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Biblical Place Names

Biblical place names relate not to the people in the Bible but the physical places. Can these ancient place names work as contemporary baby names? We say yes.
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  • Jordan

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    Jordan became a huge unisex success in the heyday of basketball's Michael Jordan, and is still Number 53 for boys, 260 for girls--it has always been used for children of both genders.The name was o... Read More 

  • Judah

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    Judah is the strong, resonant Old Testament name of the son of Jacob who was the ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel, and from whom the word Jew is derived. Some of the name's newfound populari... Read More 

  • Keilah

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    A city of the Shephelah that works as a first but you'll be forever explaining why it's not Kayla. Read More 

  • Lydda

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    Lydda is the name of a Biblical town whose similarity to Lydia makes it plausible as a first name. But if you're considering Lydda, we can't help but wonder: Why not just stick with Lydia? Read More 

  • Lystra

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    Anatolian city visited by Paul in the Bible, though risks sounding a tad antiseptic. Read More 

  • Marah

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    Marah is where the Israelites camped right after they walked through the parted Red Sea. Marah is related to Mara and has the same "bitter" meaning. Read More 

  • Meribah

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    Though this Biblical place name is found among early American settlers, usually as a male name, today it sounds completely feminine. As a place name, its gender is mutable in any case. An unusual... Read More 

  • Moriah

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    Where Abraham took his son Isaac to sacrifice him. Taylor Hanson chose this as the middle name for his son Viggo, his fourth child, but most will see it as a girl's name. Make life simpler and sp... Read More 

  • Ono

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    Closely tied to the widow of John Lennon.  Read More 

  • Samaria

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    Similar to but distinct from Samara, this pretty name was chosen for his daughter by rapper LL Cool J.  Read More 

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