she was the wife of Rabbi Meir, one of Rabbi Akiva's disciples. It was also borne by Israeli theoretical physicist Bruria Kaufman (1918-2010).
Chushan m & f Ancient Hebrew
Meaning "Kushite."
Cucuphas m Phoenician
Phoenician origin with the meaning of "he who jokes" or "he who likes to joke". Saint Cucuphas is a is a martyr of Spain who lived from roughly 269 A.D. to 304 A.D. ... [more]
Darimush m Akkadian
Akkadian form of Darius.
Ea-nasir m Akkadian
Meaning unknown. This was the name of an ancient Akkadian merchant whose customer, a man named Nanni, wrote to him the oldest known written complaint.
Eashoa m Ancient Aramaic
Ancient Aramaic form of Latin/Greek " Jesus ", Hebrew " Yeshua " & Arabic " Isa ". Presently thought as Jesus's given name in his perceived native language.
Ediyn f Ancient Hebrew
Hebrew variant of Eden
Elisav m & f Ancient Hebrew
Very old and rare Hebrew form of ELIZABETH. ELISHEVA is a more modern form of the same name and usually used for females.
Elpalet m Ancient Hebrew
Means "God delivers" in Hebrew.
Emet m & f Ancient Hebrew, English
Means "truth" in Hebrew.
Enpap-X m Sumerian
Possibly one of the earliest names recorded. He was mentioned on a tablet dated 3200-3100 BC. He was one of two Sumerian slaves owned by Gal-Sal.
Ephron m Ancient Hebrew
Means "small deer" in Hebrew.
Erra m Babylonian
The Babylonian god of war, death, and other disasters. He may be identified with Nergal, the god of death. Erra expressed death himself symbolically by his continuous lethargy as he lay in a drunken stupor... [more]
Esarhaddon m Ancient Assyrian, Literature
Means "Ashur has given a brother to me" in Assyrian, from the Akkadian Aššur-ahhe-iddina.... [more]
Etana m Sumerian
The thirteenth god-king of the Sumerian dynasty ruling the city of Kish. He was appointed by Anu himself. Etana had no son and prayed daily to Shamash, the sun-god, to grant him a child... [more]
Gal-Sal m Sumerian
Possibly one of the earliest names recorded. It occurs on a tablet dated ca 3200-3100 BC. Gal-Sal was a slave owner.
Gerar m & f Ancient Hebrew
Also Gerara, (LXX). Name of the land in which Abimelech dwelt. Genesis 20:2.
Ghiwarghis m Ancient Aramaic
Aramaic form of Georgios (see George). It is given among Eastern Christians to honouring Saint George.
Gilukhipa f Hurrian
Hurrian feminine name meaning "The sun goddess Hepa is my strength".
Hanno m Ancient Near Eastern
Hanno, probably derived from Punic hann "grace", was a common Carthaginian name.
Harim m Ancient Hebrew
Meaning "with pierced nose." May also mean "destroyed" or "dedicated to God" depending on your source.
Hosa m Ancient Hebrew
Meaning, "as many" or "all."
Hoshama m Ancient Hebrew
Meaning "God hears."
Idra f Ancient Aramaic
Means "fig tree" in Aramaic.
Idrimi m Ancient Near Eastern
Meaning unknown.... [more]
Ieshua m Ancient Aramaic
"God is protection"
Ilaba'is-takal m Akkadian
Meaning unknown. A noted bearer is Ilaba'is-takal, an Akkadian prince (23rd century BCE), the son of King Sargon of Akkad (Sargon the Great) and Queen Tashlultum, brother of Enheduanna, Rimush, and Manishtushu, and uncle of Naram-Sin.
Irkab-damu m Ancient Near Eastern
Name Of an Elamite King
Jahdiel m Ancient Hebrew
Means "God gladdens" in Hebrew.
Janai m Ancient Hebrew
Meaning "God answers."
Jasiel m & f Biblical Hebrew, Ancient Hebrew
A biblical name meaning "whom God made" (asah to make or do + 'el God). Jaasiel was a warrior mentioned in 1 Chronicles 11:47 among the "valiant men of the armies" (1 Chronicles 11:26) under David. Also said to be a "hero of David" (Brown-Driver-Briggs)... [more]
Jehaleel m Ancient Hebrew
Meaning "God is praised."
Jehdeiah m Ancient Hebrew
Meaning "God gladdens."
Jehial m Ancient Hebrew
Variant spelling of Jehiel.
Jehoahaz m Ancient Hebrew
Meaning "God holds fast." Diminutive is Ahaz.
Joezer m Ancient Hebrew
Meaning "Yahweh is help."
Kepha m Ancient Aramaic
From the Aramaic word כיפא kepha meaning "rock, stone" (see Cephas).
