The Old Testament is also called the Hebrew Bible, and it contains the legends, histories, laws and prophecies of the ancient Hebrews. Of course there are also lots of names inspired by the Old Testament characters. If you like biblical baby names
, you could consider of of these common English names that originate from the Old Testament.
Old Testament Boy Names
Adam: The first human. The name Adam means "red earth."
Daniel: A Hebrew prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel. The name Daniel means "God is my judge."
David: One of the most beloved characters in the Bible. The name David means "beloved."
Isaac: The much-loved son of Abraham and Sarah. The name Isaac means "laughter."
Jacob: The younger twin brother of Esau who purchased his brother's birthright. The name jacob means "supplanter."
Jeremiah: A 7th century prophet and the author of the book of Lamentations in the Old Testament. The name Jeremiah means "exalted of the lord."
Jonathan: The eldest son of Saul. The name Jonathan means "yahweh has given."
Joseph: The eleventh son of Jacob and the first with his wife Rachel. The name Joseph means "he will add."
Michael: One of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible. In the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament he is named as a protector of Israel.
Noah: The builder of the Ark that allowed him, his family, and animals of each species to survive the great Flood. The name Noah means "rest, comfort."
Old Testament Girl Names
Eve: The first woman in the Bible. The name means Life.
Judith: One of the wives of Esau, and the name means "he will be praised."
Leah: The oldest daughter of Laban and became Jacob's first wife. The name Leah means "Gazelle or wild cow."
Miriam: The sister of Aaron and Moses, and the name means "bitter or rebellious."
Naomi: The wife and mother who lost her family, and he story is told in the book of Ruth. The name Naomi means "Joy, delight."
Rachel: The younger daughter of Laban, who was also given to Jacob as a wife. The name Rachel means "ewe."
Rebecca: The wife of Isaac and the mother of Jacob and Esau. The name Rebecca means "to tie, couple or join."
Ruth: Naomi's daughter-in-law, who take care of her after the death of her husband and children. The name Ruth means "friend or companion."
Sarah: The half sister and wife of Abraham, and the name Sarah means "princess."
Sharon: The fertile plain near the coast of Israel. The name Sharon means "plain."
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