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

The name Keturah is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "incense". Keturah and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven / Hell / Purgatory Girls".

From the experts:

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.

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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


MariposaButterflyaway Says:


I don't know how to pronounce this. The first two syllables to me sound like kettle with no l and then a ruh tacked on the end. It's ugly the way I'm pronouncing it.

danirose01 Says:


I feel like this could be the same of an anime character or a female superhero.

NameLover 11 Says:


I adore this name so much!!

Haids1987 Says:


Good to know! :-)

esita Says:


In Australia it is the name of a chain of day spas

Guest Says:


I think I went to high school with a Keturah.