It’s not just religious folk choosing baby names from the bible.
Biblical baby names are beautiful and have been in use for centuries. Many of them are considered classic choices.
Some parents might choose them in order to conjure an obedient child. Others may not even know they have chosen a name with Biblical origins.
Gwyneth Paltrow seems properly influenced by the bible naming her children Apple (from the Garden of Eden?) and Moses.
There’s no arguing the name Moses comes from the bible.
Nameberry has listed the top 11 biblical baby names for boys and best 11 biblical baby names for girls, some of which are still wildly popular as well as a few forgotten classics.
Top 11 biblical baby names for boys
Jacob has long been one of the most popular baby names in the western world. Jacob had two wives (a sign of the times), lots of kids and was known for being quite, thoughtful and family-focused, preferring to stay close to home tending his flocks.
Not just a name made famous by the Mission Impossible series, biblical Ethan was praised for his wisdom. Ethan means strong, optimistic, solid, enduring and permanent.
The builder of the ark, a symbol of hope and survival, the name Noah evokes images of strength and leadership. He is also thought to have fathered three sons at the age of 100 which is mighty impresive, if true.
Archangel Michael is one of the most well-known angels known as a defender of the Jewish people. Apparently he lead an army against Satan, which gives the name images of power.
The story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den is one of the most popular biblical stories for children. Daniel was known to be a visionary prophet and a leader.
The Gospel of Matthew is the first book in the New Testament. Matthew was one of the disciples who was said to have witnessed Jesus’ descent into heaven. A tax collector driven by greed, he was chosen by Jesus and managed to transform his life.
In the Book of Kings Elijah was a miracle worker who raised the dead, conjured rain made of fire and and ascended in a whirlwind. He did all of this after challenging Baal, the god responsible for rain, thunder, lightening and dew.