Christian Baby Boy Names

Comprehensive List of Boy Names From the Bible With Meanings and References

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A name commonly represented a person's personality or reputation in Bible times. Names were chosen to reflect the child's character or to express the parents' dreams or wishes for the child. Hebrew names often had familiar, easy-to-understand meanings.

The prophets of the Old Testament frequently gave their children names that were symbolic of their prophetic statements. Hosea, for instance, named his son Lo-ammi, which means “not my people,” because he said the people of Israel were no longer the people of God.

Nowadays, parents continue to treasure the ancient tradition of choosing a name from the Bible—a name that will hold particular significance for their child. This comprehensive list of baby boy names draws together actual Bible names and names derived from biblical words, including the language, origin, and meaning of the name.

Baby Boy Names From the Bible

A

Aaron (Hebrew) - Exodus. 4:14 - a teacher; lofty; mountain of strength.

Abel (Hebrew) - Genesis 4:2 - vanity; breath; vapor.

Abiathar (Hebrew) - 1 Samuel 22:20 - excellent father; father of the remnant.

Abihu (Hebrew) - Exodus 6:22 - he is my father.

Abijah (Hebrew) - 1 Chronicles 7:8 - the Lord is my father.

Abner (Hebrew) - 1 Samuel 14:50 - father of light.

Abraham (Hebrew) - Genesis 17:5 - father of a great multitude.

Abram (Hebrew) - Genesis 11:27 - high father; exalted father.

Absolom (Hebrew) - 1 Kings 15:2 - father of peace.

Adam (Hebrew) - Genesis 3:17 - earthy; red.

Adonijah (Hebrew) - 2 Samuel 3:4 - the Lord is my master.

Alexander (Greek) - Mark 15:21 - one who assists men; defender of men.

Amaziah (Hebrew) - 2 Kings 12:21 - the strength of the Lord.

Amos (Hebrew) - Amos 1:1 - loading; weighty.

Ananias (Greek, from Hebrew) - Acts 5:1 - the cloud of the Lord.

Andrew (Greek) - Matthew 4:18 - a strong man.

Apollos (Greek) - Acts 18:24 - one who destroys; destroyer.

Aquila (Latin) - Acts 18:2 - an eagle.

Asa (Hebrew) - 1 Kings 15:9 - physician; cure.

Asaph (Hebrew) - 1 Chronicles 6:39 - who gathers together.

Asher (Hebrew) - Genesis 30:13 - happiness.

Azariah (Hebrew) - 1 Kings 4:2 - he that hears the Lord.

B

Barak (Hebrew) - Judges 4:6 - thunder, or in vain.

Barnabas (Greek, Aramaic) - Acts 4:36 - son of the prophet, or of consolation.

Bartholomew (Aramaic) - Matthew 10:3 - a son that suspends the waters.

Baruch (Hebrew) - Nehemiah. 3:20 - who is blessed.

Benaiah (Hebrew) - 2 Samuel 8:18 - son of the Lord.

Benjamin (Hebrew) - Genesis 35:18 - son of the right hand.

Bildad (Hebrew) - Job 2:11 - old friendship.

Boaz (Hebrew) - Ruth 2:1 - in strength.

C

Cain (Hebrew) - Genesis 4:1 - possession, or possessed.

Caleb (Hebrew) - Numbers 13:6 - a dog; a crow; a basket.

Christian (Greek) - Acts 11:26 - follower of Christ.

Claudius (Latin) - Acts 11:28 - lame.

Cornelius (Latin) - Acts 10:1 - of a horn.

D

Dan (Hebrew) - Genesis 14:14 - judgment; he that judges.

Daniel (Hebrew) - 1 Chronicles 3:1 - judgment of God; God my judge.

David (Hebrew) - 1 Samuel 16:13 - well-beloved, dear.

Demetrius (Greek) - Acts 19:24 - belonging to corn, or to Ceres.

E

Ebenezer (Hebrew) - 1 Samuel 4:1 - stone or rock of help.

Elah (Hebrew) - 1 Samuel 17:2 - an oak; a curse; perjury.

Eleazar (Hebrew) - Exodus 6:25 - the Lord will help; court of God.

Eli (Hebrew) - 1 Samuel 1:3 - the offering or lifting up.

Elihu (Hebrew) - 1 Samuel 1:1 - he is my God himself.

Elijah (Hebrew) - 1 Kings 17:1 - God the Lord, the strong Lord.

Eliphaz (Hebrew) - Genesis 36:4 - the endeavor of God.

Elisha (Hebrew) - 1 Kings 19:16 - salvation of God.

Elkanah (Hebrew) - Exodus 6:24 - God the zealous; the zeal of God.

Elnathan (Hebrew) - 2 Kings 24:8 - God hath given; the gift of God.

Emmanuel (Latin, Hebrew) - Isaiah 7:14 - God with us.

Enoch (Hebrew) - Genesis 4:17 - dedicated; disciplined.

Ephraim (Hebrew) - Genesis 41:52 - fruitful; increasing.

