The Latest Biblical Boys, from Asher to Tobias
The second son of Adam and Eve, Abel is now at the highest point it’s ever been—Number 164, up 16 places this year and continuing to rise. In addition to its biblical cred, Abel has that other appealing can-do meaning. Amy Poehler and Will Arnett have a son named Abel.
- Adam and Eve, Abel is now at the highest point it’s ever been—Number 164, up 16 places this year and continuing to rise. In addition to its biblical cred, Abel has that other appealing can-do meaning. Amy Poehler and Will Arnett have a son named Abel." >
- Amos suffered from stereotypitis for decades via the old Amos ‘n’ Andy radio-TV show, but now seems to have fully recovered, jumping 81 spots in 2014. Amos was a prophet with a biblical book named after him. Modern parents like his A-beginning and newly stylish s-ending." >
- Asher, with its wonderful short form Ash, rose close to a hundred places last year, breaking into the Top 100 and making him one of the fastest ascending Old Testament boys. This son of Jacob name was somewhat rejuvenated by his appearance as a character on Gossip Girl." >
- Ezekiel was the name given to their sons by Beau Bridges and Tisha Campbell-Martin and is a character in the Divergent series. Nickname Zeke lightens it up." >
- Ezra has risen to Number 119 on the list. Why? His heroic biblical legacy gives him gravitas, combined with a buzzy z-sound, which have led celebs like Paul Reiser and Taylor Hanson to choose it for their sons; also Ezra Fitz is a Pretty Little Liars character." >
- Gideon has seen an extraordinary revival: after being off the list from 1910 to 1980, it has rapidly climbed to Number 349, by far its highest position ever—and to 97 on Nameberry. The biblical Gideon was a judge called upon by God to rescue the Hebrews. Neil Patrick Harris and Ziggy Marley have Gideons, and it is a main character in Criminal Minds." >
- Jedidiah is one of several iah-ending names increasingly being used: it climbed 87 places this year (Hezekiah was up 108 spots, while Nehemiah and Zachariah are both in the Top 500.) In the Old Testament, Jedidiah was the name given by the prophet Nathan to King Solomon; in modern real life he’d inevitably be shortened to Jed." >
- Will Josiah be the new Joseph/Joshua? It’s already in the Top 100, 39 among the Berries, and rising every recent year. An upright king of Judah in the OT, Josiah still manages to have a good deal of quaint but modern charm. A name with lots of historic and literary cred, Josiah is headed even higher" >
- Jacob who was the ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel, Judah has gained in tandem with the popular short form Jude. It has gone from Number 813 in 2000 to 243 in 2014. A current bearer is actor Judah Friedlander and Lucy Lawless used it for her boy." >
- Levi is one of the hottest names on this list, its success spearheaded by its choice by the Matthew McConaugheys in 2008. In the Old Testament, Levi is a son of Jacob and Leah, while in the New Testament it was Matthew’s given name before he became an apostle, making it the perfect link for McConaughey’s son. It ranks at Number 12 for the Berries." >
- Tobias is another biblical boy that has benefited from the s-ending trend and also is liked for its friendly nickname Toby. In the Bible the name is associated with the story of Tobias and the Angel. Actor Tobey Maguire named his son Otis Tobias—using his own birth name in the middle." >
- Samson is also becoming more powerful in the baby name universe for parents seeking a less common alternative to Samuel. A gain of 40 places has brought it to Number 628, its top rank ever, and the Berries have it at 249. On the current scene, it’s a song by Regina Spektor." >
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on August 21st, 2015 at 3:47 am
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on August 21st, 2015 at 9:12 am
All of these have been on our list for year and I wish we had used some of them earlier to be ahead of the pack. Our boy names got popular really fast after we named them…a couple were in the top 100, but now most are in the top 20! For time reference our oldest is 20…Caleb Josiah, Isaiah Logan, Elijah Isaac, Nehemiah Seth.
on August 21st, 2015 at 12:43 pm
I really like/ straight up love so many of these! With the exceptions of Amos, Jedidiah and Josiah because (no offense to anyone, just my own opinion) they sound too much like religious-hick names to me + some reluctance over Samson over the story associated with the biblical figure. My favorites are Abel and Gideon, but Asher, Ezra, Levi, Judah, Tobias, Ezekiel are also so great! (I dislike Zeke for Ezekiel though, I only like the full name :/ )
on August 21st, 2015 at 2:39 pm
I love them all.
