Modern Christian Baby Names

  1. Sinai
    • Rise
      • Origin:

        English word name; Norwegian and Danish, short form of Regitze
      • Description:

        This name boomed in the 1940s and 50s thanks to the glamorous singer Risë (pronounced REE-sa) Stevens, who inherited her name from her Norwegian grandmother. It's rare nowadays, but when used it's more likely to be the uplifting vocabulary word, rhyming with "eyes". The latter was chosen by Nick Cannon and Brittany Bell for their son, born in September 2022.
    • Hallelujah
      • Origin:

        Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "God be praised"
      • Description:

        This bold musical word name is given to just a handful of baby girls per year in the US, but it has a very contemporary sound. Hallie and Lou/Lulu would make for more mainstream nicknames. Lovers of the music and lyrics of Leonard Cohen might also appreciate the link to one of his most successful hits.
    • Amen
      • Origin:

        Word name
      • Description:

        One of the new literalist religious names, like Blessing, Heavenly and Neveah. More male than female, but essentially unisex.
    • Gracious
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Meaning:

        "marked by kindness and courtesy"
      • Description:

        A warm and positive English word name, used by the Puritans for both sexes but now given to only around a dozen baby girls each year.
    • Gift
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Description:

        Because that's what your child is—a gift.
    • Credence
      • Origin:

        Word name
      • Description:

        A modern word and virtue name which first appeared on the US baby name charts in 2013, when it was given to 6 boys. Usage peaked in 2019, with 18 boys and seven baby girls, no doubt thanks to the enigmatic Credence Barebone from the Fantastic Beasts film franchise.
    • Verse
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Meaning:

        "verse"
      • Description:

        Writing-related names are starting to become more popular, with names like Poet, Story, and Lyric having been used by many a celebrity. Now it's Verse's turn, as it was recently used by Teen Mom's Kailyn Lowry for her son.
    • Blessed
      • Origin:

        Word name and virtue name
      • Description:

        Blessed and Blessing are two word and virtue names getting more attention, especially among religious parents.
    • Cardinal
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Meaning:

        "principal; bird"
      • Description:

        Whether you like Cardinal for its connections to the songbird, religious connotations, or even sports ties, this unique new name fits in with today's name landscape. Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden used it for their son, born in 2024, but it could just as easily be used on a daughter — perhaps with the nickname Cardi.
    • Jerusalem
      • Origin:

        Place name
      • Meaning:

        "city of the ancient god Shalem"
      • Description:

        Transferred use of the geographical name Jerusalem, which is a sacred city in many religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is given to around a dozen babies of each sex per year in the US.
    • Gift
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Description:

        Surprisingly, one of the fastest-rising names for girls.