Biblical names.

(38 Posts)
Supercherry Wed 25-Feb-09 09:16:04

Are there any unusual biblical names or are they all really popular- eg. adam, Jacob, Mary etc

pickledbabe Thu 28-Oct-10 17:12:38

Dorcas.

that's another name for Tabitha.

Worth looking at who these people are as well. Some of the girls names are maids used to child-bear. (Not that that should bother you necessarily, but it might)

I have a Seth which I didn't even realise was OT till we chose it.

Lots of alternative pronunciations in Hebrew as well.

I have a row of girls in one of my classes that I call the Old Testament Row. Sarah, Leah, Naomi (and Aliyah which isn't christian but is old!).

I keep calling Leah Ruth by mistake as she is sat next to Naomi, and she doesn't get why.

Flossiebelle Thu 28-Oct-10 17:04:46

We have got a baby Martha who is 7 weeks old. The other name we seriously considered was Esther smile

dotnet Thu 28-Oct-10 13:20:53

Shem, Ham and Japheth (Noah's sons I think.)
Shadrach, Meshak and Abednigo (who went in the fiery furnace and survived - but I'm not too sure of the spelling of Meshak, I didn't check.)
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, Judas, James (disciples/apostles).
I think Josiah, which I like, is a biblical name.
How about Balthasar, Eli, Joshua, Levi, Obadiah, Saul, Zachariah, Zaccheus, Seth?
I don't like 'Aaron' being spelled as Arron -Aaron is a biblical name as well; he was Moses's son, I think, and the two As together make it much better than 'Arron', I think.

MumOfBaby Mon 02-Mar-09 16:21:29

There's lots of boys on this thread so I'll add girls:

Delilah
Magdalen

Jemima's lovely.

Pasiphae Mon 02-Mar-09 12:20:49

Amos, Absolom,Cornelius, Solomon, Eleazar, Bartholomew, Azarias, Felix, Gideon, Ichabod, Philemon, Timon, Zebulun/Zebulon

Delilah, Eunice, Siloe, Damaris, Esther, Jezebel, Junia/Juno, Noa, Salome, Sapphira, Zilpah

Springhassprung Mon 02-Mar-09 12:19:38

Zillah and Adah are nice

is Kezia in the Bible?

chaya5738 Mon 02-Mar-09 11:20:38

"You don't see many Jesus' around"

Actually Joshua is Jesus since Jesus' name was actually Yeshua (Jesus is the anglicised version).

For boys:

Isaiah
Isaac
Elijah
Menachem
Ezra
Avi
Ari
Gabriel

Girls:

Naomi
Dinah
Miriam
Sarai
Hadassah
Zipporah

LynetteScavo Sun 01-Mar-09 21:12:11

Shakespear? blush Too much wine!

LynetteScavo Sun 01-Mar-09 21:11:38

We were all given one from teh Bible, and one from Shakespere. grin

2HotCrossBunsAnd1InTheOven Sun 01-Mar-09 20:12:36

I like the less commonly used OT names too. Favs being Asher for boys and Naomi for girls. DH was concerned about sounding too "jewish" - I was hmm about that considering my mother is Jewish. Also was hmm as his 2 favourite girls names were Jemima and Esther!!!

Incidentally all of my 3 sibs have OT names, my first name isn't but my middle name is.

DeeBlindMice Sun 01-Mar-09 19:48:02

LynetteScavo you've just reminded me that when I was a child (9 or 10) I actually went through the bible and copied out a list of all the names in it blush

It took a while...

I guess I was a weird kid, although I have always been very interested in people's names for some reason.

LynetteScavo Sun 01-Mar-09 19:44:56

Er..maybe you should take a look in the bible? hmm

I'm presuming you are trying to choose a name for your child.

DeeBlindMice Sun 01-Mar-09 19:42:20

very interesting hedgiemum

randomname Sun 01-Mar-09 19:38:13

I personally love biblical names; the only thing that would put me off is that my child would end up sounding like one of the Dingles from Emmerdale!

Zilpah for a girl.

hedgiemum Sun 01-Mar-09 19:07:17

Jemima is a lovely biblical name - it means dove.
Don't forget that most of the names in our English bibles have been anglicised, so there are the original Hebrew forms online which can be used ie Guvriel rather than Gabriel. Jesus is actually very popularly used here unbeknown to some parents who choose it - Joshua is the same name! "Jesus" the historical character would have heard his name spoken as "Yeshua" I believe.
So there are actually lots of different forms for many of the popular bible names, plus uncommon names...

HecatesTwopenceworth Sun 01-Mar-09 18:57:53
AnnVan Sun 01-Mar-09 16:52:03

what about Miriam? I love Miriam. also love Simeon, Elijah for boys

Abigail is Biblical.

CuppaTeaJanice Sun 01-Mar-09 16:02:46

You don't see many Jesus' around!! wink

Not in this country, anyway.

Weegiemum Sun 01-Mar-09 15:57:32

Unusual Biblical noone ever calls their children

(dh and I are bored)
Boys:
Nebuchadnezzer
Shadrach, Meshach or Abednego
Lucifer
Job
Judas
Pontius
Cain
Onan
Lot

Girls:
Jezebel
Rahab

harder with girls!

jellibob Sun 01-Mar-09 14:33:36

DS2 was in NICU for ages after he was born, and one night, the nurses and I realised that he was in an all biblical room:

Elijah
Daniel
David
Noah
Gabriel!

BTW love Hepzibah for a girl

MrsMattie Wed 25-Feb-09 11:18:33

Boys:
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Obadiah
Ephraim
Tobiah
Malachi
Lemuel
Joachim
Simeon

Girls:
Ruth
Esther
Dinah

The apparently 'chavvy' Jadon is a biblical name, too. Bet you didn't know that! grin

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