Are there really any good unusual boys’ names left in the Bible? Old Testament names for boys have been fashionable for going on half a century now, from the 1960s Adam to the present day Asher. Could there possibly be any obscure-yet-usable choices left?
Hundreds of them, in fact. The Bible is so full of unusual boys’ names that the choices seem nearly infinite, and as a new generation moves from hoary to hottie, others that once seemed to strange to consider start to feel possible.
Here, a dozen unusual Biblical names for boys you might want to consider.
Asaiah, “the Lord hath made” There are several Bibilcal personages with this name, including a prince. Another name you might want to consider if you love Asher but fear it’s becoming overused, or if you like Asa but want to start with something longer.
Boaz, “swiftness.” Boaz is associated with the Jewish holiday Shavuot–as that is when the Bible story of Ruth is read in the synagogue, and Boaz was Ruth’s wealthy and generous second husband–and so is sometimes given to boys born on that holiday.
Jorah, “early rain.” Jorah was an ancestor of a large family who accompanied Ezra out of Babylon. The ah ending, which might have felt feminine at one point, has firmed up thanks to the popularity of Noah and Joshua.
Mahlon , “sickly.” Mahlon was a son of Naomi and the husband of Ruth, who arranged to have a child who would bear his name after his death. That child became the grandfather of King David. Mahlon’s downside: sad meaning.