The name Hosea is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "salvation". Hosea and is often added to lists like Colonial Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".
From the experts:
Since so many of the biblical prophet names -- Daniel, Jonah, Nathan, Samuel -- are overused, you might want to consider this distinctive alternative. Hosea was the author of the book of prophesies bearing his name, whose underlying message was a promise of restoration. The Talmud claims that he was the greatest prophet of his generation.
Hosea Williams was an important civil rights leader. Martin Luther King called him "my wild man, my Castro," in recognition of Williams' skill as an organizer.