The Bible has always been a source of inspiration for names, and its not just religious parents looking either, the bible is a great place to 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.

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Aamon

“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.
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Abner

“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).
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Adlai

“God is just”

Adlai is an ancestor of Shaphat, the overseer of Davids herds (1 Chronicles 27:20).
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Arye

“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).
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Azrael

“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.
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Boaz

“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).
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Cain

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.
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Edom

“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).
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Elon

“Oak”

The name Elon 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.
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Enos

“Mankind”

Enos or Enosh is the son of Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve (Genesis 4:26).
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Gershom

“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).
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Hiram

“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.
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Jair

“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).
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Japheth

“Expansion”

Japheth is one of three sons of Noah in the Book of Genesis.
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Javan

“Wine”

Javan was one of the sons of Japheth (Genesis 10:2-5) and the Biblical name for Greece.
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Jethro

“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.
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Joachim

“Established by God”

Joachim, according to some apocryphal writings is the husband of Saint Anne and the father of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
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Jorah

“Early rain”

The name Jorah is the name of a family who returned from the Babylonian exile, that was headed by Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:18).
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Jotham

“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.
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Lazarus

“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).
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Oded

“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.
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Omri

“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.
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Oren

“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).
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Phineas

“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 the one of two wicked sons of Eli, and the last father of a priest named Eleazar (Ezra 8:33).
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Reuel

“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).
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Uziel

“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).
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Uzziah

“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.
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Yoram

“Yahweh is high”

Yoram was the son and successor of King Jehoshaphat of Judah. His wife was the wicked Athaliah.
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Zadok

“Just or Righteous ”

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 high priest in the time of Solomon (2 Samuel 8:17).
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Zeev

“Wolf”

Zeev or Ze’ev is a Biblical name that is from a reference to Benjamin in Genesis as a “wolf that raveneth”.
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