Rare Biblical Boy Names Are Booming
Once the preserve of deeply religious parents, historically rare Bible names for boys are becoming an increasingly mainstream trend.
And the same is true of the current #51: Isaiah, which was recently announced as the name of Christina Milian’s new baby boy, born earlier this month. He joins Silas Timberlake, Moses Martin, and Noah and Elias Bublé in the cool Biblical baby name Hall of Fame.
Bible Names for Boys: the stats
Recent research carried out by Christianity Today reveals that it’s not just our imaginations: previously obscure Biblical picks like Ezra and Elias — or even Obadiah and Ozias — really are getting more attention in today’s nonconformist society. Religious parents, and even some non-religious parents, are increasingly willing to look beyond the old Biblical stalwarts like James and John, Daniel and David, in search of overlooked gems to unearth.
The research reveals that rare Bible names for boys rose from just 0.5% of all names registered in the 1950s to 6.5% today. And uncommon Biblical names now account for 17% of all unusual boy names registered in the US — the highest proportion since records began.
Unusual Biblical Baby Names: the next wave
Clearly, these parents are onto something.
More than 2500 Biblical names were tracked in CT’s study, of which only around 800 had ever appeared on the SSA baby names list. That’s a huge mine of untapped baby name potential, for religious parents — or simply lovers of unique, yet established, names — who are willing to think outside the Biblical box.
We can’t see Nebuchadnezzar or Mahershalalhashbaz gaining ground any time soon (sorry, Mr Ali), but we’ve taken a look at the names swimming just below the Top 1000, as well as those popular here on Nameberry, to highlight twenty of the coolest rare Biblical boy names right now.
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on February 1st, 2020 at 1:08 pm
Yay for Boaz! I have a soft spot for Jethro for sure.
on February 3rd, 2020 at 8:05 am
One of my favourites is Joash – I’ve only ever come across one IRL.
on February 8th, 2020 at 9:48 pm
I was shocked to hear Ezra wasn’t traditionally popular- the only one I know is a grandfather. 🙂
Lessee, my favorites…~
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