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Gender: M Meaning of Enoch: "dedicated" Origin of Enoch: Hebrew Enoch's Popularity in 2013: #836

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A major figure in the Old Testament, Enoch was the son of Jared, the father of Methuselah, and the great-grandfather of Noah whose Book of Enoch provides a focal point for ancient Jewish mysticism. Another Enoch was the son of Cain. Enoch Arden is a famous poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Still, none of these things truly accounts for the fact that Enoch is among the fastest-rising boys' names, rising 178 spots to bread into the Top 1000 in 2013. Is it the Boardwalk Empire influence? (Seems unlikely.) Or (more likely) that this name is reminiscent of the wildly popular Ethan?

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Famous People Named Enoch

John Enoch Powell-British politician, classical scholar, linguist and poet.

Pop Culture References for the Name Enoch

Enoch "Nucky" Thompson - character on Boardwalk Empire

Enoch Brae - main character of the movie Restless

Enoch Emery - character in Flannery O'Connor's book Wise Blood

Was briefly inspired by Tennyson's famous and sentimental poem "Enoch Arden" from the 1860s to 1880s.

Enoch-A character from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

'Enoch means consecrated.' 'I don't like your name, Enie.' 'Nor do I, but it's a family name. The Dean is great on names.' [H. A. Vachell, 'Vicar's Walk']

Biblical context: Enoch was the father of Methuselah

Genesis 5:23-25
New International Version (NIV)
23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech.

Enoch was one of the performing chimps in the 1960s TV series The Hathaways

Enoch is a character in Bryan Davis's Christian fantasy series, Oracles of Fire and Children of the Bard.

Enoch's International Variations

Enok (Danish)