Hebrew Baby Names for Boys

The Hebrew language has been used since ancient times and has influenced everything from culture to literature to baby names. So it’s not surprising that Hebrew names are some of the most common names globally. Hebrew boy names are commonly passed down through generations and have biblical origins or powerful meanings. They are popular names for Jewish and non-Jewish parents alike, especially in Western countries, where classics like Noah and Elijah are at the top of the charts. Despite their popularity, picking the perfect Jewish name can be difficult. Luckily, we’ve got you covered! Whether you’re looking for a modern Hebrew baby boy’s name or a traditional Jewish boy’s name with ancient roots, we’ve got the perfect Hebrew baby boy name for your little blessing.

 

Abbott
Aramaic and Hebrew name, meaning: Father
Derived from the Aramaic abba ‘father’.

Abel
Hebrew origin, meaning: Breath
The name Able is borne by the youngest sons of Adam and Eve.

Abner
Biblical and Hebrew origin, meaning: Father of light
Abner is a notable figure in the bible and is a son of Ner (Ner-part of the name Abner). Abner was the cousin of King Saul and the commander-in-chief of his army (1 Samuel 14:50, 20:25). Abner is present when David kills Goliath (17:55). The name Abner has enjoyed modest popularity in America, dating back to the earliest Puritan settlements.

Abraham
Hebrew origin, meaning: Father of multitudes
Abraham is a given name among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Abriel
Hebrew origin, meaning: Father of multitudes

Adlai
Hebrew, Biblical origin, meaning: God is just
An Aramaic form of the Hebrew name Adaliah. Adlai is an ancestor of Shaphat, the overseer of Davids’s herds (1 Chronicles 27:20).

Adley
Hebrew origin, meaning: Judicious

Aharon
Hebrew origin, meaning: Mountain of strength

Alon
Hebrew origin, meaning: Oak tree

Amos
Hebrew origin, meaning: To carry
The name of a Hebrew prophet from the 8th century BC. The name is of uncertain meaning but may be connected to the Hebrew verb amos, meaning to carry. It also can mean ‘borne by God’. The thing that makes this name unique is that even though it is vintage, it is still trendy enough to last throughout the times.

Ariel
Hebrew origin, meaning: Lion of God
The name Ariel is a biblical name mainly used for males however, in English-speaking countries Ariel is more commonly used as a female name. Ariel is also one of Uranus’ moons. It’s the fourth-largest to orbit this distant planet.

Arye
Hebrew origin, meaning: Lion
Arye or Arieh is a guard who is killed along with king Pekahiah of Israel by an assassin named Pekah, a royal officer who subsequently becomes king (2 Kings 15:25). The name Arye was common during the middle ages and is often associated with the name Judah, from Genesis (49:9).

Asa
Hebrew origin, meaning: Healer

Asher
Hebrew origin, meaning: Fortune, happy
Asher was one of Yaakov (Jacob) sons who gave their names to the tribes of Israel.

Avi
Hebrew origin, meaning: Father

Avior
Hebrew origin, meaning: My father is my light

Avraham
Hebrew origin, meaning: Father of multitudes
Avraham is the father of the Jewish people.

Azazel
Hebrew origin, meaning: Help of God
According to Jewish legends, Azazel is a demon or evil spirit, and to add further darkness to this name Azazel is also referred to as a fallen angel.

Azrael
Hebrew origin, meaning: Help of God
Azrael is the Angel of Death in Islam and some Jewish traditions. God gave Azrael all the powers of the heavens to enable him to become the angel of Death.

Azriel
Hebrew origin, meaning: Father of multitudes
A name borne by a Bible character known as the leader of the tribe of Manasseh (1 Chronicles 5;24).

Belial
Hebrew origin, meaning: Worthless
In the Old Testament, this word is used to refer to various wicked people or the spirit of evil personified; the devil; Satan.

Benjamin
Hebrew origin, meaning: Son of the right hand
The name Benjamin is borne in the bible by the youngest son of Jacob.

Boaz
Hebrew origin, meaning: Swiftness
The name Boaz occurs twice in the Bible: The most famous Boaz is an ancestor of Christ, the son of Rahab, husband of Ruth, father of Obed, Jesse and King David (Ruth 2:1). The other Boaz is the name of the left of two pillars in Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 7:21). It’s ideal if you’re looking for a cute and robust title for your little one.

Cain
Hebrew origin, meaning: Acquired
In the bible, Cain is the first son of Adam and Eve, the first human conceived (Genesis 4:1), and also the first murderer (Genesis 4:8). He kills his brother Abel and is exiled.

