Christian Meaning of Names


A warm welcome to Christian meaning of names

 

What a wonderful blessing our children are and choosing the name for your baby is part of the pleasure that parents enjoy with their new family. Christian names are important, because your baby’s Christian name will normally be with him/her throughout their entire lives.

Could this be daunting?... Yes!
Could it be exciting? Yes, very exciting: and many Christian parents derive great satisfaction when they are able to know a name's meaning before they make the final decision.

There are two things that you need think about carefully. Make sure that the name you choose goes well with the surname: and that the initials do not produce any unfortunate combinations.
There are numerous other items on this web site that we hope you’ll find interesting at this special time for you. 

Christian meaning of names

A

Abel: Breath.
(Able was the second son of Adam and Eve.)
Abigail: A father's joy, or Source of joy
Abel:
God is my Father
Ada:
Prosperous, or Happy, or Ornament
Adam:
A man of the red earth.
(Adam was the first man that God created

Adina: Slender/Delicate
Amos:
Burden, or Burden bearer
Andrew:
Manly/Courageous.
(Andrew was the brother of the apostle, Simon Peter).

Anna: Grace/Graceful
Ariel:
Lion of God
Asher:
Happy/Lucky


B

Barnabas: Son of consolation
Benjamin:
Son of the right hand.
(Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob.)

Bernice: Victorious
Bethany:
House of unripe figs

Bethesda: House of mercy
Blossom: As a rose
Boaz: Strength/Swiftness.
(Boaz was the husband of Ruth, an ancestor of Jesus.)


C
Caleb: Devoted and wholehearted
Carmel: Garden/Orchard, or Field
Claudia:
Claudia was a disciple in Rome
Cornelius:
Strong, or Sun rays.
(In the New Testament Cornelius was a Roman centurion)

D

Damaris: An Athenian woman who was converted by Paul
Darius: Possessing the good.
(Darius was a great ruler of Persia (now Iran) about 500 B.C.

Daniel: God is my judge.
(Daniel was a prophet who lived in Old Testament times and interpreted the sign of the moving finger.)

David: Beloved/The adored one.
(David was a great King of Israel, who won many battles and wrote many of the psalms.)

Deborah: The bee, or An industrious woman.
(Deborah was an Old Testament prophetess who led the Israelites.)

Debra: Like Deborah, above
Dinah: Judgment
Delilah: Beautiful temptress/Delicate,
(Delilah was beautiful and the lover of Samson. She tricked him into cutting his hair, causing him to lose his strength.)

E

Eli: God is high.
(Eli was an Old Testament prophet. Eli also means My God, 
Jesus'  cry from the cross.)

Elijah: Jehovah is God.
(Eli was an Old Testament prophet.)

Elisabeth: Consecrated to God
Elisha:
God is my help/My God is salvation

Emanuel:
God is with us
Emma:
All embracing/Wide reaching/Completely
Enoch:
Dedicated teacher.
(Enoch was a son of Cain)

Esther:
A star,
(Queen Esther was the Jewish queen of Xerxes the king of Persia, and by her faith God used her to save the Jewish people from annihilate
Ephraim:
Doubly fruitful,
(In the Old Testament Ephraim was the younger son of Joseph)

Ethan:
One noted for wisdom/Constant/Firm/Strong
Eve:
Life giving, or Life
(God made Eve from Adam's rib and she became the wife of the first man.)

Ezekiel:
God strengthens
Ezra:
The helper,
(An Old Testament priest, who led the Israelis back to Zion)

G

Gabriel: Man of God/God is my strength
Gabrielle:
Woman of God/God is my strength
Gideon:
The mighty warrior/cutter of trees,
(Gideon was called by an angel.)
H
Hanna: Favoured by God, or Graciousness/Graceful
Hannah:
As Hanna (above)
Hagar:
Flight/God has heard.
(Hagar was a servant in Abram's (Abraham's) household

Hazael: God has seen/Sees the Lord
Hazel:
God has seen/Sees the Lord
Hiram:
Exalted/High born,

(Hiram was the King of Tyre who helped the Jewish kings David and Solomon
Hosanna:
Please save Now, or prayer of praise
Hoshea:
Salvation,
(Hoshea was the original name for Joshua)
I

Immanuel: God is with us
Isaac: Laughter/The laughing one,
(Isaac was a son of Abraham and the father of Jacob, ancestors of Jesus.)

Isaiah: God is salvation,
(Isaiah was a great Old Testament prophet and many of his prophecies were about Jesus Christ.)
J
Jabal: Flowing/Flowing River
Jacob:
Held by the heel
(God changed Jacob's name to Israel, and made him father of the Jewish Nation, who are still called Israelis.)

James:
Heel catcher,
(Greek form of Jacob.)

Jemima: A dove
Jeremiah:
God will establish, or Yahweh will exalt
Jeremy:
Means the same as Jeremiah (above.)
Jephthah:
He will open
Jerubbaal:
Contends with Baal.
(the name given to Gideon for destroying Baal's alter.)