Kiya f Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Near Eastern
Meaning uncertain. Could be a contraction or diminutive of the Mitanni name Tadukhipa, or possibly a variant of the Ancient Egyptian word for "monkey"... [more]
Kushim m Sumerian
Kushim is possibly the earliest given name recorded. He is mentioned on the Kushim Tablet (ca 3200 BC). He was probably a scribe or a kind of "accountant" among Sumerians.
Kybêbê f Ancient Near Eastern
Older Ionian Greek form of Cybele.
Lilwanis f Hittite
Hittite form of Lelwani.
Maccabee m Ancient Aramaic (Anglicized), Mormon
The name of an ancient Jewish warrior, Judah Maccabee, meaning "the hammer". ... [more]
Mago m Ancient Near Eastern
An Ancient Phoenician (Punic) name, borne by three kings of Carthago, by a brother of Hannibal, and by a Punic writer.
Maliawašḫi f Ancient Near Eastern
Ancient Assyrian feminine given name recorded in 18th century BC Assyrian documents from Kültepe. It may derive from the name of the goddess Maliya and potentially (w)ashib meaning "dweller, person who dwells in" or "of".
Mamre m Ancient Hebrew
The name of an Amorite ally of Abraham, owner of some famous great trees at or near Hebron.
Manishtushu m Akkadian
Meaning unknown.... [more]
Marqos m Ancient Aramaic
Aramaic form of Mark.
Mausolus m Ancient Near Eastern, Carian (Hellenized), History (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Μαύσωλος (Mausōlos), which is a variant spelling of Maussollos, a hellenization of a Carian masculine compound name... [more]
Monobaz m Ancient Near Eastern
Monobaz I (also known as Bazeus or Monobazus) was king of the neo Assyrian Parthian client state of Adiabene in the 20s and 30s of the 1st century CE.
Montierth f & m Ancient Hebrew
Montierth means "Great and well-rooted is the mountain which instructs the light", it also means the "light will flow from the mountain like a spring". It is a corrupted variant to refer to the mountain used by Moses in his interactions with God... [more]
Mursili m Ancient Near Eastern
The name of three Hittite kings.
Nahash m & f Jewish, Ancient Hebrew
Means "snake" in Hebrew, from the vocabulary noun נָחָשׁ (nachash or nāḥāš).... [more]
Naqi'a f Ancient Near Eastern
Of unknown meaning or origin.... [more]
Nehorai m & f Hebrew, Ancient Hebrew
From the Aramaic root nehora, meaning "light". Rabbi Nehorai was the name of one of the Tannaim.
Ninella f Sumerian
A name for Ninella as "lady of the earth".... [more]
Nisroch m Biblical Hebrew, Greek Mythology, Ancient Aramaic
Nisroch is the Assyrian god of agriculture, in whose temple king Sennacherib was worshipping when he was assassinated by his own sons in revenge for the destruction of Babylon. (2 Kings 19:37; Isa. 37:38)... [more]
Nohra m Ancient Aramaic
Means "light" in Aramaic. This was the name of a Maronite saint.
Nusku m Babylonian, Ancient Assyrian
Meaning unknown. Nusku was the god of light and fire in ancient Mesopotamian religion.
Onan m Ancient Hebrew
Power, Strength, Hebrew origin.
Pygmalion m Phoenician (Hellenized), Greek Mythology
Hellenized form of the Phoenician theophoric name Pu'mayyaton or Pu'myatan, which means "Pumay has given" or "the gift of Pumay" in Phoenician. However, it should be noted that there are two sources that claim that the meaning is "the tallest Pumay" and a few other sources that claim that the name consists of the god's name and the epithet 'eljon or geljon, which probably corresponds to the Hebrew religious epithet Elyon meaning "the most high, the highest"... [more]
Qardagh m Ancient Aramaic
Meaning and origin unknown. He is a 4th saint venerated in Chaldean Catholic Church, Assyrian Church of the East, Syro-Malabar Church. Mar Qardagh (Mar means "lord" and it's like "holy"a honorific title) was a Sassanid prince who was martyred for converting to Christianity... [more]
Qareh m Ancient Near Eastern
Means "the bald one" in a Semitic language, possibly Phoenician.
Qeshet f & m Ancient Hebrew
Ancient Hebrew transcription of Keshet.
Quriaqos m Ancient Aramaic
Aramaic and Assyrian form of Quiricus.
Radah m & f Ancient Hebrew
to rule, have dominion, dominate, tread down... [more]
Ramina f Ancient Assyrian
Feminine form of Rama.
Raushanna f Ancient Hebrew
Meaning "Splendid One."
Razili f Ancient Hebrew
Ancient Hebrew name meaning "the Lord's secret."
Rimush m Akkadian
Meaning unknown. A noted bearer is Rimush, an Akkadian king (c.2280 BCE), the second king of the Akkadian empire, son of King Sargon of Akkad and Queen Tashlultum, brother of Manishtushu, and uncle of Naram-Sin.