Cainan
Hebrew origin, meaning: Possessor

Cainen
Hebrew origin, meaning: Possessor

Caleb
Hebrew origin, meaning: Devotion to God
In the Old Testament, Caleb is one of the ancient Israelites who set out from Egypt to enter the promised land.

Chanan
Hebrew origin, meaning: Cloud

Cohen
Hebrew origin, meaning: Priest
The name Cohen is derived from the Hebrew name Kohen.

Dagan
Hebrew origin, meaning: Grain

Dan
Hebrew origin, meaning: God is my judge

Daniel
Hebrew origin, meaning: God is my judge

Davian
Hebrew origin, meaning: Adored

David
Hebrew origin, meaning: Beloved

Eben
Hebrew origin, meaning: Stone of help

Eden
Hebrew origin, meaning: Pleasure, paradise

Edom
Hebrew origin, meaning: Red
Edom was an ancient land that bordered Israel in what is now Jordan, between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba (Genesis 36:31). Edom was a name frequently used as a given name in medieval Scotland. 

Efraim
Hebrew origin, meaning: Fruitful, fertile, and productive

Eitan
Hebrew origin, meaning: Spiritual strength

Elam
Hebrew origin, meaning: Forever, eternal, or tree

Eleazar
Hebrew origin, meaning: God helps

Eli
Hebrew origin, meaning: Ascended
The name Eli was popular among Puritans in the 17th century. As a Jewish name, it is short for a number of names wit el ‘god’.

Elian
Hebrew origin, meaning: Jehovah is God

Eliezer
Hebrew origin, meaning: God is my help

Elijah
Hebrew origin, meaning: Yahweh is God
The name Elijah was borne by a Hebrew prophet. 

Elkan
Hebrew origin, meaning: Possessed by God
A shortened form of the Hebrew name Elkanah, borne by several people in the Bible.

Eloah
Hebrew origin, meaning: The living God

Elon
Hebrew origin, meaning: Oak
The name Elon (EE-lawn) is bore by three men in the Bible: one is the father of Basemath the Hittite (Genesis 26:34), the son of Zebulun (Genesis 46:14) and the eleventh judge of Israel

Enoch
Hebrew origin, meaning: Dedicated

Enos
Hebrew origin, meaning: Mankind
The biblical name Enos or Enosh is the son of Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve (Genesis 4:26).

Ephraim
Hebrew origin, meaning: Fruitful, fertile, and productive

Ethan
Hebrew origin, meaning: Firmness or long-lived

Everett
Hebrew origin, meaning: Boar strong

Ezra
Hebrew origin, meaning: Help
Ezra led a group of Israelites out of slavery in Babylon and back to Jerusalem.

Gabe
Hebrew origin, meaning: God is my strength
The name Gabe is a short form of the name Gabriel from Hebrew Gavri’el. Gabriel was one of the seven archangels in the bible. Gabe is pretty adorable, and it’s easy for little ones to learn to spell, which is always a plus.

Gabriel
Hebrew origin, meaning: Strength from God
The name Gabriel is borne by an archangel in the bible.

Gabrien
Hebrew origin, meaning: God is my strength

Gavriel
Hebrew origin, meaning: God is my strength

Gershom
Hebrew origin, meaning: Exile
The biblical name that means ‘exile’ in Hebrew but usually interpreted as ‘sojourner’, derived from ger sham ‘a stranger there’. There are several Gershoms mentioned in the Bible the most notable two are Gershom son of Eli, founder of the Gershonites (Numbers 3:21), and the first-born son of Moses and Zipporah (Exodus 2:22).

Gideon
Hebrew origin, meaning: Hewer

Gidon
Hebrew origin, meaning: Feller of trees or a powerful warrior

Hanan
Hebrew origin, meaning: Grace or favor

Hiram
Hebrew origin, meaning: Brother of the exalted
A Biblical name that may be a shortened form of Ahiram ‘brother of the exalted’. There are two men named Hiram in the Bible, and both are related to the building of the temple of Solomon but only one was known as the Phoenician king of Tyre.

Idan
Hebrew origin, meaning: Era or time

Isaac
Hebrew origin, meaning: One who rejoices

Itai
Hebrew origin, meaning: The Lord is with me

Itamar
Hebrew origin, meaning: Island of Palms

Jabin
Hebrew origin, meaning: Discerner, or the wise

Jacob
Hebrew origin, meaning: Supplanter
The name Jacob comes from Hebrew Yaakov. 

