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Gender: M Meaning of Ezra: "help" Origin of Ezra: Hebrew Ezra's Popularity in 2014: #119

Ezra has a lot going for it: the strength of its heroic Biblical legacy, its quirky sound, and its fresh but familiar feel. Ezra is currently growing in popularity with parents seeking a fresh biblical name--it is now at Number 119, its highest ever, up 34 places in one year.

According to the Bible, Ezra led a group of fifteen hundred Israelites out of slavery in Babylon and back to Jerusalem. There is also the poetry connection to Ezra Pound -- in addition to young Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein. Ezra Cornell was a founder of Western Union and co-founder of the university that bears his name and Ezra Jack Keats is a popular children's book author-illustrator.

Both Paul Reiser and Taylor Hanson are dads to boys named Ezra, and there are Ezras to be found in Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone and Daniel Deronda by George Eliot.

And let's not forget the band--Better Than Ezra--rising actor Ezra Miller, Vampire Weekend musician Ezra Koenig or the character Ezra Fitz from Pretty Little Liars.

Famous People Named Ezra

Ezra, Biblical priest
Ezra Pound, American poet
Ezra Michael Koenig, American musician from the band Vampire Weekend
Ezra Miller, American actor
Ezra Stiles, American minister and president of Yale College
Ezra Taft Benson, former president of the LDS church
Ezra Jack Keats, American author/illustrator
Ezra Butler, American NFL football player
Ezra Hervey Heywood, American abolitionist and suffragist
Ezra Klein, American journalist, blogger and columnist
Ezra Hendrickson, Vincentian MLS footballer
Ezra Horton, English footballer
Ezra Kire, lead singer of American punk band Morning Glory
Ezra Cornell, American founder of Cornell University
Ezra Edelman, American TV producer and director
Ezra Cline, American bluegrass bassist
Ezra Nahmad, Lebanese art collector
Jordan Ezra Hanson (b. 2002), son of musician Taylor Hanson
George Ezra, English singer and songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Ezra

Ezra Bridger, character from Star Wars Rebels
Ezra Fitz, character from the Pretty Little Liars series
Ezra Standish, character on TV's "The Magnificent Seven"
Ezra, character in movie "Seven Pounds"
Ezra Ezekiel Baxter, character in book/movie "The Yearling"
Ezra, character in comics by Sean O'Reilly
Ezra, character in 2003 movie "The Haunted Mansion"
Ezra Friedken, character on the tv series "Higher Ground"
"Ezra," song by Flume
"Ezra," 2007 movie
Better Than Ezra, an American rock band
Ezra Cohen, character from George Eliot's "Daniel Deronda"
Ezra "Mordecai" Lapidoph, character from George Eliot's "Daniel Deronda"
Ezra, character from High School Story

Esdras, Ezer, Esra, Ezri, Azariah, Azur, Ezrah, Ezurah, Ezyra, Ezyrah

Ezra's International Variations

Esdras (Spanish) Ezri (Israeli) Esdra, Esdras, Esra, Ezer, Ezzret, Uzair (Arabic) Ezera (Hawaiian)