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Bible Baby Names: Most Popular

Bible baby names have been getting increasingly popular over the past several decades. Old Testament Names for boys, particularly, have been high on the popular baby names list, but some Biblical girls' names are also longtime favorites. Here's a selection of the most popular Bible baby names. For more unusual choices, you might also want to check the Cool Bible Baby Names list.
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  • Jonah

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    Jonah, the name of the Old Testament prophet who was swallowed by the whale, only to emerge unharmed three days later, is increasingly appreciated by parents looking for a biblical name less common... Read More 

  • Joshua

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    Joshua was a Top 10 name from 1983 until 2010, now ranking at Number 21, but still with more than 11,000 little Joshuas entering the already crowded Josh World in 2013, which would make it tough fo... Read More 

  • Matthew

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    Matthew was the third most popular boys' name in America throughout the 1980s and 90s, and is still Number 15 (there were more than thirteen thousand baby Matts last year). The New Testament Matth... Read More 

  • Nathan

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    Nathan is an Old Testament name that's been steadily on the upswing for forty years and is now at Number 31. Strong, solid, and attractive, Nathan was chosen for his son by Jon Stewart. It's a name... Read More 

  • Nathaniel

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    Although Nathan is more popular, the more dignified Nathaniel is firmly in the Top 100 and has been since the 1980s. Despite the profusion of Nat names around, Nathaniel remains singularly appeali... Read More 

  • Noah

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    Noah surprised the baby name world in 2013 to become the new Number 1 name, unseating Jacob after a thirteen-year reign. Noah, the name of the Old Testament patriarch of the ark, is one of those u... Read More 

  • Rachel

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    Delicacy, softness, and Old Testament importance made Rachel a top biblical choice from the seventies on. At a much earlier time Rachel was considered characteristically Jewish--it wasn't used as ... Read More 

  • Rebecca

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    Rebecca is a name representing beauty in the Bible, an Old Testament classic that reached the heights of revived popularity in the seventies but is still a pretty and prudent choice. The Becca shor... Read More 

  • Samuel

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    Samuel has long been a popular Old Testament classic, and is currently just inside the Top 25, with close to 11,000 boys named Samuel annually. Its continued use is somewhat propelled by the likabi... Read More 

  • Sarah

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    Sarah is an Old Testament name -- she was the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac -- that is a timeless classic, as perpetually stylish as it is traditional. Sarah is still very widely used, but wi... Read More 

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