The name Nehemiah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "comforted by God". Nehemiah is ranked #372 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Build a sibling set together!".
From the experts:
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.