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Gender: M Meaning of Moses: "delivered from the water" Origin of Moses: Egyptian Moses's Popularity in 2012: #546

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's choice of this white-bearded Old Testament name helped bring it into the modern age, along with brethren Elijah, Isaiah, and Isaac. User-friendly nicknames include Moe and Mose.

The biblical story of Moses is, of course, one of the most familiar from the Old Testament--Moses being found as a baby in the bulrushes, growing up to lead the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage and into the Promised Land, then bringing down the Ten Commandments from Mount Sinai.

Moshe, as in Israeli statesman Dayan, is the Yiddish form of the name. In Spanish, it is Moises.

A namesake from the world of sports is NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone; Mose Allison is a jazz blues pianist and singer.

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Famous People Named Moses

Moses the prophet
Moses Bruce Anthony Martin, son of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Rick Moses, American actor
William R. Moses, American actor
Joseph "Joe" Moses, American comedian
Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885), Italian-born British philanthropist
Moses Amadeus Farrow, son of American actress Mia Farrow
Moses Soyer, Russian/American artist; twin brother Raphael Soyer
Son of Woody Allen

Pop Culture References for the Name Moses

Moses, a main character in the 2011 film Attack the Block
Archie Moses, from the movie "Bulletproof
Moses Agency, from the movie "Diamonds"

Mo, Moe, Moise, Moishye, Moke, Mose, Mosie, Moss

Moses's International Variations

Mousa, Musa, Mozes (Arabic) Moisei (Bulgarian) Moïse (French) Moisis, Moyses (Greek) Mózes, Mozses, Mojzesz (Hungarian) Maois (Irish Gaelic) Moze (Lithuanian) Mosze, Moszek (Polish) Moises (Portuguese) Mosya, Moisse, Moisey (Russian) Móizes (Slavic) Moshe, Moishe, Mosheh, Moyshe (Yiddish)