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40+ Unique Biblical Boy Names And Their Meanings

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Are you a mom-to-be and considering a perfect name to give to your little one? If you’re expecting a baby boy, there are several popular biblical boy names you can choose from.

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Just like every pregnant woman, you look forward to holding your baby in your arms and calling him by the name you chose. It is believed that the name given to a child goes a long way to determine the future of the little one. It could also be a way of praying your desires or expectations into your child.

There are numerous biblical boy names that carry great meanings and were represented by great personalities. The meaning of these unique biblical boy names is often seen in the lives of those who bear them.

These names extracted from both the new and old testaments are recommended to mothers who want their little ones to turn out as noble and excellent adults they can be proud of.

More so, these beautiful biblical boy names can also stir up hope in you and strengthen your child’s faith in God as he grows older.

Biblical Boy Names And Their Meanings

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Abram – Genesis 11: 26

God changed the name Abram to Abraham in the book of Genesis. Abraham is the founder of the Muslims through Ishmael his son while through Isaac he had the Hebrews.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
High fatherHebrewAbraham Maslow; a psychologist. An athlete; Abram Elan. Former US President; Abraham Lincoln, and lots more. Avram, Abe, Abraham, Bram, Avraham. 

Amos – Amos 1: 1

Amos was one of the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament who spoke against the oppression of the poor and greed.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Carry a heavy burden, strongHebrewAmos Whitney, Amos TverskyAmoss, Ames, Aymos

Aaron – Exodus 4: 14

Aaron was the brother of Moses and also his spokesman before Pharaoh. He was the first high priest in Israel and the priesthood remained in his lineage.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Exalted HebrewAaron Rodgers; a football player. Vice President Aaron BurrAron, Arin, Arron.

Bartholomew – Matthew 10:3

Bartholomew was among the disciples of Jesus. It was recorded that he evangelized in Armenia and India before he was martyred.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Son of the furrow Greek Bart Starr; a footballer. Saint BartholomewBart, Bartolomeo, Mies, Bartolo, Mees, Bartlett. 

Adam – Genesis 2:19

Adam was the first man to be created by God in the book of Genesis.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Son of the furrow Red man, Man, man from the earth.Greek Adam Driver; an actor. Adam Levine; a singer. Adam Sandler; a comedian. Adham, Adamo, Adem

Andrew – Matthew 4:18

He was the brother to Simon Peter and one of the disciples of Jesus Christ. Andrew was crucified on an X-shaped cross which is also referred to as Saltire of St. Andrew, and is used on the United Kingdom flag and the Scottish flag.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
ManlyGreek  Saint Andrew, President Andrew Jackson, Prince Andrew, Andrew Garfield; an actor, Drew Carey; a comedian.Drew, Andre Andreas, Andy, Andres

Asher – Genesis 30:13

Asher is one of the sons of Jacob that was borne to him through his concubine Zilpah.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Blessed, happyHebrew  Rapper Asher Roth. Actor; Asher Angel.Ashor, Aser, Ashyr, Ashir

Benjamin – 35:18

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Son of the south, son of my right handHebrew  President Benjamin Harrison. Actor; Ben Affleck. Inventor, author, and politician; Benjamin Franklin. Bennie, Ben, Benny, Benji 

Alexander ­– Mark 15:21

Several men bore this name in the New Testament.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Defender of men Greek Politician; Alexander Hamilton. Alex Rodriguez; baseball player. Alexander the Great. Alex Treber; a television host. Aleksander, Al, Zander, Lex, Alex, Xander

Caleb – Numbers 13:6

Caleb was one of the spies sent by Moses to the land of Canaan.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Wholehearted and faithful Hebrew Caleb Bradham; inventor of Pepsi and a pharmacist. Singer; Caleb Johnson. Cal, Kaleb

David – Ruth 4:17

This was the eighth son of Jesse. A shepherd boy, who became the second King in Israel after King Saul. He established Jerusalem to be the capital of the United Kingdom of Israel which is often referred to as the City of David.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Beloved Hebrew Frontiersman; Crocket Davy. David Beckham; a soccer player. David Bowie; a singer. Davy, Dave, Davey, Davie

Elijah – 1 Kings 17:1

Elijah was a Major Prophet in the land of Israel who was caught up to heaven through the chariot of fire. He also appeared with Moses to Jesus on the mount of transfiguration.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
God is Yahweh Hebrew Actor; Elijah Wood. Elijah Muhammad; a religious leader. Inventor; Eli Whitney Eliya, Ilias, Elias, Eli

Daniel – Daniel 1:7

He served Babylonian kings and God blessed him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding. Out of hatred, his enemies caused him to be thrown into the lions’ den but God saved him.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
God, my JudgeHebrew Dan Marino; a football player. Actor; Daniel Craig. Pioneer Daniel Boone. Dan, Danny, Danilo, Dannie

Ezekiel – Ezekiel 1:3

A prophet in Jerusalem after it was overpowered and the Israelites were taken as captives to Babylon. He saw to the restoration of Israel.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
God will strengthenHebrew Ezekiel Ansah, Ezekiel Elliot; a football player.Zeke, Ezequiel.

