Combing through the entire Bible to find biblical boy names may be a daunting task. If you’re like some devout Christians, you read your favourite passages repeatedly, especially during trying times, but rarely read the entire book.
Our list of Bible names for boys includes less-used sacred names, as well as many of the favourites you’re likely familiar with. As you plan for the arrival of your baby, this list should be a timesaver for you.
Biblical Names for Boys and Meanings
If you’re looking for a holy or divine name for your baby boy, the Bible contains many options, some of which have held up well in the centuries since it was written.
A Hebrew name, Jacob means he who supplants.
Jacob was the twin son of Isaac and Rebecca. His first biblical mention was in the Book of Genesis.
Jadon is another Hebrew name, meaning he will judge.
Jadon is known in the Bible as being one of the people who repaired the wall of Jerusalem. He is often called a Meronothite since he hailed from Meronoth, a town that biblical scholars can’t seem to locate.
James, which comes from a Hebrew origin, means supplanter.
In the Bible, James was an apostle, one of the original 12. A fisherman by occupation, James was also John the Apostle’s brother.
Stemming from the Hebrew name Yared, Jared means descent.
According to the Bible, Jared lived 962 years and fathered Enoch when he was a mere 162 years old. That gives him the distinction of being listed as the second oldest person in the Hebrew Bible.
Jason is a name that stems from both Hebrew and Greek origins, and it means the Lord is salvation or healer.
Named in the New Testament, Jason of Thessalonica was forcibly taken from his home by non-believing Jewish people who were looking to seize Paul. He was arrested and posted bail.
A Hebrew name, Javan comes from the word yavan and means Greece.
Javan was Noah’s grandson and was considered to be the Greek people’s forefather.
Another Hebrew name, Jaziel means allotted by God.
Jaziel is a name variation of Jahzeel. It is pronounced as Jah-zeel.
A Hebrew name, Jedediah means friend of God.
Jedediah has never been an often-used name. In the past 100 years, it has only placed on the top 1,000 names list for boys 9 times. It hasn’t appeared since 1985.
Jeremiah is a Hebrew name that means the Lord exalts.
An Arabic name, Jericho means city of the moon.
Jericho, a Canaan city in the Bible, was destroyed by Israelites and was abandoned. In modern times, Chris Jericho is a popular wrestler known for his over-the-top personality and athleticism.
A Hebrew name, Jesse means God’s gift.
Joel is a Hebrew name that means the lord is God.
The Bible mentions 12 minor prophets, and Joel was the second of them. Joel has been a constant fixture on the list of popular male names in the U.S. for more than a century.
John is Hebrew in origin, coming from the name Yochanan and meaning God is gracious.
For more than 100 years, this name has been one of the most-used names in the U.S. If you give your child this name, he’ll likely have several other Johns in his class at school. To be a little different, you can go with Johnny, Jon, Jonathan, or Johnathan.
Jonah is a Hebrew name that means dove.
One of the tales of the Bible that most capture the imagination of children is Jonah and the whale. In this story, Jonah is swallowed by a giant fish, often called a whale, and three days later is vomited out of the fish, alive and well.
Coming from the name Yohanan, Jonas is a Hebrew name that also means dove.
Jonah, from the Jonah and the whale tale, is also sometimes known as Jonas. When you know the tale of Jonah and the whale, it makes it slightly funny that the main character of The Meg book and movie is named Jonas. In this story, Jonas Taylor is trying to stop a megalodon from snacking on people in the ocean.
Stemming from the Hebrew name Yosef, Joseph means addition or increase.
The story of Joseph and his coat of many colours from the Book of Genesis led to amazing songs.
Joshua is derived from Yehoshua, a Hebrew name that means a deliverer or saviour.
Joshua was a name that was used occasionally since 1920 but gained mainstream popularity beginning in the 1970s. Although it has never reached number one, it has spent a lot of years as the third, fourth, or fifth most popular name in the U.S. for boys.
A Hebrew name, Josiah means heals or God supports.
King Josiah ruled over Judah from approximately 640 to 609 B.C. Despite being the descendant of two corrupt kings, Josiah was known as a just and honourable king in the Bible.
Judah is a Hebrew name that means praised.
There are two mentions of Judah in the holy book. One is a place called Judah, and the other is a person, the son of Jacob and Leah.
Jude has its roots in Greek and means he who is praised.
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