biblical (Old Testament) boys' names

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tvmum1976 Fri 29-Mar-13 21:56:06

which ones do you like? Am prepared to accept the more 'extreme' end (we have a DS with a kind of extreme biblical name) but like the more common ones too. Any suggestions? Thank you! (NB we are jewish so old testament is better!)

anonymosity Fri 29-Mar-13 21:58:19


two of my all time faves.

tvmum1976 Fri 29-Mar-13 21:59:52

love those- thanks- especially Elijah. But weirdly not as keen on nn Eli. Not sure why. Don't know if we could force everyone to use the full thing. Btw do you know any baby Elijahs? We are in the US and it is pretty common here but not sure about in the UK (where we will be moving back to soon....)



SuffolkNWhat Fri 29-Mar-13 22:09:17

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steppemum Fri 29-Mar-13 22:10:03

Jeremiah (might sound like a misery guts though!)
Solomon (very under used fab name)
Abraham with Bram for short (love Bram as a nn)

but the best has to be Isaac (not remotely biased as that is my ds grin

AuntieStella Fri 29-Mar-13 22:12:46


tvmum1976 Fri 29-Mar-13 22:16:25

ooh love some of these (and love that my DS's name got a mention and high praise :-)) Thanks! keep them coming.

tvmum1976 Fri 29-Mar-13 22:17:42

ps steppenmum would you pronounce Isaiah "eye s-eye-ah" or "eye- zay- ah"?

Jojobump1986 Fri 29-Mar-13 22:21:54

Our shortlist for DS2 consisted of: Simeon, Levi, Asher, Matthew, Michael & Peter.

Names that also would've been on the list but were discounted due to knowing children with the same name, sounding silly with our surname or being too similar to family names were: Joshua, David, Samuel, Jesse, Isaac, Joseph, Noah, Benjamin, Elijah. We know 2 Elijahs, both about 18 months old - it's definitely getting more popular here.

I've just noticed the order I put the names in - wouldn't 'Benjamin Elijah' be such a lovely name?! I wonder if I could convince DH to change our surname! wink

Jojobump1986 Fri 29-Mar-13 22:25:27

Oh yes, how could I forget?! We considered Isaiah for a while, & Ishmael too, but DH decided he didn't like any potential nn for either. He's just awkward. sad

FWIW, I'd pronounce it eye-zy-uh.

fuckwittery Fri 29-Mar-13 22:29:20

Reuben and Malachi (Malachy) were on our list first time round

Love Simeon, Gideon, Asher, Abraham (Bram), Adam.

thegreylady Fri 29-Mar-13 22:37:04

Well my niece has called her new baby Ezekiel-nn Zeke which I have come to like very much-never heard of another one.
Zacchaeus is fun too and Ishmael.

DessieLou Fri 29-Mar-13 22:38:23

Oh I LOVE this thread! We had decided on Reuben for a boys name (had a girl) but Apparantly dh may be going off it so we may need to think of something else. Reading this though has made me fall in love with Elijah, so thanks! grin

PandaG Fri 29-Mar-13 22:40:28

Zachariah, Noah, Malachi, Asher, Simeon

PandaG Fri 29-Mar-13 22:41:08

I know a couple of Elijahs - both aged around 7

umberellaonesie Fri 29-Mar-13 22:41:21

Love Ezra can't be shortened really either. Caleb. Joseph, Seth, Solomon. All my 3 boys are old testament names.

tvmum1976 Fri 29-Mar-13 22:46:08

Love all these suggestions! thanks so much!
I started a thread on Zephaniah (nn Zeph or Zephy) a while back and got eaten alive. I still like it though- thought it could be a similar but less common Zach (we have a good friend who has just called their baby zach)
Am I delusional?

umberellaonesie Fri 29-Mar-13 22:53:14

I like zephiniah. People round here can't pronunce malachi so we kept them short and simple. :-)

tvmum1976 Fri 29-Mar-13 22:56:14

ha! we live in a place where every child seems to have a weird unpronounceable name (although more in the Rainbow/ moon unit type mould) so zephaniah would probably slip by unnoticed. But don't want the poor boy to get a massive shock on return to the UK!

anonymosity Fri 29-Mar-13 22:57:10

I am in the US too, so no good for knowing if there are lots of Elijahs in the UK currently. sorry.

steppemum Fri 29-Mar-13 22:57:15

I think english pronunciation is Is - zy - ah and American Is -zay ah

The American pronunciation does sound very 'American' to me

I love Reuben and Gideon too.

