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Aramaic Names

ThomasHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic
  • Meaning:

    "twin"
  • Description:

    Thomas is the Greek variation of the Aramaic name Ta’oma’. It came about because there were too many apostles named Judas; Jesus renamed one Thomas—meaning "twin"—to distinguish him from Judas Iscariot and the Judas also known as Thaddeus. At first, it was used only for priests.

ThaddeusHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic, meaning unclear, possibly from Theodore
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Thaddeus, a distinguished, long-neglected name, has several areas of appeal: a solid New Testament legacy, a nice antique feel, and the choice of several more modern nicknames and international variations.

TabithaHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic
  • Meaning:

    "gazelle"
  • Description:

    Though never as popular as the name of her Bewitched mother, Samantha, Tabitha has its own quirky, magical charm. The name of a charitable woman who was restored to life by Saint Peter in the Bible, it was a popular Puritan choice. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick chose it for one of their twin daughters, which gave it a slight boost. Nonetheless, Tabitha remains in decline.

MariaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew or Egyptian
  • Meaning:

    "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"
  • Description:

    As a highly popular girls’ name in all Spanish-speaking countries, this saintly Latin variation of Mary retains a timeless beauty. Through the centuries, Maria remains one of the most widely-used girl names starting with M.

OranHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew, Irish, Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "light, song, little green one"
  • Description:

    A calm and gentle multicultural choice. Oran is popular in Ireland, where its Gaelic form is Odhrán, meaning "little green one". In Scottish Gaelic, the name means "song", and in Hebrew, it's a combination of Or "light" + Ran "singing".

MarthaHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic
  • Meaning:

    "lady"
  • Description:

    The name of our first First Lady still has something of a prim and proper image, academic and efficient. That quiet, traditional, and tasteful gestalt is exactly what makes Martha appealing to some parents today.

TalithaHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic
  • Meaning:

    "little girl"
  • Description:

    Talitha appears in the Bible as words Jesus says to awaken a young girl whose parents feared she was dead. It has been used in the US since colonial times. Talitha is also the name of two stars in Ursa Major, where it's related to the Arabic word for "third." Talitha definitely makes a fresh spin on Tabitha or Talisa.

BarnabasHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic
  • Meaning:

    "son of consolation"
  • Description:

    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 the update Barnaby, but could gain some attention as boys' names ending in 's' are enjoying a comeback.

MessiahHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic word name
  • Meaning:

    "expected savior or deliverer"
  • Description:

    A handful of years ago, a judge in Tennessee ruled that parents could not name their son Messiah, "because there's only one." That decision has since been overturned.

CephasHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic
  • Meaning:

    "rock"
  • Description:

    The apostle Simon was called Cephas by Jesus because he was to be the rock upon which the Christian church was to be built. In most versions of the New Testament, Cephas is translated into Petros in Greek, Peter in English.

MagdaleneHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Magdalen
  • Meaning:

    "woman from Magdala or high tower"
  • Description:

    This name made famous in the New Testament has gone from crusty grandma to sleek and chic in recent years, or is it months? The name's image is perhaps helped by the fact that Mary Magdalene was one of the most intriguing women inthe Bible, both a saint and a sinner.

MagdalenHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "woman from Magdala or high tower"
  • Description:

    Biblical name long associated with the fallen-yet-redeemed Mary Magdalen, now rising improbably into the ranks of the fashionable among parents hungry for classic yet distinctive girls' names. The Magdalene and Magdalena versions are perhaps even more stylish. Can be shortened to Maggie or Magda but the full version is prettiest. One of our new favorites!

XiamaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Feminine variation of Guiomar, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Meaning:

    "famous in battle"
  • Description:

    The longer form of Xia is more rhythmic but also more problematic.

MaritHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic
  • Meaning:

    "pearl"
  • Description:

    An unusual and straightforward name with an attractive Scandinavian accent; a royal name in Norway.

NaharaHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic and Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "light"
  • Description:

    Beguiling cousin of Sahara.

ShamirHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic
  • Meaning:

    "a sharp thorn, flint"
  • Description:

    Traditional Jewish name and the implement said to have been used by Solomon to cut the huge stones for the building of the Temple.

YanaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic
  • Meaning:

    "he will answer"
  • Description:

    The biblical husband of the queen of Sheba; an unusual name with an interesting sound, rhyming with lanai.

AninaHeart

  • Origin:

    German, Aramaic
  • Meaning:

    "grace; let my prayer be answered"
  • Description:

    This pretty palindrome name is rarely heard in the US, but could make an interesting namesake for an aunt or grandma Ann. It's also a German diminutive form of Anna.

IdraHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic
  • Meaning:

    "fig tree"
  • Description:

    Idra is one of the less obvious botanical names. In ancient times, a fig tree was a symbol of learning, peace, and prosperity.

RaziahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "the Lord's secret"
  • Description:

    One of a number of Hebrew girls' namestarting with Raz. Others include Razel, Raziela,Razili and Raziya.