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The Most Popular Biblical Names for Boys

Biblical names have always been popular for boys, and their influence has only risen in recent years.  The dozen boys’ names here all stand below the Top 20.   Eight derive from the Old Testament, three from the New, with one – Michael – figuring in both.  A half century ago, there were fewer biblical names on the boys’ Top 20 and more of those were from the New Testament.  What hasn’t changed is that all these names are well liked and have deep roots, and will serve any boy well.  The most popular biblical names for boys today, and the figures behind them, are:

Jacob

Jacob, the Number 1 boys’ name in the US for over a decade, is the name of one of the most important biblical patriarchs, with the 12 tribes of Israel evolving from his 12 sons. In the Old Testament, Jacob was the son of Isaac and Rebecca, the twin brother of Esau, and the husband of both Rachel and Leah.

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