Less keen on Levi, it is pretty popular and chavy round here.

Like Elijah because it means something like Given by God, which is lovely.

Don't like Ishmael, it's origins make me sad. depends if you mind about the origins of the name.

tvmum1976 Fri 29-Mar-13 23:00:05

steppenmum- love your taste. can you tell me what you think of Zephaniah/ zeph/zephy? would be a good measure for me I think!

I live in a Jewish area. The one Eli I know has the full name that is pronounced Eli-a-hoo. I don't know how you spell it. I do know a Judah too but that makes me raise an eyebrow TBH.

Gobbledegook100 Fri 29-Mar-13 23:08:48

Icabod was suggested to me by a relative for my ds3, thought they were being funny but no, turns out its there In the Old Testament and I quite got used to it, considered it as a middle name even but bottled out, if I remember correctly he was a less than pleasant character when I researched it.

steppemum Fri 29-Mar-13 23:19:42

I like Zephaniah It is quite strongly Biblical, probably more so than Solomon/Isaac/Reuben or the others. So it might take some carrying off.
But Zeph/Zephy is really a very cool nn isn't it?

I am not sure I would use it. My ds is very against our faith, and so I look at him and wonder what he would think about having such a strongly Biblical name and he would HATE it. So I think my opinion has been moderated by that a bit. I would use names that are slightly more familiar in our culture, and not quite so identified with only the Bible (if that makes any sense)
It is pretty unusual in UK, as are other names of prophets (Isaiah, Zachariah, etc)

but still love Zeph/Zephy!

tvmum1976 Fri 29-Mar-13 23:26:28

thanks steppenmum. I think i have similar feelings about it, but wonder if it might become popular one day because Zeph is so cool. our older DS is still too young to have a view on his name but I'm sure a strong view is on its way to us soon! Thanks v much anyway.

steppemum Fri 29-Mar-13 23:51:36

I wouldn't use Jesse either, because here it is more commonly Jessie short for Jessica, so people assume it is a girl's name

My ds's name is Isaac and it is also a family name. We wanted a strong Biblical name, but he sees it as a normal name that 'happens' also to be in the Bible. So we seem to have got away with it with him!

Floweryhat Sat 30-Mar-13 00:00:27


KittenOfDoom Sat 30-Mar-13 01:55:15


PandaG Sat 30-Mar-13 07:52:52

I like Zephaniah too, I do know a little one, aged 4 or 5 now, who is known as Zeph. (am a Christian and do know a lot of kids from church families, many of whom have Biblical names)

MERLYPUSS Sat 30-Mar-13 19:00:12

I have an Isaac and a Thomas

hippoherostandinghere Sun 31-Mar-13 17:38:03

Jacob, Isaac, Caleb, Noah, Jonah, Zachary and Joshua are my favourites.

tvmum1976 Mon 01-Apr-13 20:04:04

thanks everyone- some really great suggestions.

Slippysnow Mon 08-Apr-13 16:52:07

When people look for biblical names I always think of 7 brides for 7 brothers, where the mother named the 7 brothers alphabetical (by age) biblical names:

Frank (Frankincense- there is no F name -he used to get angry when his brothers said his real name)

And then Milly - Adam's wife continued the tradition by naming their daughter Hannah. I love that film smile

Mumcentreplus Mon 08-Apr-13 17:09:25

Moses...but I love Reuben and I like Jessie but is takes a big personality to carry it off..Jessie is a cool name

KittenOfDoom Mon 08-Apr-13 22:49:15

It's Jesse, not Jessie.

steppemum Tue 09-Apr-13 00:10:01

kitten - yes it is but when you say it they sound the same

dd has a friend Jesse, and everyone assumes he is a girl until they see him and then do a double take. I think it may be because the name is much less common in the UK

It also used to be an insult - don't be a big Jessie (can't remember where it came from) means don't be a wimp

KittenOfDoom Tue 09-Apr-13 00:12:57

Obviously I know that they sound the same. That is why it's even more important that people use the correct spellings.

fussychica Wed 10-Apr-13 17:57:27

Adam every time.

scissy Wed 10-Apr-13 18:12:50

Obadiah (if you want really unusual!)