Esau (Hebrew) - Genesis 25:25 - he that acts or finishes.

Ethan (Hebrew) - 1 Kings 4:31 - strong; the gift of the island.

Ezekiel (Hebrew) - Ezekiel 1:3 - the strength of God.

Ezra (Hebrew) - Ezra 7:1 - help; court.

G

Gabriel (Hebrew) - Daniel 9:21 - God is my strength.

Gera (Hebrew) - Genesis 46:21 - pilgrimage, combat; dispute.

Gershon (Hebrew) - Genesis 46:11 - his banishment; the change of pilgrimage.

Gideon (Hebrew) - Judges 6:11 - he that bruises or breaks; a destroyer.

H

Habakkuk (Hebrew) - Habakuk. 1:1 - he that embraces; a wrestler.

Haggai (Hebrew) - Ezra 5:1 - feast; solemnity.

Hosea (Hebrew) - Hosea 1:1 - savior; safety.

Hur (Hebrew) - Exodus 17:10 - liberty; whiteness; hole.

Hushai (Hebrew) - 2 Samuel 15:37 - their haste; their sensuality; their silence.

I

Immanuel (Hebrew) - Isaiah 7:14 - God with us.

Ira (Hebrew) - 2 Samuel 20:26 - watchman; making bare; pouring out.

Isaac (Hebrew) - Genesis 17:19 - laughter.

Isaiah (Hebrew) - 2 Kings 19:2 - the salvation of the Lord.

Ishmael (Hebrew) - Genesis 16:11 - God that hears.

Issachar (Hebrew) - Genesis 30:18 - reward; recompense.

Ithamar (Hebrew) - Exodus 6:23 - island of the palm-tree.

J

Jabez (Hebrew) - 1 Chronicles 2:55 - sorrow; trouble.

Jacob (Hebrew) - Genesis 25:26 - cheater; that supplants, undermines; the heel.

Jair (Hebrew) - Numbers 32:41 - my light; who diffuses light.

Jairus (Hebrew) - Mark 5:22 - my light; who diffuses light.

James (Hebrew) - Matthew 4:21 - same as Jacob.

Japheth (Hebrew) - Genesis 5:32 - enlarged; fair; persuading.

Jason (Hebrew) - Acts 17:5 - he that cures.

Javan (Hebrew) - Genesis 10:2 - deceiver; one who makes sad.

Jeremiah (Hebrew) - 2 Chronicles 36:12 - exaltation of the Lord.

Jeremy (Hebrew) - 2 Chronicles 36:12 - exaltation of the Lord.

Jesse (Hebrew) - 1 Samuel 16:1 - gift; oblation; one who is.

Jethro (Hebrew) - Exodus 3:1 - his excellence; his posterity.

Joab (Hebrew) - 1 Samuel 26:6 - paternity; voluntary.

Joash (Hebrew) - Judges 6:11 - who despairs or burns.

Job (Hebrew) - Job 1:1 - he that weeps or cries.

Joel (Hebrew) - 1 Samuel 8:2 - he that wills or commands.

John (Hebrew) - Matthew 3:1 - the grace or mercy of the Lord.

Jonah (Hebrew) - Jonah 1:1 - a dove; he that oppresses; destroyer.

Jonathan (Hebrew) - Judges 18:30 - given of God.

Jordan (Hebrew) - Genesis 13:10 - the river of judgment.

Joseph (Hebrew) - Genesis 30:24 - increase; addition.

Joses (Hebrew) - Matthew 27:56 - raised; who pardons.

Joshua (Hebrew) - Exodus 17:9 - a savior; a deliverer; the Lord is Salvation.

Josiah (Hebrew) - 1 Kings 13:2 - the Lord burns; the fire of the Lord.

Josias (Hebrew) - 1 Kings 13:2 - the Lord burns; the fire of the Lord.

Jotham (Hebrew) - Judges 9:5 - the perfection of the Lord.

Judas (Latin) - Matthew 10:4 - the praise of the Lord; confession.

Jude (Latin) - Jude 1:1 - the praise of the Lord; confession.

Justus (Latin) - Acts 1:23 - just or upright.

L

Laban (Hebrew) - Genesis 24:29 - white; shining; gentle; brittle.

Lazarus (Hebrew) - Luke 16:20 - assistance of God.

Lemuel (Hebrew) - Proverbs 31:1 - God with them, or him.

Levi (Hebrew) - Genesis 29:34 - associated with him.

Lot (Hebrew) - Genesis 11:27 - wrapped up; hidden; covered; myrrh; rosin.

Lucas (Greek) - Colossians 4:14 - luminous; white.

Luke (Greek) - Colossians 4:14 - luminous; white.

M

Malachi (Hebrew)- Malachi 1:1 - my messenger; my angel.

Manasseh (Hebrew) - Genesis 41:51 - forgetfulness; he that is forgotten.

Marcus (Latin) - Acts 12:12 - polite; shining.

Mark (Latin) - Acts 12:12 - polite; shining.