Ezra – Ezra 7:1

Ezra was the scribe who was instrumental in bringing back the Israelites from the captivity of the Babylonians.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Help Hebrew Actor; Ezra Miller. Poet; Ezra PoundEzri, Esdras, Ezras.

Zacharias – Luke 1:5

He was a prophet and the Father of John the Baptist.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
God remembersHebrew Actor; Zachary Quinto. President Zachary TaylorZach, Zachery, Zachariah, Zac, Zachary. Zak, Zacharias

Thomas – Matthew 10:3

Thomas was one of the apostles of Jesus who doubted the resurrection of Jesus from death until Jesus appeared to him and showed him the holes in his hands and opening by his side. He  was martyred in Indian where he evangelized.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Twin Aramaic Singer; Tom Petty. Inventor; Thomas Edison. St.Thomas Aquinas. Tom Brady; a football player. President Thomas Jefferson. Tom Seaver; a baseball player.Tomas, Toma, Tommy, Thom

Timothy – Acts 16:1

Timothy can be seen in the New Testament as one who accompanied Paul wherever he went. He wrote two of Paul’s letters and was martyred at Ephesus.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Honoring GodGreek Tim Tebow; a footballer. Singer; Tim McGraw. Actor; Timothy Olyphant. Filmmaker; Tim Burton. Tim Berners-Lee; a computer scientist. Tim Cook; a business leader.Timoteo, Tim

Ethan – 1 Kings 4:31

Ethan is an Ezrahite known to be full of wisdom and the author of Psalm 89. The name Ethan, is one of the most beautiful biblical boy names.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Enduring, solidHebrewActor; Ethan Hawke. Ethan Coen; a filmmaker. Patriot Ethan Allen Eitan, Eithan, Eytan, Etan

Seth – Genesis 4:25

Seth was the third son of Adam and Eve according to Genesis 4:25, and also the ancestor of Noah.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
AppointedHebrew Seth Curry; a basketball player. Actor; Seth RogenSeath, Shet, Set, Sethe

Philip – Matthew 10:3

Philip was among the disciples of Jesus Christ.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Lover of horsesGreek Prince Philip. Author; Philip k. Dick. Philip Seymour Hoffman; an actor.Filippo, Philip, Felipe, Filip,

Samuel – 1 Samuel 1:20

Samuel was the last judge in Israel who anointed Saul and David as Kings in Israel.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
God has heardHebrew Singer; Sam Cooke. Politician; Sam Houston. Samuel Beckett; a writerSammy,

Solomon – 2 Samuel 5:14

He was born unto David by Bathsheba (wife of Uriah). Solomon reigned as King in Israel and was known for his outstanding wisdom. He wrote the books of Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and Proverbs.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
PeacefulHebrew Suleiman the Magnificent. Author; Solomon Northup. Solomon R. Guggenheim; an art collector. Solomon Burke; a singer.Suleiman, Solomon, Sol, Shalom, Sulaiman, Slomo

Silas – Acts 15: 22

He was a Christian leader who was always going about with Paul on his missions. He is also a co-author of the book of Thessalonians.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Of the woodLatin Author; Silas. Silas Weir Mitchell; an actor.Si, Silvanus, Silvano

Reuben – Gen 29:32

This was the first son of Jacob bore by Leah.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Behold a sonHebrew Reuben G. Soderstrom; a labor organizer. Reuben Fine; a chess grandmaster and an author.Reuven, Ruben

Stephen – Acts 6:5

This was the first Christian martyr that was stoned to death.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
CrownGreek Steve Austin; a wrestler. Stephen Fry; a comedian. Stephen Hawking; a physicist. Composer Stephen SondheimSteve, Steven, Esteban, Steffan, Stefan

Simeon –  Genesis 29:33

This is Jacob’s second son in the Old Testament. Peter, a disciple of Jesus was also called Simon in the New Testament.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
He heardGreek Simon Bolivar; a political leader. Simon Cowell; a TV personality.Simon, Simeon

Peter – Acts 1:13

He was a disciple of Jesus upon which the church was built.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
StoneGreek Actor; Peter Dinklage. Pete Maravich; a basketball player. Peter Jennings; a journalist. Peter Paul Rubens; an artist.Pedro, Pete, Pierre, Piet, piers, Petrus.