CrunchyFrog Wed 10-Apr-13 18:28:13

I've got an Elijah. NN Lije. It suits him.

I like Obadiah and Jedidiah. And Malachi, that's a good one.

chocoholic05 Wed 10-Apr-13 18:33:04

mine are Samuel and Isaac they are great names I think grin

xyla Wed 10-Apr-13 18:45:15

Tobiah is gorgeous.

ttcnumero3 Thu 11-Apr-13 23:12:05

Is Tobiah in the bible? Is it not Tobias?

3boysgirlontheway Fri 12-Apr-13 02:55:39


I saw the thread title and clicked on it just to say that I love Zephaniah. I also love Hezekiah and Ezekiel.

SmellieWellies Fri 12-Apr-13 13:50:25

love Ezekiel also.

WithASpider Fri 12-Apr-13 13:55:47

We have a friend with a 6m old Elijah, I love it even though it got a few hmm faces from family.

DS is Joel. If we ever have a DS2 DH wants to call him Gideon. (though that one is after the CSI character!)

Micah, said my-ker. Means to be like God.

Tis my 4ths name (all Old Testament here too).

yellowowl Fri 12-Apr-13 21:48:56

Jonah is the coolest bible name ever ! Love Elijah too.

ttcnumero3 Fri 12-Apr-13 22:09:12

Nicknamegrief - I love Micah. It's on our very short shortlist. Can I ask what your other dc are called? And what girls names you like(d) as we are struggling? (Sorry for the wee hijack...)

Delilahahaha Sat 13-Apr-13 00:13:53

I love Micah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Isaac, Ishmael. Also Saul. Great name.


TTC3, I've got a Jacob, Noah and Hannah.

I love Jonah and Ezra too but there are very few biblical names I don't like.

As for girls I like Rachel, Naomi and Keziah. With any luck we may use one of those for a number 5 in the future. My husband also liked Ariel for a girl but I worried too much about Little Mermaid links.

iclaudius Sat 13-Apr-13 12:42:13

Mumcentreplus you seem quite certain about that?? Any reason?

Jacob and Micah.

Oh and Malachi.

JollyGolightly Sat 13-Apr-13 13:15:53

My boys have two of the less usual names mentioned here smile

On our list for a third son:


JollyGolightly Sat 13-Apr-13 13:17:32

Nickname- how about Ariella for another girl? I met a Talia and Ariella subset which I thought was just lovely.

JollyGolightly Sat 13-Apr-13 13:18:01


MistressoftheYoniverse Sat 20-Apr-13 17:19:34

Just thinking teasing...'Ya big Jesse!'...and Jesse can be percieved as quite feminine so a big personality would help imo@ iclaudius

TenPenceMixture Sat 20-Apr-13 19:23:13


Theas18 Sat 20-Apr-13 19:30:40

Amos doesn't seem to have been mentioned.

also Asher Ezra Habbakuk (Ok maybe not Habbakuk it's a bit too " out there!)

Jonah and Noah are really popular round here (DH teaches and in a class of 18 boys there are 3 Noahs!)

Like Micah but be prepared for 2 mike/Mikey/Micky n the Uk and the assumption hat is " sunday name" is Michael

TenPenceMixture Sat 20-Apr-13 19:31:01

Asa is great too, and Malachi

Surf25 Sat 20-Apr-13 22:17:44

Manoah (father of Samson) i've always loved this name

thermalsinapril Sun 21-Apr-13 01:20:11


DisneyDiva87 Mon 22-Apr-13 12:57:43

There's Cain Abel, Moses, Aaron, Job, Boaz, Gad, Judah, Issachar, Naphtali, Zebulun.

That's all I can think of from the top of my head that I don't notice being mentioned before.

I love biblical names too but hubby isn't so keen, Elias is one of my favs and it goes gorgeously with our surname.

I love Reuben but my OH doesn't sad same with Isaac. My OH only likes boring names :p

MrsPeggyPatch Thu 25-Apr-13 09:27:02

Thinks most of mine have been covered, we had-

Obadiah (bit too out there for us)

I think Reuben and Jonah are getting more and more popular (something I was keen to avoid) and we thought Moses might be about to have a resurgence.

Love love love Josiah, Moses and Tobias and my Ds is one of those!

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