Matthew (Hebrew) - Matthew 9:9 - given; a reward.

Matthias (Hebrew) - Acts 1:23 - the gift of the Lord.

Melchizedek (Hebrew, German) - Genesis 14:18 - king of justice; king of righteousness.

Micah (Hebrew) - Judges 17:1 - poor; humble.

Micaiah (Hebrew) - 1 Kings 22:8 - who is like to God?

Michael (Hebrew) - Numbers 13:13 - poor; humble.

Mishael (Hebrew) - Exodus 6:22 - who is asked for or lent.

Mordecai (Hebrew) - Esther 2:5 - contrition; bitter; bruising.

Moses (Hebrew) - Exodus 2:10 - taken out; drawn forth.

N

Nadab (Hebrew) - - Exodus 6:23 - free and voluntary gift; prince.

Nahum (Hebrew) - Nahum 1:1 - comforter; penitent.

Naphtali (Hebrew) - Genesis 30:8 - that struggles or fights.

Nathan (Hebrew) - 2 Samuel 5:14 - given; giving; rewarded.

Nathanael (Hebrew) - John 1:45 - the gift of God.

Nehemiah (Hebrew) - Nehemiah. 1:1 - consolation; repentance of the Lord.

Nekoda (Hebrew) - Ezra 2:48 - painted; inconstant.

Nicodemus (Greek) - John 3:1 - victory of the people.

Noah (Hebrew) - Genesis 5:29 - repose; consolation.

O

Obadiah (Hebrew) - 1 Kings 18:3 - servant of the Lord.

Omar (Arabic, Hebrew) - Genesis 36:11 - he that speaks; bitter.

Onesimus (Latin) - Colossians 4:9 - profitable; useful.

Othniel (Hebrew) - Joshua 15:17 - lion of God; the hour of God.

P

Paul (Latin) - Acts 13:9 - small; little.

Peter (Greek) - Matthew 4:18 - a rock or stone.

Philemon (Greek) - Philippians 1:2 - loving; who kisses.

Philip (Greek) - Matthew 10:3 - warlike; a lover of horses.

Phineas (Hebrew) - Exodus 6:25 - bold aspect; face of trust or protection.

Phinehas (Hebrew) - Exodus 6:25 - bold aspect; face of trust or protection.

R

Reuben (Hebrew) - Genesis 29:32 - who sees the son; the vision of the son.

Rufus (Latin) - Mark 15:21 - red.

S

Samson (Hebrew) - Judges 13:24 - his sun; his service; there the second time.

Samuel (Hebrew) - 1 Samuel 1:20 - heard of God; asked of God.

Saul (Hebrew) - 1 Samuel 9:2 - demanded; lent; ditch; death.

Seth (Hebrew) - Genesis 4:25 - put; who puts; fixed.

Shadrach (Babylonian) - Daniel 1:7 - tender, nipple.

Shem (Hebrew) - Genesis 5:32 - name; renown.

Silas (Latin) - Acts 15:22 - three, or the third; woody.

Simeon (Hebrew) - Genesis 29:33 - that hears or obeys; that is heard.

Simon (Hebrew) - Matthew 4:18 - that hears; that obeys.

Solomon (Hebrew) - 2 Samuel 5:14 - peaceable; perfect; one who recompenses.

Stephen (Greek) - Acts 6:5 - crown; crowned.

T

Thaddaeus (Aramaic) - Matthew 10:3 - that praises or confesses.

Theophilus (Greek) - Luke 1:3 - friend of God.

Thomas (Aramaic) - Matthew 10:3 - a twin.

Timothy (Greek) - Acts 16:1 - honor of God; valued of God.

Titus (Latin) - 2 Corinthians 2:13 - pleasing.

Tobiah (Hebrew) - Ezra 2:60 - the Lord is good.

Tobias (Hebrew) - Ezra 2:60 - the Lord is good.

U

Uriah (Hebrew) - 2 Samuel 11:3 - the Lord is my light or fire.

Uzziah (Hebrew) - 2 Kings 15:13 - the strength, or kid, of the Lord.

V

Victor (Latin) - 2 Timothy 2:5 - victory; victor.

Z

Zacchaeus (Hebrew) - Luke 19:2 - pure; clean; just.

Zachariah (Hebrew) - 2 Kings 14:29 - memory of the Lord

Zebadiah (Hebrew) - 1 Chronicles 8:15 - portion of the Lord; the Lord is my portion.

Zebedee (Greek) - Matthew 4:21 - abundant; portion.

Zebulun (Hebrew) - Genesis 30:20 - dwelling; habitation.

Zechariah (Hebrew) - 2 Kings 14:29 - memory of the Lord.

Zedekiah (Hebrew) - 1 Kings 22:11 - the Lord is my justice; the justice of the Lord.

Zephaniah (Hebrew) - 2 Kings 25:18 - the Lord is my secret.

Zerubbabel (Hebrew) - 1 Chronicles. 3:19 - a stranger at Babylon; dispersion of confusion.