Noah – Genesis 5:29

Noah was the man God used to save a remnant from the human and animal race after the earth was destroyed by the flood. He built an ark where the survivors of the flood were shut up by God.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
RestHebrew Actor; Noah Wyle. Author; Noah Webster.Noeh, Noe, Noa

Joseph – Genesis 30:24

Joseph was the eleventh son of Jacob in the Old Testament and his mother’s name was Rachel. In the New Testament, Joseph is the husband of Mary (mother of Jesus Christ).

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
He will addHebrew Boxer; Joe Frazier. Vice President Joe Biden. Chief Joseph. Author; Joseph Conrad.Yosef, Jo, Giuseppe, Joey, Jose, Yousef, Joe.

Mark – Colossians 4:10

The author of the 2nd book of the New Testament and a Patron Saint of Venice.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Dedicated to MarsLatin Mark Zuckerberg; founder of Facebook. Actor; Mark Hamill. Author; Mark Twain.Marc, Marko, Marcus, Markus.

Michael – Revelation 12:7

According to the book of Revelation, he is known as the angel who leads the heavenly army.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Who is like GodHebrew Actor; Michael Caine. Michael Jordan; a basketball player. Mick Jagger; a singer.Mignel, Michael, Michal, Mikael, Mick, Mike, Mickey

Levi – Genesis 29:34

Levi is the 3rd son of Jacob and he becomes the lineage of the priesthood in Israel.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Joined togetherHebrew Levi Wallace. Inventor; Levi Strauss. Levi Ziegler Leiter; a businessman. Levi Leipheimer; a cyclistLevy, Lev

Joshua – Exodus 17:9

He was one of the twelve spies Moses sent to the land of Canaan. After the death of Moses, he led the children of Israel into the land of Canaan. He divided the land unto the children of Israel as commanded by God.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
God is salvationHebrew Actor; Josh HutchersonYeshua, Josh

Jonah – Jonah 1:1

Jonah was a Prophet of God who tried to escape from going to preach to the inhabitants of Nineveh. He was swallowed up by a big fish which vomited

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
DoveHebrew Jonas Salk; a medical researcher. And actor; Jonah Hill.Lonas, Jonah, Yonah

Jesse – Ruth 4:22

He had eight sons out of which David, his last son reigned as the second King in Israel.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
GiftHebrew Athlete; Jesse Owens. Outlaw; Jesse JamesJess, Jessie

Matthew – Matthew 9:9

A tax collector, who Jesus Christ called to be his disciples. He is the author of the first book of the New Testament.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Gift of GodHebrew Matthew Stafford; a football player. Actor; Matthew McConaugheyMatteo, Mathew, Mathias, Matt

Isaiah – 2 Kings 19:20

He was one of the main prophets in Israel.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Salvation of the LordHebrew Actor; Isaiah Mustafa. Isaiah Thomas; a basketball player. Isaiah Washington; an actorIsaija, Isiah, Esaias, Isaias

Isaac – Genesis 17:20

Isaac was the promised child of Abraham and Sarah at old age.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
He will rejoice and laughHebrew Author; Isaac Asimov. Isaac Newton;a natural philosopher. Isaac Stern; a musician.Ike, Yitzhak, Isaak, Issac

Gideon – Judges 6:11

A military head selected by God. Gideon was used by God to overcome the Midianites.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
Hewer of woodHebrew Actor; Gideon Emery. Gideon Welles; a U.S Secretary in  the NavyGidion, Gideone, Gidon

Nathan – 2 Samuel 7:2

He was a prophet of God who revealed to David the sins he committed (when he killed Uriah the husband of Bathsheba)

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
He gaveHebrew Nathan Chen; a figure skater. Actor; Nathan LaneNathanael, Nate, Natan, Nathaniel

James – Matthew 4:20               

This is the English version of Jacob. Two of the disciples of Jesus had this name. It is one of the most popular biblical boy names.

MeaningSourceFamous people with the nameAlternate spellings/variations
SupplanterEnglish Singer; James Brown. King James. President James A. GarfieldJimmy, Jaymes, Jim, Jae, Jay

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Names are powerful and as such could be used as a tool in shaping the future and destiny of your newborn. 

So, prayerfully choose any of the carefully selected biblical boy names enumerated above, and watch how your child grows not only to become a reference point but also a strong force to reckon with in life. 

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