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Gender: M Meaning of Moses: "delivered from the water" Origin of Moses: Egyptian Moses's Popularity in 2016: #462

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's choice of this white-bearded Old Testament name helped bring it into the modern age, along with brethren Elijah, Isaiah and Isaac. User-friendly nicknames include Moe and Mose.

The biblical story of Moses is, of course, one of the most familiar from the Old Testament -- Moses being found as a baby in the bulrushes, growing up to lead the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage and into the Promised Land, then bringing down the Ten Commandments from Mount Sinai.

Moshe, as in Israeli statesman Dayan, is the Yiddish form of the name. In Spanish, it is Moises.

A namesake from the world of sports is NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone. Mose Allison, meanwhile, is a jazz blues pianist and singer.

Famous People Named Moses

Moses, Biblical prophet
Moses Maimonides, medieval Spanish philosopher and Torah scholar
Moses Mendelssohn, German philosopher, "father of Reform Judaism"
Moses Malone, American basketball player
Moses Montefiore, Italian-British philanthropist
Moses Soyer, Russian/American artist; twin brother Raphael Soyer
Moses Chan, Hong Kong actor
Moses Amadeus Farrow (b. 1978), son of actress Mia Farrow and director Woody Allen
Moses Bruce Anthony Martin (b. 2006), son of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and musician Chris Martin
Callum Ryan Moses Schweain (b. 2010), son of singer Kristin Swinford-Schweain of ZOEgirl
Rick Moses, American actor
William R. Moses, American actor
Joseph "Joe" Moses, American comedian

Pop Culture References for the name Moses

Moses, a main character in movie "Attack the Block"
Archie Moses, character in movie "Bulletproof"
Moses Agency, character in movie "Diamonds"
Moses "Mosey" Willow Jane Grace Slocumb, female character in the novel "A Grown-Up Kind Of Pretty" by Joshilyn Jackson

Moise, Mo, Mose, Moss, Mosie, Moke, Moe, Moishye

Moses's International Variations

Moisei (Bulgarian) Moïse (French) Moshe, Moishe, Mosheh, Moyshe (Yiddish) Mousa, Musa, Mozes (Arabic) Mosya, Moisse, Moisey (Russian) Maois (Irish Gaelic) Mosze, Moszek (Polish) Moises (Portuguese) Móizes (Slavic) Moze (Lithuanian) Moisis, Moyses (Greek) Mózes, Mozses, Mojzesz (Hungarian)