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Gender: Male Meaning of Moses: "delivered from the water" Origin of Moses: Egyptian Moses's Popularity in 2017: #475

The name Moses is a boy's name of Egyptian origin meaning "delivered from the water". Moses is ranked #475 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Association Game".

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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.

Find other names based on Moses using our baby name generator.

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 Fleetwood "Fleet" Walker, American baseball player
Moses Soyer, Russian/American artist; twin brother Raphael Soyer
Moses Mortimer Barrett III aka Petey Pablo, American rapper
Moses Chan, Hong Kong actor
Moses Amadeus Farrow, 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"
Moses Agency, character in movie "Diamonds"
Moses Willow Jane Grace "Mosey" Slocumb, female character in the novel "A Grown-Up Kind Of Pretty" by Joshilyn Jackson
Archie Moses, character in movie "Bulletproof"

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)


alextheindigo Says:


A good, strong, name with a wonderful history! Incredibly underrated

stella2007 Says:


Gwyneth Paltrow was way ahead! This name is going to be one of the must have names soon! Noah & Moses very cute!

Essa Says:


I really like Moses but I'm not sure if I can risk my son getting called Moe! Mose is ok and maybe Mosey, just not Moe!

headintheclouds Says:


There's a lot of fuss with Gwyneth Paltrow's pick of Moses for her kid- another crazy celebrity baby name! But I don't think it's out there at all, especially when compared to Apple. Moses has the biblical name status going for it, and I would say is one of the better namesakes with one of the more inspiring stories in the bible. It also sounds rather jazzy and retro-cool, similar to Abram and Isaac, with Mo/Moe as a so-out-it's-in cool nickname.

clairelaliberte Says:


This is a really nice, handsome name, but the biblical connection might be much stronger than other names like Elijah and Noah.

Daphodil Says:


Such a handsome name! It would be perfect for a water-birth baby (considering its meaning). I love how soft and serene it is.

Analia Says:


I think this name is kinda cool

SunKissedChild Says:


I've known 3 people named Moses, I think it's a great name.

Guest Says:


I never saw this as an white-bearded name. If you want white-beard try Abraham, Nehemiah, Obadiah, etc. hahaha.

MaryKathryn Says:


I wonder if, someday, this could be the new Noah.