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Gender: Male Meaning of Ezekiel: "God strengthens" Origin of Ezekiel: Hebrew Ezekiel's Popularity in 2017: #82

The name Ezekiel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "God strengthens". Ezekiel is ranked #82 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Ezekiel, a visionary Old Testament prophet name, used to be reduced to its nickname Zeke, but modern parents now embrace it in full for its power and dignity. Along with biblical brethren Asher and Ezra, Ezekiel is rising steadily up the popularity charts and is poised to take over for fading first wave Old Testament choices such as Zachary. Ezekiel has been shooting up the charts in recent years.

Ezekiel Cheever is a character in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, and an Ezekiel (nn Zeke) appeared on Wizards of Waverly Place, and is one of the Emanuel brothers to Rahm and Ari. 'Ezekiel' is a signature song of Harry Belafonte. Both Beau Bridges and Tisha Campbell-Martin have sons named Ezekiel. The growing stardom of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot may push this name even higher.

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Famous People Named Ezekiel

Ezekiel, Biblical prophet
Ezekiel Albert Straw, American politician, 34th governor of New Hampshire
Ezekiel Bacon, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
Ezekiel Whitman, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
Ezekiel Jackson, ring name of Rycklon Stephens, Guyanese professional wrestler
Ezekiel David "Zeki" Fryers, English footballer
Ezekiel Jonathan "Zeke" Emanuel, American bioethicist
Ezekiel Kemboi (Cheboi), Kenyan Olympic runner
Ezekiel Nana "Ziggy" Ansah, Ghanaian NFL football player
Ezekiel Jiles aka Freekey Zekey, American rapper
Ezekiel Magolyo Maige, Tanzanian politician
Ezekiel Elliot, American football player
Ezekiel Jeffrey "Zeke" Bridges, son of actor Beau Bridges
Ezekiel Czar Martin (b. 2010), son of actress Tisha Campbell-Martin
Charles Ezekiel Mozes, son of actress Cynthia Nixon and Danny Mozes
Imoh Ezekiel, Nigerian footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Ezekiel

Ezekiel, twenty-sixth book in the Bible
Ezekiel Jones, character on the TV series "The Librarians"
Ezekiel 'Zeke', character in the "Divergent" trilogy
Ezekiel "Zeek" Braverman, patriarch on TV series "Parenthood"
Ezekiel, character from the "Total Drama" TV series
Ezekiel Bloor, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Ezekiel "Zeke" Figuero, a character in the musical drama television series "The Get Down"
Dov Ezekiel Epstein, a character on TV's "Rookie Blue"
King Ezekiel, character from the comic book and TV series "The Walking Dead"

Zeke, Ziek, Zeek

Ezekiel's International Variations

Hesiquio, Ezekyel, Izechiel, Isiwuiel, Ezequiel, Eziechiele, Quiel, Chaco, Chequil, Exequiel, Esequiel, Chequelo, Hexiquio, Checo, Esequio, Esekial, Exechio, Ezikyel, Ezechiel, Ezikiel, Ezykiel (Spanish) Heskel, Haskel (Yiddish) Ézéchiel (French)


daniwinnm Says:


Love the name Ezekiel as I love z names and names that end with -iel (though I'm not religious), but Zeke is so ugly to me. It leaves in the hard sounding "k" and gets rid of the prettier "iel". It also rhymes with geek and has associations with some weird people to me.

Genevieve Whitelock Says:


I've always liked the name Zeke, ever since I watched the faculty in the late 90's! I kinda liked Ezekiel too but it always seemed like a big name and a bit I have 2 girls whose names begin with E I'm drawn to the name more for a boy as I can have another E name as well as my old fav Zeke. I kinda like Ezra too but not keen on the A ending. Ezekiel feels more masculine and strong. Great name!

Genevieve Whitelock Says:


Vaping? Wow how times have changed lol. The thought of a blonde teenager on a skateboard works for me!

Margot23 Says:


love this, but the Zeke thing is a turn off for me. I picture some blonde teenager vaping on a skateboard

Eliza1303 Says:


I like this name a lot it sounds very strong. I really like the nickname Zeke as well.

indiefendi2 Says:


My favorite biblical name. The meaning fits the sound! Strength. ;)

LV51sfan91 Says:


At first I strongly disliked this name. Now I adore it and love the cool nickname Zeke!

GEO99 Says:


This is the name of my first son, born in August 2015. We like Ezekiel and Zeke, and use both names frequently so our baby learns his name. I ended it up choosing it largely because of my biblical studies of the prophet Ezekiel in the bible. We also really liked the sound of Zeke. It seems to be unusual enough that most people we meet do not know anyone with this name. Also loved and admired the character Zeke Braverman on the tv show Parenthood.

headintheclouds Says:


One of my early childhood memories is practicing Ezekiel Saw the Wheel for a Sunday School performance (way up in the middle of the air!), and so I'll always have a fondness for the name. Ezekiel sounds dignified, has character and the potential to be sleek and modern while retaining that weighty biblical vibe. What ruins it though, IMO, is the nickname Zeke which reduces the name to a negative douchey frat boy image. As Theodora_Phoenix pointed out, Zeke bothers me, but I'm not keen on other nicknames like Ezzie or Kiel either.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I only like the nicknames Ezzie and Kiel. Something about Zeke bothers me, though I don't know exactly what.