It pains me to see Asher rising so rapidly, I fear it will hit the Top Ten within the next 5-10 years, just about when I hopefully will be starting a family.
That’s it, I’m going to become Queen of the World, and bring in a law making the use of Asher as a name illegal (other than for me)!
on August 21st, 2015 at 7:19 pm
I don’t care for Asher and Levi and find Abel and Judah unusable, but otherwise these are great names.
I am a Christian and I would definitely use some of the others, especially Gideon or Ezra.
I can’t imagine complaining b/c they sound too Christian though or associating Biblical names with hicks.
on August 21st, 2015 at 8:07 pm
Josiah, Jedidiah, and Levi seem 1980s to me, but I attend a Bible=believing church. In the past decade, I’ve seen Silas, Simon, Judah, Boaz, Solomon, Moses, Asa, Ezra, Gideon, Amos to name a few. I’m surprised Micah hasn’t gained traction, or maybe even Bartholomew or Barnabas.
I’ve noticed Hispanics tend to uncover rarer biblicals such as Ezekiel, Jairus, Moses, Abraham, Judas.
on August 21st, 2015 at 11:34 pm
I really love Tobias, Asher and Levi.
on August 22nd, 2015 at 8:57 am
I don’t think Hezekiah is too clunky! I have been very vocal on nameberry and in every day life about how much I love Hezekiah, as does my husband. I am currently pregnant, and if it’s a boy, our front runner name is Elliott Hezekiah. That being said, I love so many uncommon biblical boy names, including Abel, Absalom, Thaddeus, Ephraim etc etc.
on August 22nd, 2015 at 9:20 am
I like a lot of these, but I wish people would be a bit more unconventional with their Biblical themes. It’s often predictable which Biblical names people will choose when they say this is their theme. I wish there were more Melchiors, Jerichos, Cyruses, Zephaniahs, Ephraims, Nazareths, Esaus, etc.
on August 22nd, 2015 at 6:53 pm
Here are other currently underused or rarely used biblicals:
Eli – Some biblicals are great names with good meanings, but their associations are deterrents. Eli’s two sons behaved wickedly.
Reuben – Forget the sandwich. Rube is a good nickname.
Jeremiah – It’s been visible since the 70’s, but typically the Anglicized Jeremy is used.
Zachariah, Zacharias – I like the Zachariah variant better than the prophet Zechariah’s version. The English Zachary, like Jeremy, is widely preferred.
Ira, Israel, Issachar, Ichabod (he could be called Ike) are ‘I’ alternatives to the now mainstream Isaiah and Isaac.
on August 22nd, 2015 at 7:02 pm
Jabez, Jamin, Habakkuk, and Hosea are other rare possibilities.
Look to the old burying grounds in New England for inspiration.
on August 22nd, 2015 at 7:19 pm
Other ‘E’s’ worthy of consideration: Enoch, Eleazar, Ebenezer, Emmanuel.
Jonah hasn’t been used as much as other J’s. It would make a nice counterpart to Noah.
Other fresh biblicals:
on August 22nd, 2015 at 7:37 pm
Just when you think it’s safe to exit Nameberry:
on August 24th, 2015 at 7:13 am
My only objection is Amos. We had a dog named Amos and learned, unfortunately, how often that name is mistaken for an unpleasant anatomical term. Don’t do that to a kid–just don’t!
on August 24th, 2015 at 9:16 am
I really like Biblical boys’ names! At the moment I love Asher and Elijah.
on August 27th, 2015 at 1:32 am
What a great list– the Bible really is a cornucopia of fantastic names!
I especially like:
Amos is growing on me. Josiah seems much fresher than Joseph, and would be a great way to honor a Joe. Asher seems too popular to me, and Jedidiah has a too-strong Amish connotation to me.
Other biblical names I’m partial to:
And girls too:
on August 27th, 2015 at 1:33 am
I forgot Eleazar! One of my faves.
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