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Biblical Place Names

Biblical place names relate not to the people in the Bible but the physical places. As place names become more mainstream, parents are searching for ones with meaning and history, such as those in the Bible. The Bible has many name-worthy settings, from Ariel to Zion.

Along with Ariel and Zion, other Biblical Place Names in the US Top 1000 include Bethany, Canaan, Eden, Jericho, Jordan, Judah, and Shiloh. More unique place names from the Bible that may be worth considering include Abilene, Lydda, Bethel, and Zebulun.

Can these ancient place names work as contemporary baby names? We say yes. For more baby names from the bible, browse our master list of Biblical Baby Names and our list of Unusual Biblical Baby Names.

  • Abilene

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    Abilene is a rarely used place name, mentioned as such in the New Testament, that combines the cowboy spunk of the Texas city with the midwestern morality of the Kansas town where Dwight D.... Read More 

  • Ariel

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    Despite its distinguished pedigree and popularity in Israel, Disney's Little Mermaid cartoonized Ariel in the US. Short form Ari has come into prominence via the less than admirable... Read More 

  • Bethany

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    Bethany is a lyrical name that still strikes many parents as a fresher, more substantial substitute for the overused Brittany/Brittney or the more antiquated Beth.

    In the New... Read More 

  • Bethel

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    A rarely used Biblical place-name with a soft and pleasant sound. Read More 

  • Beulah

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    In the Bible, Beulah is a place, not a person, applied to the land of Israel by the prophet Isaiah. The land of Beulah has sometimes been considered a reference to heaven. Beulah began to be used... Read More 

  • Canaan

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    Pronounced KAY-nan, this Old Testament place name has a strong modern feel. It was one of the fastest-rising names of 2015, breaking into the Top 1000.Read More 

  • Carmel

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    Carmel is a biblical place-name heard much more frequently in Ireland than in the U.S. and is considered a particularly Catholic name. It is given in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and is the... Read More 

  • Eden

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    Eden is an attractive, serene name with obvious intimations of Paradise, one of several place names drawn fromthe Bible by the Puritans in the seventeenth century.

    Eden entered the Top... Read More 

  • Idalah

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    Idalah is a town in Zebulon that makes an exotic first name for a modern girl. Where the boys get most of the ancient yet distinctive Biblical names, Idalah is one for the girls' side.Read More 

  • Jericho

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    A biblical place name with trumpeting verve and strength.

    Though rarely heard as a first name, Jericho has appeared in the titles of films, TV series, songs, bands, comics, and video... Read More 

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