Top Bible Names of Our Time

There is one ‘Bible’ name which will be mentioned quite a lot come Christmas. ‘Jesus’ will be the most used biblical name at Christmas, yet the least chosen by Christians for their children’s names (especially by English speakers).

This being so, Bible names are making a robust comeback in the naughties. Even some people who do not profess Christianity have chosen (maybe unwittingly) names for their babies which have originated from the bible. Do you know parents who have – or have you – given your baby a name you loved because you found it (or a derivative of it) in the Bible?

Top Bible names of our time


Here are 10 of the most popular bible names people have chosen for their kids in the last 10 years. Have you picked any of these for your own children? We fell in love with 'Gabriel' for our son. It means, 'messenger of God'.

JACOB (Jake, Jay, Jack)
Meaning: to follow or to supplant (step in the shoes of)

Jacob’s Face book page would look like:
Parents: Issac and Rebecca. Sibling: Esau (twin brother)
Married to: Leah and Rachel (and a couple of concubines too).
Kids: Too many to mention here: -12 sons and one daughter.
Claim to fame: Jacob’s name was changed to Israel when God made him the father of the Israelites (his sons are the fathers of the 12 tribes of ‘Israel’).

ISABELLA (Bella, Izzy, Lizzie, Elizabeth, Beth)
There are several derivations of this name. Some believe that Jezebel is also a translation of Isabella.
Meaning: oath of God.

Izzy’s Face book page would look like:
Married to: Zacharias.
Children: John (the Baptist)
Claim to fame: She’s Mary’s cousin, so she’s second cousin to Jesus Christ.

MADISON (Maddy, Megan, Mae)
Meaning: Lady of Magdalene, like Mary Magdelene.

Maddy’s Face book page would look like:
Not much is known about her, save for the fact that she was a devout follower of Jesus.
Claim to fame: the first human to learn of Jesus’ resurrection.

Meaning: rest.

Noah’s Face book page would look like:
Parents: Lamech, mother - private
Married to: private
Claim to fame: grandson of Methuselah, the oldest man in the Bible. Noah also built the ark.

SARAH (Sadie, Zarah, Zara, Sara)
Meaning: princess.

Sarah’s Facebook page would look like:
Married to: Abraham
Children: Issac
Claim to fame: she had Issac when she was almost 100 years old.

KAYLA (Hebrew for Michael. Kaylee, Mike, Michael)
Meaning: messenger of God.

Claim to fame: leader of the army of heaven. In other words - the archangel.

EMMA (derived from Emmanuel)
Meaning: God with us.

Emmanuel wouldn’t have a Facebook page. This is the name of Jesus. It was promised that He would be ‘God with us’.

ALEXANDER (Alex, Alexa, Ally, Lexi, Axel, Sacha)
Meaning: defender of men.

There were four Alexanders in the Bible. The most memorable one carried Jesus’ cross on the way to His crucifixion.

ZACHARY (Zach, Zacharias)
Meaning: remembered by God.

Zacharias Face book page would look like:
Married to: Elizabeth
Children: John (the Baptist)
Claim to fame: His son baptised Jesus Christ.

What are some popular Bible names in your neck of the woods? Do you have friends who chose Bible names for their kids? Do you think they know (or care about) what the names mean and the people behind them?
You may also enjoy these other articles on our family relationship page.


♥-Icy BC-♥ December 11, 2010 at 2:23 AM  

For me they would be:

* Anna, Anne, Ann
* Joseph
* David
* Theresa
* Peter
* Martha

Anne Lyken-Garner December 11, 2010 at 8:50 PM  

I'm loving that my name is at the top, Icy. I love 'Anna' and I've been called all varieties of Anne that I can think of - including, 'Annabella'.

Self Sagacity December 12, 2010 at 12:30 AM  

Matt was one of my favorites for a boy, and loved Maria when I was younger - not anymore. I still think it is very special to be able to use the bible names. Good article Anne, and I like how you did it in a Facebook kind of way.

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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