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Gender: Male Meaning of Job: "persecuted" Origin of Job: Hebrew

Job Origin and Meaning

The name Job is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "persecuted".

If you focus on the patience of the biblical Job, rather than his trials, the name becomes more usable. He was, after all, the Old Testament hero of the Book of Job, whose faith was severely tested by God but remained faithful. The name was was used by Puritans and Christian fundamentalists and can be found in the novels of Dickens, George Eliot and Robert Louis Stevenson..

A Berry recently named her son Job and wrote a Berry Juice blog explaining her choice. http://nameberry.com/blog/tag/baby-name-job

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Pop Culture References for the name Job

Jobey, Jobert, Joab, Joby, Jobie, Jobe

Comments

Cranch94 Says:

2019-11-01T02:04:09

My name is job and my daughter name is jemima lol

Zelliew Says:

2015-07-09T00:00:49

Putting aside the religious side of things, Job is just not appealing to me

clairels Says:

2015-07-08T22:05:13

I know someone named Job, but he's Dutch, so he pronounces it like Yop. It doesn't solve the pronunciation issues in English, but it does add a different kind of energy to the name.

rebekah83 Says:

2014-12-17T16:05:12

I don't think that was the intent! Just that, God has a "right" to be upset with humans, if anyone has a right to be upset.

htw Says:

2014-12-13T03:22:57

Could you be any more condescending?

Joby One Kanoby Says:

2014-12-13T02:08:04

Hi Frankie, with all respect you are analyzing the story of Job through human thoughts. Our human brains cannot contain God's thoughts or even try. God said, " my thoughts are not your thoughts declares the Lord, my ways are not your ways ", " my thoughts are higher than your thoughts ", etc.... We believers "walk by faith " not by sight, trusting that God is "just". Please remember in the story of Job it was Satan that did all the damage to Job and in his life. Tragedy happens to people for three reasons, 1) natural / earthly reasons, i.e, accidents, diseases, natural disasters, etc... 2) Satan and his demons that use humans to commit sinful actions and 3) our own wrong behavior , "we reap what we sow " . God does not commit sin and cannot partake in evil against humans. Evil exists because of human's original sin against God. We caused it, but God corrected it through his Son Jesus so now there is a sacrifice for our sins. Now God does not look at "us" to decide who spends eternity with him, but rather he looks at those who 1)believe that his Son Jesus came into the world to die on a cross for our sins, 2) looks for those who Love the Lord their God with all their heart, mind, soul, and spirit and 3) Looks for those who love thy neighbor as thy self. That's how you make it to heaven, by doing all "three" above. We cannot leave one of them out and expect to make it to heaven. Amen, God Bless.

Joby One Kanoby Says:

2014-12-13T01:45:12

I named my son "Job" in 2004 and always knew my first son would have that name. I partly did it because I wanted his name and life to be a living testament to the bible. I told him that when people get your name wrong politely correct them by saying, " My name is Job, like in the bible ". People who don't know the bible may pick up the book one day and perhaps read the book. The rest is up to God. My son is now 10 and he was crying tears to me about his name because so many people get it wrong. I took him to this site and others to show him that so many people have the name too. I told him you should persevere like Job in the bible. He's so happy to see others with his name. :) We love calling our Joby, "Joby One Kanoby " from Star Wars. :) My name is John and I had the opposite problem, everyone growing up had my name. :(

Guest Says:

2014-10-05T15:37:35

OK; you're entitled to your opinion. I'm sure God has a right to get mad at us, too, but He loved us enough to die for us. As I responded to Frankie above, I am just personally thankful that God does not respond to injustice in our human minds as we would. In that case, none of us could stand, as we are all sinners. Take care and God bless. :)

Guest Says:

2014-10-05T15:34:12

Hi Frankie (copying most of the same response as above, as the response is the same). It sounds like you're determined to dislike the name Job, and that's OK; there are plenty of names, meanings, etc., that we all dislike for various reasons.
My only point in saying what I did was that God blessed Job at the end of his trial. As a believer in Christ, it is not about what is just, in our human minds. If God were just in human terms, no one would be alive, as we have all sinned terribly. If God were just in human terms, no one would be blessed, ever. I thank the Lord continually that God is not just according to our minds, but reaches for a higher justice. That is what allowed Him to have the mercy to send His son to die for our sins, and to raise again. That is the justice that allows ALL to have the ability to go to heaven, if we accept His gift of giving His life and confess our sins to Him. I am thankful that God does not judge us the way we judge each other. Take care and God bless!

