Unusual Biblical Baby Names

The Bible is full of names, many of them having grown more popular as baby names over recent years but hundreds of others still unusual. Unusual biblical baby names for boys and girls from both the Old and New Testaments include the following.
  • Barnabas

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    Barnabas, whose birth name was Joseph, was one of the earliest Christian disciples in Jerusalem, who undertook missionary journeys with Paul the Apostle, His name is a bit Old World compared to... Read More 

  • Bartholomew

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    Bartholomew is an apostle's name that's been out of favor for centuries but might appeal again to the parent in search of an old but rare choice. The challenge could be to avoid the Simpson-ish... Read More 

  • Benoni

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    What the Old Testament Rachel originally named Benjamin, before his father changed it; rarely heard today. Read More 

  • Boaz

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    Now that such Old Testament patriarchs as Elijah and Moses fill the playground, Boaz seems downright baby-friendly, having more pizzazz than many of the others, perhaps as a successor to Noah. ... Read More 

  • Ebenezer

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    Ebenezer is the name of a biblical place --the stone set up by Samuel to mark his victory over the Philistines--rather than a person. It was adopted by the British Puritans as a first name and... Read More 

  • Enoch

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    A major figure in the Old Testament, Enoch was the son of Jared, the father of Methuselah, and the great-grandfather of Noah whose Book of Enoch provides a focal point for ancient Jewish... Read More 

  • Ephai

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    Ephai may have a sad meaning but it's an interesting Biblical alternative to such widely-used names as Eli and Elijah.Read More 

  • Ephraim

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    Ephraim is an Old Testament name we would place high on the list of neglected Biblical possibilities, solid but not solemn.

    In Genesis, Ephraim is the second son of Joseph, and founder... Read More 

  • Erastus

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    The Biblical Erastus was an assistant of Paul's in the New Testament. A name used in the 19th century that has fall off the scope, but may be revived as parents dig deeper for undiscovered... Read More 

  • Esau

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    Esau is one of the neglected E-beginning boys' biblical choices--it's been off the popularity lists since 1902! The name of Jacob's twin brother, son of Isaac and Rebecca, Esau could make an ideal... Read More 

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