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Gender: Male Meaning of Nehemiah: "comforted by God" Origin of Nehemiah: Hebrew Nehemiah's Popularity in 2017: #372

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.

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Famous People Named Nehemiah

Nehemiah, who returned to Judah with Zerubbabel (Nehemiah 7:7); rebuilder of Jerusalem
Nehemiah ben Hushiel, figure who led the Jewish revolt against Heraclius
Nehemiah Green, American politician; 4th governor of Kansas
Nehemiah Persoff, American character actor
Nehemiah Brüll, German rabbi
Nehemiah Curtis "Skip" James, American blues singer
Nehemiah Grew, English plant anatomist
Nehemiah Levanon, Israeli intelligence agent
Nehemiah Rice Knight, U.S. Senator and governor of Rhode Island
Nehemiah Broughton, American NFL football player
Nehemiah Eastman, U.S. Congressman from New Hampshire
Nehemiah Clark, American reality TV personality ("The Real World: Austin")

Pop Culture References for the name Nehemiah

Nehemiah, eleventh book of the Bible
Nehemiah Strayn, from the movie "Ghost Brigade"

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