Sahdona m Ancient Aramaic
Means "little martyr" in Aramaic.
Salampsio f Ancient Hebrew (Hellenized)
Hellenized form of the Hebrew name Shalom-zion "peace of Zion". The name "Shalom Zion" was used by the Judean royal family in the Roman period and is variously modified in rabbinical literature... [more]
Samyaza m Ancient Aramaic, Biblical Greek, Jewish Legend
This is the name of a fallen angel in the Book of Enoch who is portrayed as the leader of a band of angels called the Watchers that lust after mortal women and become fallen angels.
Sara'el f Ancient Hebrew (Rare)
Sara'el is a female given name meaning, "Princess of God" in Hebrew.
Sarbel m Ancient Near Eastern
The name of an early Christian martyr from Edessa (today: Şanlıurfa, Turkey).
Shabaka m Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Near Eastern
He was a Kushite pharaoh of the 25th Dynasty of Egypt (c.721 BCE - c.707 BCE). The Kingdom of Kush was an ancient African kingdom in what is now the Republic of Sudan.
Shaphat m Ancient Hebrew
Means "God judges" in Hebrew.
Shaqilath f History, Ancient Near Eastern
Etymology unknown. This was the name of two queens of the Nabataeans.
She'ila m Ancient Aramaic
Aramaic form of Silas.
Shelomith f Ancient Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
In the Bible she was a daughter of Dibri of the house of Dan.
Shelumiel m Ancient Hebrew, Hebrew (Archaic)
Numbers 1:6 mentions that Shelumiel is the son of Zurishaddai the Simeonite. It means "Peace of God" in Hebrew, derived from Hebrew word, שָׁלוֹם (shalom) "peace, welfare, wholeness" combined with the word אֵל (El), which means "God".
Shemai m Ancient Hebrew
Means "hear" or "listen", from the Hebrew shema. See Shemaiah.
Shiia m Ancient Hebrew
Derivative Of Joshua.
Shu-enlil m Akkadian
Meaning uncertain, but related to the god Enlil.... [more]
Sophonisba f Ancient Near Eastern (Latinized), History, Literature
A classical rendering of the original Carthaginian name Saphanba'al, possibly meaning "Ba'al has sheltered her", from the Punic element saphan "sheltered" combined with the name of the god Ba'al... [more]
Sukkalgir m Sumerian
Possibly one of the earliest names recorded. His name occurs on a tablet dated 3200-3100 BC. He was one of two Sumerian slaves of Gal-Sal.
Tadukhipa f Ancient Near Eastern
From Hurrian Tadu-Hepa, in which the second element is the name of the sun goddess Hepa (also transcribed Hebat, Heba, Kheba, Khepat or Hepatu). This was the name of a princess of the Mitanni kingdom in northern Mesopotamia, who married the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III at the very end of his reign and later became one of the wives of Akhenaten (when he took over his father's royal harem)... [more]
Tapputi f Babylonian
Tapputi, or Tapputi-Butt, is the earliest known chemist. She distilled and mixed perfumes and was overseer of the royal palacein Babylonian Mesopotamia ca. 1200 BCE.
Tašmetu-šarrat f Ancient Near Eastern
Ancient Mesopotamian feminine given name meaning "Tašmetu is queen". This was the name of a wife of the ancient Assyrian king Sennacherib.
Tavi m & f Ancient Hebrew
Means "good" in Hebrew.
Tazrzît f Babylonian
Means "brooch" in Tamazight.
Thaddai m Ancient Aramaic
Aramaic form of Thaddeus.
Turgunu-Sanga m Sumerian
Turgunu-Sanga (3100 BC) seems to have been a Sumerian accountant for the Turgunu family. His names is one of the earliest names recorded.
Xiamara f Ancient Aramaic
Means "joyful deer" in Aramaic.
Yachouh m & f Ancient Aramaic, Arabic
Aramaic form of Jesus.
Yohanan m Ancient Aramaic
Aramaic forn of Yochanan.
Yolitha f Ancient Aramaic
Aramaic and Assyrian form of Julitta.
Yonoton m Ancient Hebrew
Contracted form of Yehonatan.
Zachriel m Ancient Hebrew (Rare)
The Angel of Memory in all three of the main Abrahamic faiths.
Zakutu f Akkadian
Akkadian form of Naqi'a.
Zelan m Ancient Hebrew
It means 'spiritually'.
Zisutra m Sumerian, Near Eastern Mythology
Variant of Ziusudra. A Sumerian priest-king during the great flood.
Ziusudra m Near Eastern Mythology, Sumerian
Meaning, "life of long days." The name of a king listed in the Sumerian king list; listed as the last king of Sumer prior to the deluge and subsequently recorded as the hero of the Sumerian flood epic... [more]