50 powerful biblical names to give your baby - Their origins and meanings

Check out the origins and meanings of 50 female and male biblical names - with a few variations.

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  • Before naming your child after a significant biblical character, it is imperative to know at least some information about their life and what their name actually means.

  • Here are the origins and meanings of 50 male and female biblical names - with a few variations.

  • Girls

  • 1. Abigail

  • Source: 1 Samuel 25:3

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Father of Exaltation"

  • 2. Hagar

  • Source: Genesis 16:1

  • Origin: Egyptian/Semitic

  • Meaning: "Foreigner," "the one who escaped" or "flight"

  • 3. Ana/Anna/Hannah

  • Source: I Samuel 2:1

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Favor" or "grace"

  • 4. Claudia

  • Source: Matthew 27:19

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: "Enclosure" or "haven"

  • 5. Deborah

  • Source: Judges 4:4

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Bee"

  • 6. Diná/Dinah

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  • Source: Genesis 34: 1

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Judgment"

  • 7. Esther

  • Source: Book of Esther

  • Origin: Persian

  • Meaning: "Star"

  • 8. Eunice

  • Source: 2 Timothy 1:5

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: "Good" or "victory"

  • 9. Eva/Eve

  • Source: Genesis 3:20

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Gathering," "declaration" or "humility"

  • 10. Isabel

  • Source: Luke 1:13

  • Origin: Variation of the Hebrew name "Elisabeth."

  • Meaning:"God is oath" or "consecrated of God"

  • 11. Joana/Johanna

  • Source: Luke 24:10

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "God has been gracious"

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  • 12. Lia/Leia/Leah

  • Source: Genesis 29:17

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Weary"

  • 13. Lydia

  • Source: Acts 1:14

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: "From the almond tree"

  • 14. Magdalene

  • Source: John 20:18

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Tower of God"

  • 15. Mary

  • Source: Matthew 1:16

  • Origin: Greek name that comes from the Hebrew name "Miriam"

  • Meaning: Many meanings have been attributed to this name, including "myrrh" and "stubbornness."

  • 16. Martha

  • Source: Luke 10:40

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Lady," "woman of the boss" or "housewife"

  • 17. Miriam

  • Source: Micah 6:4

  • Origin: Egyptian

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  • Meaning: "bitter" or "myrrh"

  • 18. Naomi

  • Source: Ruth 2:1

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Delightful" or "delight of the Lord"

  • 19. Priscilla

  • Source: Romans 16:3

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: "Longevity"

  • 20. Rachel

  • Source: Genesis 29:18

  • Origin: Unsure, but one of the Semitic languages

  • Meaning: "Female sheep or ewe"

  • 21. Rebecca

  • Source: Genesis 24:60

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Tied" or "secure"

  • 22. Ruth

  • Source: Book of Ruth

  • Origin: Unknown

  • Meaning: Since the origin of the name is unknown, there is a lot of speculation about its meaning. Some have suggested Ruth means "friend," "old lady" or "companion."

  • 23. Sara/Sarah/Sarai

  • Source: Genesis 17:15

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Princess" or "noble lady"

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  • 24. Tabitha

  • Source: Acts 9:36

  • Origin: It is the Aramaic name of Dorcas.

  • Meaning: "Gazelle" or "elegant"

  • 25. Talita

  • Source: Mark 5:41

  • Origin: Aramaic

  • Meaning: It's not a proper name in the Bible, but it means "little girl."

  • BOYS

  • 1. Abel

  • Source: Genesis 4:2

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Stream"

  • 2. Abraham

  • Source: Genesis 12:1-2

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "His strength"

  • 3. Adam

  • Source: Genesis 2:7

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Living man"

  • 4. Ben-Hur

  • Source: I Kings 4:8

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Son of Ur"

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  • 5. Benjamin

  • Source: Genesis 35:24

  • Origin: It comes from the Hebrew word Ben-iamin

  • Meaning: "Son of the right hand" or "beloved"

  • 6. Caleb

  • Source: Numbers 32:12

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Dog"

  • 7. Carmel

  • 1 Kings 18:20

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Fruitful field"

  • 8. Daniel

  • Source: The Book of Daniel

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "God is my judge"

  • 9. David

  • Source: I Samuel 16:13

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "The beloved"

  • 10. Emanuel

  • Source: Matthew 1:23

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "God is with us"

  • 11. Enoch

  • Source: Genesis 5:22

  • Origin: Hebrew

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  • Meaning: "Started" or "dedicated"

  • 12. Stephen/Estevan

  • Source: Acts 6:18

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: "Crown"

  • 13. Felipe

  • Source: John 1:44

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: "He who leans on his military complex"

  • 14. Gabriel

  • Source: Luke 1:26

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Man of God"

  • 15. Isaac/Isaac

  • Source: 1 Chronicles 1:34

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "He will laugh"

  • 16. Israel

  • Source: Genesis 46:1

  • Origin: Unknown

  • Meaning: "He will be a prince with God" or "God's governor"

  • 17. Jacob

  • Source: Genesis 46:2

  • Origin: From the Latin name Iacubus

  • Meaning: "Supplanter" or "he who holds the heel"

  • 18. John/Johann

  • Source: 1 John

  • Origin: Hebrew

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  • Meaning: "The Lord is gracious"

  • 19. Joseph

  • Source: Genesis 37:3

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "He (God) will add," "increaser" or "may God add"

  • 20. Joshua

  • Source: Book of Joshua

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "The Lord is salvation"

  • 21. Levi

  • Source: Genesis 35:23

  • Origin: The origin of this word is disputed. But experts have narrowed it down to Minaean word for "priest" or from the Hebrew word "iawa" which means "to join."

  • Meaning: "Joined"

  • 22. Mathew/Matheus

  • Source: Matthew 9:9

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: "Gift of the Lord"

  • 23. Moses

  • Source: Numbers 20:6

  • Origin: It could be from the Latin name "Mosheh," but it also might come from the Egyptian word for water.

  • Meaning: "He who extracts" or "he who draws out of the waters"

  • 24. Samuel

  • Source: 1 Samuel 3:4

  • Origin: Hebrew

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  • Meaning: "Heard of God" or "name of God"

  • 25. James

  • Source: Acts 1:13

  • Origin: Derived from the Hebrew name "Ya'akov" (Jacob)

  • Meaning: James doesn't have a meaning, but Jacob means "Supplanter" or "he who holds the heel."

  • This is a translation and adaptation of the original article, "50 nomes bíblicos poderosos para dar a seu bebê - suas origens e significados," published on familia.com.br.

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Erika Strassburger is Brazilian, mother of three cute and funny boys. She earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration 20 years ago. Now, she works as a freelance writer and translator. She loves oil painting and ventures sometimes in this artistic work.

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