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Gender: Male Meaning of Lazarus: "God is my helper" Origin of Lazarus: Latinized Greek variation of Hebrew Eleazar

The name Lazarus is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "God is my helper". Lazarus and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Uber Long Dice Create-a-Family (CAF)".

From the experts:

Lazarus is a name that looks as if it could possibly be raised from the dead, just like its biblical bearer. Look for it in the next wave of Old Testament revivals that transcend their long-bearded images, the way Noah, Moses, and Abraham have for this generation.

In the Bible, there are two people named Lazarus, the better known being the brother of Mary and Martha of Bethany whom Jesus raised from the dead. There have been also several saints named Lazarus.

As a surname, Lazarus is most identified with poet Emma Lazarus, whose words are displayed on the Statue of Liberty.

Related options are the original Hebrew Eleazar, the Italian and Spanish Lazaro, and the Yiddish form Lazer/Laser, the name of the son in the film The Kids are All Right.

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Famous People Named Lazarus

Lazarus of Bethany, Biblical man resurrected by Jesus
Lazarus Whitehead Powell, U.S. Senator and 19th Governor of Kentucky
Lazarus Immanuel Fuchs, German mathematician who pioneered linear differential equations
Lazarus Seaman, English noncomformist clergyman
Lazarus Echo (b. 2010), son of musician Trent Reznor
Travis Lazarus "Travie" McCoy, American musician
Emma Lazarus, American poet and activist

Pop Culture References for the name Lazarus

Lazarus Pit, a reference to the DC Universe; a pit that brings people back to life, but makes them want to kill
"Lady Lazarus", a poem by Sylvia Plath
Lazarus, indestructible protagonist of Lazarus Laughed, a 1927 play by Eugene O'Neill (his parents and sisters, Mary and Martha, are all trampled to death)
Lazarus Powheid, sexton in Walter Scott's "Castle Dangerous" (1832)
Lazarus, Image Comics series
"Me and Lazarus", a song by Iron & Wine
Dr Lazarus of Tek'Meck, from the movie "Galaxy Quest"
Dr. Lazarus, Doctor Who
F&R Lazarus & Company, defunct regional department store chain operating primarily in the U.S. Midwest
"Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!", album and song by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
"The Lazarus Effect" , 2015 Horror/Thriller movie
"The Lazarus Sign" 2014 single by American Deathcore band, Defiler
"Lazarus" album by American musician Travis McCoy
Kirk Lazarus, character from 2008 film "Tropic Thunder"

Lazar, Lazarius, Eleazer, Lazarillo, Lazorus, Lazaros, Lazer, Lázár, Lazear, Lazzaro

Lazarus's International Variations

Lazaro (Italian) Lazare (French) Lázaro (Spanish)


beachbear Says:


I see this name and all I can think of is this song. It goes like, "Poooor man Laz'rus, siiiiick and dis-a-bled! Put your finger in the water come and, cool my tongue cuz I'm tor-mented in the flame!"

beachbear Says:


Ah, but Lazarus was the one who WAS raised! All he needed do was lie there ;).

indiefendi2 Says:


I like the...resilient connotation of this name. 😝

lesliemarion Says:


A heavy burden, raising the dead.

Chrisco Says:


I love Lazarus with the nickname Lars <3