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Biblical Names for Boys

Updated on February 16, 2014

Some parents choose a more unusual name for their sons, in some culture; they require a strong, familiar name for boys.

If the idea of a biblical name with a sense of tradition appeals to you, the names from the Old testaments or the New Testaments have incredible character and qualities that you may find as a parent favorable for your baby.

I know that choosing a baby name is a dilemma that expectant couple encounter, to help you, here is a list of biblical names for boys with their meaning. I hope this will help and guide future parents in choosing a name for their baby boy.

You may also wish to further research the figures behind the names and their fascinating stories or revisit your favorite scripture for a name choice.

1. AARON

ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: high mountain or mountaineer

In the Bible Aaron, Moses older brother was Israel first high priest, whose main role was to assist Moses. He served as spokesman for Moses.

2. ADAM

ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: closely related to the word for ‘man’

In the Bible, Adam was the first man created by God.

3. ANDREW

ORIGIN: Greek - MEANING: Manly Brave

One of the twelve apostles and the brother of Simon Peter. A fisherman like his brother he had an important role in introducing people to Jesus (John 1:35-42). With his brother Simon Peter he responded to Christ’s summons to become ‘fisher’s of people” Andrew became one of the leaders of the disciples and played a role at the miracles of the feeding of the five thousand men people with five loaves and two fish.

4. BENJAMIN

ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: Son of the right hand

Jacob’s youngest son, whose mother Rachel died in childbirth. Though initially kept at home when his brothers went to Egypt to find food, he became the means by which Joseph was reconciled to his brothers. Also a tribute of the tribe descended from Benjamin from whom Esther and the apostle Paul came.

5. EMMANUEL

ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: God is with us.

Another name for the Messiah, this name is both the Old and the New testaments. The use of this name for Jesus Christ shows that he brought presence to earth when he was born. (Matthew 1:22-23)

6. ETHAN

ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: Long- lived

A man renowned for his great wisdom (I Kings 4:31) and also credited with being the author of Psalm 89.

7. EZRA

ORIGIN: Hebrew- Meaning: Help

An important reformer in post-exilic Judaism, whose main achievement was to established the law of God as the basis of the Jewish community. He was appointed by the Persian king, Artaxerxes, probably Artaxerxes 1 in the mid fifth century BC, to teach the Jewish law and ensure that the Jews kept the Persian law (Ezra 7:11-26).

8. ISAAC

ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: He laughs

Isaac was the only son of Abraham by his wife Sarah. The prediction of his birth was amusing to the couple because they were very old, so God gave them the name Isaac for their son meaning one who laughs. Isaac later became a father to the twins Esau and Jacob.

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9. ISAIAH

ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: God is Salvation

The biblical book of Isaiah is named for a Hebrew prophet of the Old Testament.

10. JACOB

ORIGIN : Hebrew - Meaning: Supplanter

Jacob appears in the biblical book of Genesis as the youngest son of Isaac and Rebecca and twin to Esau. Jacob’s sons were the founders of the twelve tribes of Israel and he received the name of Israel from God later in life.

11. JARED

ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: Descent

The father of Enoch and other children, he lived to be 962 years old. Genesis: 5:15-20. He is also mentioned in Luke’s genealogy of Jesus (Luke 3: 37).

12. LEVI

ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: Joined (associated)

In the Bible, Jacob’s third son and father of the tribe of priests.

13. MICHAEL

ORIGIN: Hebrew - MEANING: Who is like the Lord

An archangel of Jewish and Christian scripture, Michael is portrayed as a warrior and leader of heaven’s armies who defeats and casts out the dragon in the Book of Revelation.

14. PETER

ORIGIN: Greek - Meaning: Rock

Peter was a biblical fisherman and one of Christ’s twelve disciples. In Catholic tradition he is the first pope.

15. REUBEN

ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Behold a son

In the Old testament the first born of Jacob and Leah and patriarch of one of the 12 Tribes of Israel.

How did you name your child? Share you name stories to us. . .

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    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      My daughter is named after two grandmothers. Josie Lee!. Great hub!

    • acaetnna profile image

      acaetnna 

      7 years ago from Guildford

      Great suggestions here. Thank you.

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      Samantha 

      7 years ago

      My husband and I named our son Silas, another biblical name.

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      suzanne 

      7 years ago

      i called my baby daughter kiah after the car with an h on the end, my other 2 rare called joanne after a friend of mine 25 yrs ago and chelsea is after the football team

    • denden mangubat profile image

      denden mangubat 

      7 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

      peter is simple with strong meaning

    • MM Del Rosario profile imageAUTHOR

      MM Del Rosario 

      7 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi Everyone,

      Thank you for dropping by and sharing your little stories about how you name your child. I don't have a son but If I have one, I'll probably call him Jared.

      Regards,

      MM

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      Joni Douglas 

      7 years ago

      I gave the name Joshua to my son, when his brother came along, I thought about Caleb, but decided on Adam.

    • kaltopsyd profile image

      kaltopsyd 

      7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Levi is one of my favourites but since I was young I planned, that if I had a son, I would name my son Malachi. I know a lot of people presently with the name Micah (spelled in different ways and sometimes different pronunciations).

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      Jee Ann G 

      7 years ago

      Cool hub! I'm always interested in the etymology of names. There are also: Samuel (belonging to God), Michael (Who is like God?), Raphael (God heals), and David (beloved).

    • Underworld-Craft profile image

      Underworld-Craft 

      7 years ago

      You seem to be threading on sweet familiar waters. U just gave more credence, indirectly to some aspects of my thoughts. Well done.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi MM-I went with "Aaron" 22 years ago for my only son. It fits him well.

      Thanks.

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