Jesse:
God's gift/God exists
(Jesse was the father of king David)

Joanna: God has been gracious
(with others Joanna heralded Christ's resurrection.)

Job: He that weeps, or cries.
Joel:
Jehovah is God
(Joel was one of king David's mighty men.)

Jonah: A man of peace, or A dove.
Jonathan:
God has given
(Jonathan was the eldest son of king Saul, and a good friend of king David.)


Joseph: God shall add
(Joseph was the earthly father of Jesus Christ, and the husband of Mary, Jesus' mother.)

Joshua: God is salvation
(God's man to take over from Moses and lead the Israelites to the Promised Land.)

Jude: Praise
Judith
: Jewess, or a woman from Judea

Julia: A family name of the Roman Caesars
(it is the feminine form of Julius.)
L

Lazarus: God has helped
(Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead!)

Levi: United,
(Levi was the name given to Old testament priests

Leah:
Light of the sun
Lucia:
Light
Luke:
Bright/Light, or White,
(Luke is another name for Lucia, or Lucas.)
Lois:
Agreeable,

Lydia: Of Lydia
(she was converted by Saint Paul.)

M
Magdala: Seaside village, or Tower
Magdalene:
Tower.
(Magdalene was one of the Mary's at the time of Jesus.)

Malachi: My angel, or My messenger
Marcus:
Defence, or Warlike
Mark:
An object, or Large hammer
(it relates to the planet, Mars.)

Martha: A lady
(Martha was the sister of Mary and Lazarus, the man raised from the dead by Jesus.)

Mary: Obstinate/Stubborn
(There are several Mary’s in the Bible the best know is Mary the mother of Jesus.)

Matthew: A gift from God
(Matthew was an apostle of Jesus.)

Micah: Who is like Yahweh, who is like God
(Micah was one of the prophets who warned the Jews of the judgment about to befall Israel.)

Michal: A brook

Michael: Like the lord
(Michael was an archangel.)

Miriam: Obstinate/Stubborn/Bitter
(Miriam was the elder sister of Moses and Aaron.)

Myra: Myrrh
(Myrrh was one of the gifts from the three wise men to Jesus, It is also the name of a city in Lycia.)

N

Naomi: My delight/pleasant

Nathan: The gift of God

Nehemiah: Comfort of God

Nebuchadezzar: (Was the king of Babylon, who took the Jewish Nation captive.)

Nicolas: Victory of the people

Nicodemas: Conqueror/Victory for the people, (This was the man that Jesus told, “You Must be born again.”)

Noah: Peace, or Rest, (Noah built the ark that saved him, his family and the animals at the time of the flood.)

O

Orpah: A fawn, or Lively maiden, or Neck

P
Paul: Small
(But Paul was never small in achievement, he was one of the outstanding preachers in the New Testament.)

Peter: A rock (After denying that he knew Jesus, Peter became a fearless and very effective preacher.)

Philip: A lover of horses.

Phoebe: Pure/Bright,
(Phoebe was a deaconess of a New Testament church.)

Priscilla: (Was one of Paul’s helpers and the wife of Aquila, a Jewish tent maker.)

R

Rachel: A ewe,
(Rachel was the wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph.)

Rahab: Spacious,
(Rahab was the name of a prostitute in Jericho.)

Rebekah: A knotted cord,
She was wife of Isaac in the

Bible.)

Reuben: Behold a son,
(Jacob’ eldest son.)

Rhoda: Rose bush

Ruth: Female companion,
(Ruth was the wife of Boaz, and an ancestor of Jesus.)

S

Samuel: Asked of God,
(Samuel anointed the shepherd, David, who slew the philistine giant and later became king David.)

Salome: Peace,
Salome entered the tomb of Jesus.
)

Sapphira:
Sapphire
:
Deep blue
Sophia: Wisdom Deep blue/Beautiful

Sarah: A princess,
(Sarah was the wife of Abraham.)

Seth: The appointed one,
(Seth was the first son of Adam and Eve.)

Sharon: A flat plane

Simeon: Hearing,
(Simeon is another name of Simon.)

Simon: Hearing

Solomon: Peaceable/Wants peace,
(
King Solomon asked God to give him wisdom and became the wisest man who ever lived, (except for Jesus of course

Stephen: A crown, or A garland.)
Susan:
Lilly,
(Jesus said that the lilies of the field were beautiful.)

Susanna: A Lilly,or A rose,
(Susanna was a believer who ministered to Jesus.)

T

Tabitha: A gazelle/A doe

Tamara: A palm tree

Tiffany: The Trinity, or A manifestation of God

Tim: Shortened from Timothy,
(means, Revere God - Honoured by God)

Timothy: Honouring God/Honoured by God

U

Uriah: God is light

Z

 Zacharias: Remembered by the Lord, (He was the father of John the Baptist.)

Zion: Fortress,
(Zion is also used as a name for the Jewish homeland)


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