"delivered from the water"

Moses Origin and Meaning

The name Moses is a boy's name of Egyptian origin meaning "delivered from the water".

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's choice of this white-bearded Old Testament name helped bring it into the modern age, along with brethren Elijah, Isaiah and Isaac. User-friendly nicknames include Moe and Mose.

The biblical story of Moses is, of course, one of the most familiar from the Old Testament -- Moses being found as a baby in the bulrushes, growing up to lead the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage and into the Promised Land, then bringing down the Ten Commandments from Mount Sinai.

Moshe, as in Israeli statesman Dayan, is the original Hebrew form of the name. In Spanish, it is Moises, and in Yiddish, Moishe.

A namesake from the world of sports is NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone. Mose Allison, meanwhile, is a jazz blues pianist and singer.

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Famous People Named Moses

  • MosesBiblical prophet
  • Moses Maimonidesmedieval Spanish philosopher and Torah scholar
  • Moses MendelssohnGerman philosopher, "father of Reform Judaism"
  • Moses MaloneAmerican basketball player
  • Moses MontefioreItalian,British philanthropist
  • Moses Fleetwood "Fleet" WalkerAmerican baseball player
  • Moses SoyerRussian/American artist; twin brother Raphael Soyer
  • Moses Mortimer Barrett III aka Petey PabloAmerican rapper
  • Moses ChanHong Kong actor
  • Moses Amadeus Farrowson of actress Mia Farrow and director Woody Allen
  • Moses Bruce Anthony Martin (b. 2006)son of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and musician Chris Martin
  • Callum Ryan Moses Schweain (b. 2010)son of singer Kristin Swinford,Schweain of ZOEgirl
  • Rick MosesAmerican actor
  • William R. MosesAmerican actor
  • Joseph "Joe" MosesAmerican comedian

Moses in Pop Culture

  • Mosesa main character in movie "Attack the Block"
  • Moses Agencycharacter in movie "Diamonds"
  • Moses Willow Jane Grace "Mosey" Slocumbfemale character in the novel "A Grown,Up Kind Of Pretty" by Joshilyn Jackson
  • Archie Mosescharacter in movie "Bulletproof"
  • Moses Hightowercharacter in the "Police Academy" Film series

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