If you’re expecting a baby boy, then you are surely anxious and excited, for you are about to enter the world of parenthood. There are many choices that have to be made when parenting, but one of the first important ones is what you will name your child. There are literally millions of names to choose from, such as traditional, modern, exotic, and Bible names. The Biblical names first became popular over two thousand years ago. Despite the age, these names haven’t lost their attraction and remain a desired choice for parents.
Below are the top five baby boy names taken from the Bible that are still in use today:
Peter has a Greek origin, and means “stone.” This name appears in the New Testament multiple times, but the main person who bore this name was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. This name remained popular after Jesus’ death and was used extensively in England and Russia during this time. Today, it is one of the most popular male names among newborn children.
Isaac also has Hebrew origin, like so many other names used in the Bible. Isaac means “he laughs,” and in the Bible was the son of Abraham who was almost sacrificed on an altar until God intervened. During the Middle Ages, many Christians used Isaac, although the name was and still is very popular among the Jewish people. After the Protestant Reformation, the name became evermore popular which is evidenced by the amount of people who bore the name during this time, such as Sir Isaac Newton.
Again, Daniel comes from the Hebrew language and literally means, “God is my judge.” In the Bible, Daniel was a Hebrew prophet who was forced to serve in the court of the King when Babylonian soldiers captured Jerusalem. The name Daniel was popularized during the Middle Ages in England. It was again revived during the protestant reformation and remains a popular name up to this day.
David is derived from the Hebrew name “Dawid”, which is further derived from the Hebrew word “dwd,” meaning beloved. In the Bible, David was the legend who killed the giant Goliath using nothing but a sling and a stone. He ruled during the 10th century B.C. In modern times, David is a very popular baby boy name because it is familiar and easy to pronounce.
Aaron comes from the Hebrew language and most likely has Egyptian origins. There are other theories that claim the name Aaron comes from a Hebrew deviation. It’s most common meaning is “high mountain” and “exalted.” This name appears in the Bible in multiple places, but the most obvious person to bear this name was the brother of Moses. Aaron acted as a spokesman for Moses and helped him lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
As you can see, a lot of the traditional baby boys’ names are actually Biblical names which remained popular over the centuries. These names are some of the most recognizable names out there, and for good reason. For thousands of years, through traits and characteristics, the Biblical male figures inspired parents to name their baby boys after them and this tradition continues today.
Article by: Valentina Kaltchev