JOANNA – Lesser known Biblical personage who was one of the women at Jesus’ tomb.
JOSEPH of Arimathea – According to the Bible, wrapped the body of Jesus in a clean shroud and placed it in his own tomb.
Mary MAGDALENE – The prime female figure in the Easter story, she witnessed the crucifixion, accompanied his body to the tomb, and later with the other women discovered the Resurrection.A saint, she is a symbol of penitence.Her name means “from Magdala.”
MARY – Mother of James the Younger and Joseph, accompanied Mary Magdalene in her vigil at the crucifixion and with Jesus’ body.
NICODEMUS – Secret follower of Jesus who placed myrrh and aloes in Jesus’ shroud so he could be buried according to Jewish custom.
BUNNY NAMES – ARLEY and ARLEDGE are English surname names that relate to rabbits.BUNNY is a cute but overly fluffy name for a girl, and RABBIT was the hero of John Updike novels.
BUTTERFLY NAMES – The butterfly is a symbol of rebirth and Easter, and gives flight to many attractive names.KIMANA is a Native American name meaning butterfly, and MARIPOSA is a Romantic Spanish butterfly name.VANESSA was invented by author Jonathan Swift but is also a species of butterfly.And of course BUTTERFLY itself is also a name, perhaps more appealing in its internations versions: PAPILLON in French, BABOCHKA in Russian, or FARASHA in Arabic.
CHICKEN and EGG NAMES – CHICK is of course a nickname dating from the “Grease” era, but not one we recommend.BEZAI is a Hebrew name meaning “eggs” that has more possibilities.
LAMB NAMES – For boys, names that mean lamb are HAMAL in Arabic, and OAN, Breton.For girls, UNA means lamb as well as “one” and RACHEL means “ewe.”
NAMES THAT MEAN REBIRTH
ANASTASIA and ANASTASIOS – Appealing and underused names that mean “resurrection.”
LISSA – Name of the supreme mother goddess in African mythology and an Arabic symbol of rebirth.
OSIRIS – Egyptian god-king who died and was reborn every year.
RENATA and RENATO – Attractive Italian versions of a name that means “reborn.”
RENE and RENEE – Long the most popular names meaning rebirth among English-speakers, but dated now, plus the male Rene never sounded very masculine outside France.