Latinized Greek variation of Hebrew Eleazar
"God is my helper"

Lazarus Origin and Meaning

The name Lazarus is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "God is my helper".

Lazarus is a name that looks as if it could possibly be raised from the dead, just like its biblical bearer. Look for it in the next wave of Old Testament revivals that transcend their long-bearded images, the way Noah, Moses, and Abraham have for this generation.

In the Bible, there are two people named Lazarus, the better known being the brother of Mary and Martha of Bethany whom Jesus raised from the dead. There have been also several saints named Lazarus.

As a surname, Lazarus is most identified with poet Emma Lazarus, whose words are displayed on the Statue of Liberty.

Related options are the original Hebrew Eleazar, the Italian and Spanish Lazaro, and the Yiddish form Lazer/Laser, the name of the son in the film The Kids are All Right.

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Famous People Named Lazarus

  • Lazarus of BethanyBiblical man resurrected by Jesus
  • Lazarus Whitehead PowellU.S. Senator and 19th Governor of Kentucky
  • Lazarus Immanuel FuchsGerman mathematician who pioneered linear differential equations
  • Lazarus SeamanEnglish noncomformist clergyman
  • Lazarus Echo (b. 2010)son of musician Trent Reznor
  • Travis Lazarus "Travie" McCoyAmerican musician
  • Emma LazarusAmerican poet and activist

Lazarus in Pop Culture

  • Lazarus Pita reference to the DC Universe; a pit that brings people back to life, but makes them want to kill
  • "Lady Lazarus"a poem by Sylvia Plath
  • Lazarusindestructible protagonist of Lazarus Laughed, a 1927 play by Eugene O'Neill (his parents and sisters, Mary and Martha, are all trampled to death)
  • Lazarus Powheidsexton in Walter Scott's "Castle Dangerous" (1832)
  • LazarusImage Comics series
  • "Me and Lazarus"a song by Iron & Wine
  • Dr Lazarus of Tek'Meckfrom the movie "Galaxy Quest"
  • Dr. LazarusDoctor Who
  • F&R Lazarus & Companydefunct regional department store chain operating primarily in the U.S. Midwest
  • "DigLazarus, Dig!!!", album and song by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • "The Lazarus Effect"2015 Horror/Thriller movie
  • "The Lazarus Sign" 2014 single by American Deathcore bandDefiler
  • "Lazarus" album by American musician Travis McCoy
  • Kirk Lazaruscharacter from 2008 film "Tropic Thunder"