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Gender: F Meaning of Keturah: "incense" Origin of Keturah: Hebrew

Keturah, the Old Testament name of Abraham's second wife, is a possibility for anyone seeking a truly unusual and interesting biblical name; certainly a lot more distinctive than that of Abraham's first wife, Sarah.

Keturah bore Abraham six sons, who were characterized by one historian as "men of courage and of sagacious minds." Through them, Keturah was the ancestor of sixteen tribes. In the eighteenth century it was believed by some that Keturah was the ancestor of African peoples.

This is a name not readily found in popular culture, though there was a character named Keturah on the TV sci-fi show Stargate Atlantis—but he just happened to be male.

Famous People Named Keturah

Keturah, Biblical second wife of Abraham
Keturah Orji, American triple jumper
Keturah "Katie" Anderson, Canadian hurdler
Keturah Moss Leitch Taylor, American settler in Kentucky; wife of Quartermaster General James Taylor
Keturah Kamugasa, Ugandan journalist
Keturah Strong, daughter of Selah and Anna Strong

Pop Culture References for the name Keturah

Keturah "Ketty," character in The Medusa Project series
"Keturah and Lord Death," novel by Martine Leavitt
Arabic spelling: Qiturah

Ketura, Katura