Gender: Male Meaning of Nehemiah: "comforted by God" Origin of Nehemiah: Hebrew Nehemiah's Popularity in 2018: #396

Nehemiah Origin and Meaning

The name Nehemiah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "comforted by God".

Nehemiah is an Old Testament name used by the Puritans, whose white-bearded image kept it out of favor for centuries, until it suddenly reappeared in 1998, along with the more user-friendly Josiah and Isaiah.

The biblical Nehemiah was the prophet assigned the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity—which could make it a fitting possibility for an architect or building contractor's boy.

In Sir Walter Scott's novel Woodstock, Nehemiah Holdenough is a Presbyterian minister. One modern namesake is football star Nehemiah Broughton.

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Rank in US: #396

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FantasyandPrayer Says:


As this comes from the same root as Nahum which NB says is pronounced Nay-um, should it be pronounced Nay-umiah? I've been saying Neh-hem-iah my whole life (although I actually like both ways of saying it :) )

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I'm in love with the nickname Ned for Nehemiah, even if it isn't a particularly natural derivation!

meaganegibson Says:


This is my friend's name, he goes by Nemo

Nozomi Says:


Maybe Emi ( em - EYE ) or Hem ( Heem )? I know not the greatest but can still be considered...

Michaela Says:


Jeremiah is another possibility.

Michaela Says:


One of the extremely few bible names I like the sound of, the look of, and the meaning of.

Elvie23 Says:


Aww, none of those nicknames came to mind at first when I looked at this name, but I think they are all cute. I like them much better than Miah.

laurahicks Says:


My son Nehemiah is nicknamed Nemo, or occassionally Neo or Neems

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Eh, I don't really like this. It's okay but won't be showing up on my favourites list (which sctually doesn't exist at the time being. )

CocoWhite Says:


Miah is the most obvious nickname. But I suppose something like Nemmie or Hemmie could work as well.

Guest Says:


Is the only nickname for this name Miah? Would that be weird?