Guest Says:

2014-10-05T15:32:51

Hi Frankie. It sounds like you're determined to dislike the name Job, and that's OK; there are plenty of names, meanings, etc., that we all dislike for various reasons.
My only point in saying what I did was that God blessed Job at the end of his trial. I am a believer in Christ, and as such, the Bible tells us that it is not about what is just, in our human minds. If God were just in human terms, no one would be alive, as we have all sinned terribly. If God were just in human terms, no one would be blessed, ever. I thank the Lord continually that God is not just according to our minds, but reaches for a higher justice. That is what allowed Him to have the mercy to send His son to die for our sins, and to raise again. That is the justice that allows ALL to have the ability to go to heaven. I am thankful that God does not judge us the way we judge each other. Take care and God bless!

Frankie Says:

2014-10-01T18:28:14

I understand that it is an allegory for faithfulness, but I do not consider twice as many new children to be a reward worth more than dead children.

Frankie Says:

2014-10-01T18:24:14

This isn't really the place to get into a religious debate, but I stand by my initial judgement. It's a tragic story and therefore a tragic name, which parents considering the name should be aware of. If my children were killed with the permission of someone meant to protect and love me, who then replaced them with different children as a reward for my loyalty, I would not forgive that person/god or continue to be loyal to them. I would be outraged, justly, at the evil and cruelty of the situation. Loyalty doesn't have such a high value to me that my children's lives are worth it. I don't think it's a beautiful story at all.

Guest Says:

2014-10-01T18:00:02

But God still went on a two chapter rant about how Job shouldn't question Him but how would you feel if God and the Devil decided to come together and pick you out to "test" you and kill your family and stuff like that. I darn sure WOULD get mad at God for that no matter if God did reward me in the end or not. It's just one of those biblical names I feel is too hefty. (But I do like Jonah even though God tested him as well).

rebekah83 Says:

2014-10-01T17:38:26

I'm sorry you're mistaken about the story of Job. In the book of Job the full story is one of faithfulness, and God gave him more in the end than at the beginning.

rebekah83 Says:

2014-10-01T17:35:41

I'm sorry that you're mistaken about the story. :) Read the book of Job to the end, and it might help your misunderstanding; Job was rewarded for his faithfulness.

orphanedhanyou Says:

2014-10-01T17:10:10

persevering through hardship and keeping faith are great qualities for a namesake

SunKissedChild Says:

2014-10-01T14:29:41

Really? If that's what you think the story of Job is about, I think you better reread it. Job was loyal to God, no matter the trials he faced. And he did question it, but his love and loyalty prevailed all. How is that not a beautiful story??

Frankie Says:

2014-10-01T14:14:46

It's a nice sounding name, but how is he a good namesake? A deity allowed his family to be murdered to prove a point and Job continued to worship him and not question it.

I do think most people would be familiar enough with the name to pronounce it correctly. I actually thought Steve Jobs was pronounced Jobes until I heard someone say it.

Guest Says:

2014-10-01T13:51:27

I knew a sergeant named Job who was very stern. Anyway why would you name your kid Job when God and the Devil placed bets on his life then got mad at him for questioning about it. A bit embarrassing.

rebekah83 Says:

2014-10-01T13:03:55

I'm the Berry who wrote the article, and I have to say--very few people say "job" as in vocation... it's not as bad as everyone warned it would be! We decided against Jobe as we love classic spellings--and there is still no guarantee people get it right. Pronunciation is funny that way. :) And, we call him Joby (rhymes with Toby) all the time...and that helps people remember how to say it, too. It's a great name, and I'm excited that Nameberry has revisited its explanation. We love our Job!

faithnamer Says:

2014-08-14T19:00:17

That's true! I guess there's not really a way to win with this name unless you want to always correct people on the right pronunciation..

Angelicaecb Says:

2014-08-14T18:24:06

Same. Except he spells it Gob, as it's his initials that he sounds out as Job. But even he gets it mispronounced as Gawb with a hard G. Though he himself calls Job from the bible Jawb.

Angelicaecb Says:

2014-08-14T18:16:37

People might want to pronounce the spelling Jobe as Joby like Toby. It's a tough name on that front all around. I still love it too though.

faithnamer Says:

2014-08-14T17:30:24

Yeah, you'd have to spell it like Jobe, which is definitely not as cool, nor would it have the same namesake as Job.

jtay07 Says:

2014-08-14T16:01:30

Reminds me of Job from Arrested Development.

SunKissedChild Says:

2014-08-14T15:43:38

I agree, I actually love the name Job and think he would make an amazing namesake. No one was as dedicated, respectful and trusting as Job was.

raevynstar Says:

2014-08-14T13:20:49

It's not that bad. I mean, Job respected God through all his trials, so overall not a terrible namesake. My only problem is that people would think he was named Job as in "my job is working in an office". Hint: It rhymes with globe.