Jaden
Hebrew origin, meaning: Jehovah has heard

Jair
Hebrew origin, meaning: He shines
Jair (JAY-er) is a name assigned to four different men in the Bible: one was a descendant of Manasseh, who conquered several towns east of Jordan and named them after himself (Numbers 32:41). The second Jair is a son of Segub. The third Jair is the eighth judge of Israel (Judges 10:3) and the fourth is the father of Mordecai, the great-uncle of Esther or Hadassah (Esther 2:5).

Japheth
Hebrew origin, meaning: Expansion
Japheth is one of three sons of Noah in the Book of Genesis.

Javan
Hebrew origin, meaning: Wine
The biblical name was borne by the son of Japheth (Genesis 10:2), derived from the Hebrew word meaning wine, and is the Biblical name for Greece. 

Javen
Hebrew origin, meaning: Greece or wine
A variant of Javan meaning ‘Greece’ in Hebrew.

Jebediah
Hebrew origin, meaning: Beloved friend
A name from the Old Testament.

Jed
Hebrew origin, meaning: Beloved by God
A short form of the biblical name Jedidiah, which is now used as an independent name.

Jerah
Hebrew origin, meaning: Moon

Jesse
Hebrew origin, meaning: Gift

Jethro
Hebrew origin, meaning: Excellence
Biblical name that is a variant of Hebrew name Ithra ‘excellence’ (Samuel 17:25). Jethro is a priest in Midian and the father of Zipporah. He is also known by the name Jether (Exodus 4:18) and Reuel (Exodus 2:18), although Reuel is thought to be the name of Jethro’s tribe. 

Joab
Hebrew origin, meaning: Praise Jehovah
In the bible, Joab was the advisor of David. If you are looking for biblical one-syllable boy names, this is the perfect baby name for your little one.

Joachim
Hebrew origin, meaning: Established by God
Biblical name from the Hebrew name Johoiachin, borne by a king of Judah. Joachim, according to some apocryphal writings is the husband of Saint Anne and the father of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Jonah
Hebrew origin, meaning: Dove

Jorah
Hebrew origin, meaning: Early rain or autumn rain

Jordan
Hebrew origin, meaning: Flowing down
It originates from Hebrew hayarden.

Joseph
Hebrew origin, meaning: God will give

Joshua
Hebrew origin, meaning: God is deliverance

Josiah
Hebrew origin, meaning: God heals
The name Josiah was borne by the king of Judah.

Judah
Hebrew origin, meaning: Praise

Kessem
Hebrew origin, meaning: Predicting

Kohen
Hebrew origin, meaning: Priest

Levi
Hebrew origin, meaning: Joined

Leviathan
Hebrew origin, meaning: Twisted, coiled
In the Bible, the Leviathan is a sea monster.

Lior
Hebrew origin, meaning: My light

Mahlon
Hebrew origin, meaning: Infirmity, a harp, pardon

Malachi
Hebrew origin, meaning: My messenger

Matek
Hebrew origin, meaning: Gift of God

Mayer
Hebrew origin, meaning: Mayor

Meir
Hebrew origin, meaning: Giving light

Micah
Hebrew origin, meaning: He who is like God

Michael
Hebrew origin, meaning: He who is like God

Moshe
Hebrew origin, meaning: Delivered from the water

Moses
Hebrew origin, meaning: Delivered from the water

Naphtali
Hebrew origin, meaning: Wrestling
The biblical name borne by one of the sons of Jacob.

Nathan
Hebrew origin, meaning: Gift of God

Nazareth
Hebrew origin, meaning: Separated, crowned, sanctified

Nephilim
Hebrew origin, meaning: The fallen ones

Noa
Hebrew origin, meaning: Movement

Noah
Hebrew origin, meaning: Rest
Noah is the name of a bible character who built the ark.

Noam
Hebrew origin, meaning: Delight

Obadias
Hebrew origin, meaning: Servant of God
Variation of Obadiah.

Oded
Hebrew origin, meaning: Upholder, encourager
There are two men named Oded in the Bible, they are both prophets and mentioned in the book of 2 Chronicles: one is the father of Azariah, and the other a prophet who worked during the reign of King Ahaz of Judah. Oded is now a popular modern Hebrew name.

Omri
Hebrew origin, meaning: Sheaf of grain
There are four men named Omri in the Bible, the best known is king Omri of Israel, father of Ahab, builder of the city of Samaria, and founder of a dynasty that remained in power for 50 years. Omri may also mean “life” or “servant” in Hebrew.

