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Choosing a Biblical Baby Name

Updated on April 18, 2007

Think about how much tradition you can pack into a name borrowed from the Bible. Biblical baby names offer a timeless quality you just don't get with Chase and Tiffany. These names never go out of fashion. You don't have to stick with Peter, Paul and Mary either. There are plenty of lesser-used Biblical names to choose from as well. For example:

  • For Boys: Adin, Darius, Gabriel, Levi
  • For Girls: Bethany, Calah, Rachel, Dinah

Meanings of Biblical Baby Names

You'll want to consider the meanings associated with Biblical names just as you would for non-Biblical names. Biblical names carry a double punch because you've got to consider not only the literal meaning of the name, but also the connotation it has based on it's Biblical context or story affiliation.

Boys names are easier to find in the Bible because, well - boys just had better press back then. It's interesting to note that while Adam is an extremely popular name, Eve hasn't quite caught on so well. Hmm. Will we ever forgive poor Eve? Does the name conjure sin and temptation? Think about that and make sure you know the Biblical story when choosing a name.

Some people choose a Biblical name hoping it will give the child a spiritual leg up later in life. But others just like the sound of a particular name and aren't concerned with its history or connotation.

Some names are Biblically inspired. After Gwyneth Paltrow named her daughter Apple she told Oprah Winfrey didn't understand why she was getting so much attention over the it. Paltrow told Winfrey that, "It conjured such a lovely picture for me -- you know, apples are so sweet and they're wholesome and it's Biblical -- and I just thought it sounded so lovely and clean."

Bibilical? I suppose you may want to name your child River too, but I'm not sure that counts as a Biblical name. Now Jordan, that's a bit more mainstream.

Biblical Names On the Rise?

If you compare names in 2005 to those a hundred years ago, there is a huge increase in Bibilical baby names. Trend or phase? Who knows, but one thing is sure, Biblical baby names are not going away anytime soon. If you want your baby's name to stand the test of time, go Biblical.

See for yourself at

While you're there you can search for all different kinds of names by different time periods. It's pretty neat.

Experiment and Enjoy. Make a list and try out different first and middle name combinations with your last name. While it's fine to poll friends and family for their opinions, don't be easily influenced. This decision belongs to the parents. There are countless books, websites, and even software programs available to help you choose the best baby name. Don't forget to have fun!

And remember, if you're interested in a traditional name, you can't go wrong with a Biblical name.

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    LondonGirl 9 years ago from London

    I agree with you - my son is "Isaac".