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Truly Unique and Meaningful Biblical Names for Boys

The Bible has always been a source of inspiration for names, and it’s not just religious parents looking either, the bible is a great place to find a name that’s both unique and meaningful. From the names of kings and prophets to ordinary people, the bible has names that stand the test of time. We hope you find something special for your little boy on this list.

 

Aamon

Aamon is a boy’s name of Biblical origin meaning “one who induces eagerness”. There are three men and one deity (Egyptian deity Amon of Thebes) in the bible named Aamon or Amon. The most notable is King Amon the son and successor of king Manasseh of Judah.

 

Abner

Abner is a boy’s name of Hebrew and Biblical 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).

 

Adlai

Adlai is a boy’s name of Hebrew and Biblical origin meaning “God is just”. Adlai is an ancestor of Shaphat, the overseer of David’s herds (1 Chronicles 27:20).

 

Arye

Arye is a boy’s name of 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).

 

Azrael

Azrael is a boy’s name of Hebrew and Biblical 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.

 

Boaz

Boaz is a boy’s name of Hebrew and Biblical 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).

 

Cain

Cain is a boy’s name of Hebrew and Biblical origin meaning “acquired”. 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.

 

Edom

Edom is a boy’s name of Hebrew and Biblical 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).

 

Elon

Elon is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “oak”. The name Elon is borne 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.

 

Enos

Enos is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “mankind”. Enos or Enosh is the son of Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve (Genesis 4:26).

 

Gershom

Gershom is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “exile”. 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).

 

Hiram

Hiram is a boy’s name of Hebrew and Biblical origin meaning “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.

 

Jair

Jair is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “he shines”. Jair is a name assigned to four different men in the Bible: one was a descendant of Manasseh, who conquered several towns east of the 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

Japheth is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “expansion”. Japheth is one of three sons of Noah in the Book of Genesis.

 

Javan

Javan is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “wine”. Javan was one of the sons of Japheth (Genesis 10:2-5) and the Biblical name for Greece.

 

Jethro

Jethro is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “excellence”. 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.

 

Joachim

Joachim is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “established by God”. Joachim, according to some apocryphal writings is the husband of Saint Anne and the father of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

 

Jorah

Jorah is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “early rain”. The name Jorah is the name of a family who returned from the Babylonian exile, which was headed by Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:18).

 

Jotham

Jotham is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “the lord is perfect”. Jotham or Yotam was the eleventh king of Judah, and son of Uzziah. The Gospel of Matthew lists Jotham of Judah in the genealogy of Jesus.

 

Lazarus

Lazarus is a boy’s name of Scottish origin meaning “God is my help”. There are two men named Lazarus mentioned in the New Testament the most famous is Lazarus of Bethany, whom Jesus raised from the dead after having been dead for four days (JOHN 11:1).

 

Oded

Oded is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “upholder”. 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.

 

Omri

Omri is a boy’s name of 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, and founder of a dynasty that remained in power for 50 years.

 

Oren

Oren is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “pine tree”. 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).

 

Phineas

Phineas is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “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).

 

Reuel

Reuel is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “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).

 

Uziel

Uziel is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “power of god”. The name Uzziel is borne by five different men in the Bible: most notably the son of Kohath, the son of Levi (Exodus 6:18).

 

Uzziah

Uzziah is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “power of Yahweh”. The name Uzziah is applied to several different men in the Bible, most famous is the son and successor of King Amaziah  (2 Chronicles 26:3). This Uzziah became an ancestor of Christ according to Matthew’s genealogy through David’s son Solomon.

 

Yoram

Yoram is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “Yahweh is high”. Yoram was the son and successor of King Jehoshaphat of Judah. His wife was the wicked Athaliah.

 

Zadok

Zadok is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “just or righteous”. There are many men named Zadok in the Bible. The most famous is Zadok, the son of Ahitub, a priest in the time of David and high priest in the time of Solomon (2 Samuel 8:17).

 

Zeev

Zeev is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “wolf”. Zeev or Ze’ev is a Biblical name that is from a reference to Benjamin in Genesis as a “wolf that raveneth”.

 

We hope you enjoyed our post of Truly Unique and Meaningful Biblical Names for Boys. What are your favorite Biblical names?
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