Oren
Hebrew origin, meaning: Pine tree
A Biblical name meaning ‘pine tree’ in Hebrew, mentioned in the Book of Chronicles, Oren is one of the sons of Jerahmeel, and the last of the Jebusites mentioned in the Bible, who offers his land as a gift to King David, who was told by the prophet to build an altar on it (1 Chronicles 21:18).

Orren
Hebrew origin, meaning: Pine tree

Osher
Hebrew origin, meaning: Happiness

Phineas
Hebrew origin, meaning: The Nubian
Biblical name spelled Phinehas in the Authorized Version, derived from the Ancient Egyptian name Panhsj ‘the Nubian’. In the bible, there are three men named Phineas or Phinehas: the son of Eleazar, famous for staying the plague caused by Israel’s sins (Numbers 25). Another Phineas is one of two wicked sons of Eli, and the last father of a priest named Eleazar (Ezra 8:33).

Raniel
Hebrew origin, meaning: God is my joy
A combination of Rani ‘my joy’ or ‘my song’ and El a reference to God.

Raphael
Hebrew origin, meaning: God has healed

Raziel
Hebrew origin, meaning: The secret of God

Reuben
Hebrew origin, meaning: Behold, a son

Reuel
Hebrew origin, meaning: A friend of God
There are several men named Reuel in the Bible: A son of Esau the brother of Jacob, a priest in Midian and the father of Zipporah, the father of Eliasaph, the leader of the tribe of Gad (Numbers 2:14) and an ancestor of a man named Meshullam, who returned from the Babylonian exile (1 Chronicles 9:8).

Salem
Hebrew origin, meaning: Peaceful, complete

Samael
Hebrew origin, meaning: Venom or poison of God
According to Jewish myth, Samael is the Prince of Darkness. He is a fallen angel, a chief seducer, accuser, and destroyer. He is often presumed to be the serpent who tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit.

Samuel
Hebrew origin, meaning: God has listened
The name Samuel is a contracted form of Hebrew sha’ulme’el.

Saul
Hebrew origin, meaning: Prayed for

Seth
Hebrew origin, meaning: Appointed
The name Seth is borne by the third son of Adam and was popular among Puritans in the 1400s. The name Seth is a strong title that possesses throwback elegance that can translate into modern times.

Shai
Hebrew origin, meaning: Gift

Shiloh
Hebrew origin, meaning: Tranquil

Shlomo
Hebrew origin, meaning: His peace

Tobin
Hebrew origin, meaning: Goodness of God

Tomer
Hebrew origin, meaning: Palm tree

Uri
Hebrew origin, meaning: Light
From a Hebrew word meaning ‘light’.

Uzi
Hebrew origin, meaning: Power of might
A name borne in the Bible by several characters mentioned in genealogies. The name may also represent a short form of Uzziah and Uzziel.

Uziel
Hebrew origin, meaning: Power of God
The name Uzziel is bore by five different men in the Bible: most notably the son of Kohath, the son of Levi (Exodus 6:18).

Xion
Hebrew origin, meaning: Highest point

Yael
Hebrew origin, meaning: Wild goat
Yael or Jael is a name borne in the Bible by a woman who killed Sisera, a general who was leading his troops against Israel. (Judge 4:17-22). Yael comes from a Hebrew word denoting a female goat.

Yehoshua
Hebrew origin, meaning: The lord is my salvation

Yehuda
Hebrew origin, meaning: Praise

Yoel
Hebrew origin, meaning: Jehovah is his God

Yonah
Hebrew origin, meaning: Dove

Yoram
Hebrew origin, meaning: Yahweh is high
Yoram was the son and successor of King Jehoshaphat of Judah. His wife was the wicked Athaliah.

Yosef
Hebrew origin, meaning: God shall add

Zachary
Hebrew origin, meaning: The Lord has remembered

Zadok
Hebrew origin, meaning: Justice of Yahweh
There are many men named Zadok in the Bible. The most famous of is Zadok, the son of Ahitub, a priest in the time of David and a high priest in the time of Solomon (2 Samuel 8:17).

Zechariah
Hebrew origin, meaning: The Lord has remembered

Zed
Hebrew origin, meaning: Justice of Yahweh
Short form of Zedekiah which is borne by three characters in the Bible.

Zeev
Hebrew origin, meaning: Wolf
A Biblical name associated with the tribe of Binyamin or Benjamin,‘Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf’ (Genesis 49:247).

Zev
Hebrew origin, meaning: Wolf

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