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.
Last month, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel announced the birth of their second son, Phineas. His big brother’s name is the equally stylish Biblical Silas. They join other celebrity sons, including Moses Martin, Gideon Burtka Harris, and Noah and Elias Bublé in the cool Biblical boy 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 around 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 unique 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 Biblical names swimming just below the current Top 1000, the fastest-rising boy names, as well as those popular here on Nameberry, to highlight twenty of the coolest rare Biblical boy names right now.
Cool Biblical Boy Names Below the Top 1000
Salem: A Biblical place name also related to the stylish Bible name Solomon, with the same peaceful meaning. Its cool androgynous appeal made it the fastest-rising unisex name of the last year on record.