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Biblical Baby Names for Girls

Updated on April 6, 2015

If you are thinking of researching a girl’s name from the Bible you might just come in the right place. The Bible, whether from the Old Testament or the New Testament have many fascinating names, inspiring stories of women and meanings behind them for you to discover.

This compilation gives you some popular biblical baby girls' names and the background to these names, biblical names would make a beautiful first or middle name for your baby girl. I hope this hub will be a useful reference but also a source of ideas and inspiration in choosing a name for your baby girl.

1. Abigail

ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Gives joy / Father's joy

Abigail was the third wife of the biblical King David and was described as a woman of beauty, wisdom and faith.

2. Bethany

ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: House of figs

The name of the two places in the Gospels. The better known is three km east of Jerusalem where Jesus was based during the last week of his earthly life and where Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha lived (Mark 14:3-9). The other is a place east of the Jordan where John was baptised (John 1:28).

3. Deborah

ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Bee

Deborah was a biblical prophetess and led Israel as a judge. The Song of Deborah (Judges 5) which commemorates the triumph of Israel over the Canaanites is thought to be one of the oldest pieces of Hebrew poetry.

4. Dinah

ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: One who judges / Judged

Jacob and Leah's only daughter.

5. Elizabeth

ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: God is my oath

John the Baptist's mother and a close relative of Jesus' mother Mary, she encouraged Mary with a prophecy about her unborn son (Luke 1: 42-45) Elizabeth and her husband seemed destined to remain childless until visited by the angel Gabriel who told them that Elizabeth would give birth to a son who would prove new Elijah.

6. Hannah

ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Favour/ Grace

The mother of the prophet Samuel. She gave birth to him after God heard her desperate prayer because she was barren and then dedicated him to the service of God (1 Samuel 1)

7. Judith

ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Woman of Judea

In the Old Testament, the daughter of Beeri the Hittite and wife of Esa ( Genesis 26:34).

8. Leah

ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Weary

Jacob's first wife. She was less favoured than her younger sister Rachel because she was not so attractive, but she bore him seven children. (Genesis 29:16-30:21)

9. Naomi

ORIGIN: Hebrew- Meaning: Lovely/ Pleasant

In the Old Testament, Naomi was the mother-in-law of Ruth. After the death of her husband and sons and upon the return to Bethlehem, Naomi took the name Mara, meaning bitter.

10. Rachel

ORIGIN: Hebrew- Meaning: Ewe

Jacob's second wife and Leah's youngest sister. Jacob waited 14 years to marry her because he loved her so much, but her life was tinged with sadness (Genesis 29:16-31:35). She died giving birth to her second son Benjamin.

11. Rebecca / Rebekah

ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning ; Captivating

Rebekah /Rebecca was the wife of Isaac and mother of Jacob and Esau. Though she trusted God's guidance in travelling hundreds of miles to marry Isaac, she was primarily responsible for Jacob's deception of her husband and her son over Esau's birthright. (Genesis 24: 57-67)

12. Ruth

ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Friend

A young Moabite widow who was one of the ancestors of David and Jesus ( Ruth 4:17). Ruth is an outstanding example of a non-Israelite who commits herself to the Lord and to Israel. Her great kindness to her Israelite mother-in-law and respect for the Israelite law of levirate marriage illustrate the depth of her faith.

13. Sarah

ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Princess

Abraham's wife and mother of Isaac. Her name was changed from Sarai to emphasized her importance as the mother of God's promised child. ( Genesis 17: 15-22). However she could not believe that she would bear a child when she was 90 years old. (Genesis 18:10-15).

14. Susannah

ORIGIN: Hebrew - Meaning: Lily

In the New Testament, one of the women who provided for Christ and his disciples from their own resources.

Something to think about....

Choosing your baby’s name can be a frustrating exercise. There are endless possibilities. But remember whatever name you choose, your child, have to live for the rest of his or her life.

Whatever you decide, practice saying the name out loud, along with any other names you may have chosen especially with the child’s surname. It is important that the names sound right together.

Good Luck !!!

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

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      deborah 6 years ago

      hi,my sister daughter

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      Margaret Taylor 7 years ago

      MY daughter is named Glory Dawn. I feel this is a truly unique and blessed name.

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      What a lovely list :-)

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      My husband wanted his name in our 2 daughters' names. I wanted the same. So we ended up with Raponcel and Racquel. The R is for Roberto and the L for Lita. We gave each of the girls their own- but still with hint of our own names- Roma from Roberto Malicdem, Julie from Julieta. Now they are happily settled with their own nicknames- Pot and Kit.

      Haha! What a way to haggle with childrens' names! Nice hub.

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      My daughter's name is Franchesca Gabrielle, named after the archangel Gabriel. Thanks for this list, I would surely use this as reference to look for a name for our next child.

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Enjoyed your list, and the additions by your commenters. I will add the name Miriam sister of Moses and Lois, Timothy's grandmother.

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      MM Del Rosario 7 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi Everyone,

      Thank you dropping by and telling your little stories about how you name your child/children...



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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Everyone of the names you mentioned are beautiful. My personal favorites: Rebecca, Sarah, and Abigail.

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      Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      My real name is Ruth. Actually I, like Ruth in the Bible, left my home and followed my husband to a foreign land. However, I didn't stay there with his mother, she followed me back to America.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Great list. Gave my daughter the name Rachael.

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

      I like the names Hannah and Suzanna. I told my mother that I was going to name my child Hannah in the future... and you included it on your list--see? IT's fate. hehe.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Hey MM! My ex and I decided on taking halves of the grandmothers for our daughter Josie Lee. It has a nice ring to it for us. God bless!

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      MM Del Rosario 7 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi Jeanie,

      Ezra is a boys' name, ORIGIN: Hebrew- Meaning: Help

      I have added it on my other hub- Biblical names for boys.

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      jeanie.stecher 7 years ago from Seattle

      I love the name Ezrah. Isn't it not that it came from the Bible? I love biblical names since for me, it connects the past and the present in remembering the Lord. Nice hub. Enjoyed reading the names.