Popular and Unusual Baby Names from the Bible

Here are dozens of Biblical names to consider for your baby!

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Biblical baby names have been popular since, well, Biblical times. Luckily, the Bible is a very big book -- and it's loaded with naming options. In fact, there are over 3,000 names in the Bible!

The Old Testament, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Bible, was written over the course of thousands of years. With books like Leviticus and Judges, which are comprised largely of lists of names, the Old Testament is an incredible resource for parents.

What's more, many of the names in the Old Testament were in use long before Julius Caesar was a twinkle in his father's eye -- so chances are almost 100% that you'll find an Old Testament name that none of your friends have hit on.

The New Testament, which includes the four Gospels, the book of Acts, Letters (sometimes called Epistles) from various saints, and the Book of Revelation, includes somewhat fewer names. Because it is thought of as the "Christian Bible," New Testament names tend to be more popular in modern America. But that doesn't mean you won't come across some interesting options.

Popular Names From the Bible

You may be surprised to see that some of these forever-favorites come straight out of the Old or New Testament:

Most Popular Biblical Names for Boys 

  • Jacob
  • Ethan
  • Noah 
  • Michael
  • Daniel
  • Matthew
  • Elijah
  • James
  • Benjamin
  • Joshua
  • Andrew 
  • David

Most Popular Biblical Names for Girls

  • Mary
  • Margaret
  • Martha
  • Elizabeth
  • Sarah
  • Abigail
  • Hannah
  • Judith
  • Hanna 
  • Julia
  • Anna

Unusual Names from the Bible

Many of these names, while they are not unheard of, may be considered very "ethnic" -- or may have not-so-positive associations. Be sure to look up the stories associated with the names before bestowing them on your newborn -- and remember that a baby named Jonah is almost certainly going to be associated with whales, while a little girl named Delilah is going to be asked more than once about whether she's planning a career in hair styling!

Old Testament - Boy Biblical Baby Names

  • Amos - strong (Hebrew)
  • Caleb - faithful (Hebrew)
  • Gideon - great warrior (Hebrew)
  • Jesse - God's grace (Hebrew)
  • Jonah - dove (Hebrew)
  • Levi - joined (Hebrew)
  • Nathan - God's gift (Hebrew)
  • Reuben - behold a son (Hebrew)
  • Seth - chosen one (Hebrew)
  • Solomon - peaceful (Hebrew)

Old Testament - Girl Biblical Baby Names

  • Ada - noble, happy (German)
  • Delilah - temptress (Hebrew)
  • Esther - star (Persian)
  • Eve - giver of life (Hebrew)
  • Miriam - bitter (Hebrew)
  • Naomi - pleasant (Hebrew)
  • Noa - movement (Hebrew)
  • Ruth - friend (Hebrew)
  • Tamar - palm tree (Hebrew)

New Testament - Boy Biblical Baby Names

  • Andrew - manly (Greek)
  • Felix - fortunate (Latin)
  • Phillip - lover of horses (Greek)
  • Rufus - red haired (Latin)
  • Silas - of the wood (Greek)
  • Simon - he heard (Hebrew)
  • Stephen - crown (Greek)
  • Thomas - the twin (Hebrew)

New Testament - Girl Biblical Baby Names

  • Anna - full of grace (Hebrew)
  • Damaris - gentle (Greek)
  • Dorcas - gazelle (Greek)
  • Elizabeth - promised by God (Hebrew)
  • Lois - famous warrior (Greek)
  • Lydia - intelligent (Greek)
  • Martha - the lady (Aramaic)
  • Phoebe - shining (Greek)
  • Priscilla - of long lineage (Latin)
  • Tabitha - gazelle (Aramaic)

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