Biblical boy names are meaningful and unique names that appear in various places in the Bible that you can give your sons. Rather than spending hours sitting and combing through your Bible, we’ve selected the best ones for you.
Reasons For Giving Your Child a Biblical Name
- Biblical names have deep meanings beyond simple sounds or letters
- Giving your child a Biblical name can help you express to them your emotions at their birth.
- Biblical names are great family names to be passed down from generation to generation.
- Rarely do Biblical names go out of style.
- They can help establish a relationship with God
- They can help your child have a direction and role model in life.
100+ Biblical Boy Names
Unique Biblical Boy Names
Abimelech is a unique name found in the Bible which means Father of the King. While it might be a bit long, there’s potential when you consider Abe as a nickname.
Aeneas is one of the most unique names in the Bible and it only appears briefly in the New Testament. It’s of Greek origin and means praise.
Ammon is a Hebrew name that means teacher or builder.
Barak is a Hebrew name that means lightning. While the name might not have been known as a famous Biblical character, Barak was an associate of Deborah the prophetess.
Beno is a short and sweet Biblical boy name that is of Hebrew origin and means ‘son.’
Known as a location in the Bible, Canaan is a Hebrew name that means merchant or trader.
Of Greek origins, Dionysus means ‘God of wine.’
Famous as a stone in the Bible, Ebenezer is a unique name that means stone or rock.
Emmaus is of Hebrew origin and means obscure, making it the perfect unique boy’s name.
Gad is a Hebrew name that means ‘fortune’ and it’s so cute that it’s hard to believe it’s not more popular.
Gomer is a Hebrew name that means complete. It was once popular thanks to the Andy Griffith Show, but in the decades since it has become rare to meet someone named Gomer.
A Hebrew name for brother, Hiram was once popular but has become a bit of an obsolete name since 1983.
Jericho is a city in the Old Testament and is Arabic for ‘city of the moon.’
Jeremiah is a Hebrew name that while uncommon and unique, can easily be abbreviated to the more common name Jeremy.
Kenan is a unique Biblical name that means ‘buyer or owner.’
Known as the man Jesus raised from the dead, Lazarus is a unique boy’s name that could be abbreviated as Laz.
Nehemiah is a Hebrew name for consolation and is unique enough to set your son apart from the more common Jeremiah.
Oren is a Hebrew name that means pine tree.
Solomon is a Hebrew boy’s name that means peace.
Uriel is a unique boy’s name which is Hebrew for ‘the Lord is my light.’
Modern Biblical Names for Boys
Adam is one of those names that never goes out of style. As modern as it is ancient, Adam is a Hebrew name that means “man made from the Earth.”
Asa is a Hebrew name that means physician or cure, and although it was once obsolete it is making an appearance once again.
Of Hebrew origins, Bartholomew is a name that means “a son that suspends the waters.” It might be a bit long, but Bart or Barth are common nicknames for this name.
The name Cedron is so modern you wouldn’t even know it came from the Bible. It means black or sad but can easily be abbreviated to Cedric.
Claudius is a German name that means ‘lame’ and can be used for a son that may be born under extraordinary circumstances.
Cyrus is a Persian Biblical boy name that means ‘son.’ It’s modern and simple, allowing your son to blend in with the crowds.
Elam is a Hebrew name that means eternal.
Elias is a modern Biblical boy’s name which is of Greek origin and means ‘Yahweh is God.’
Esau is Jacob’s twin in the Bible, and the name is Hebrew with the meaning ‘son of Isaac.’
Gideon is a modern name that means ‘he who cuts down.’ He was known as a judge in the Bible.
Jesse is Hebrew for gift and is modern enough that you won’t have to worry about your son having an old-fashioned name.
Jude is a Greek name but is believed to have come from the Hebrew name Judas.
Lyor is Hebrew for “my light” but it’s just unique enough to make it modern sounding.
Malachi means ‘messenger of God’ and while it once faded into oblivion it is making its way back as a modern boy’s name.
Known for his character in The Wire, Omar is a Hebrew name that means speaker.
Philip is a less common contemporary boy name that means friend of horses.
Raphael is a Hebrew name that means ‘God has healed’ but is perhaps more known for its nickname Raffy.
Reuben is a modern boy’s name which means ‘behold a son.’
Simon is a somewhat popular boy name that is of Hebrew origin. It means ‘listener.’
Strong Biblical Boy Names
Amal is a name that is both strong and unique that is Arabic for Hope. I can be used for either a boy or a girl.
If you are looking for a name that literally means strong, then choose Amos, which is of Hebrew origin and means strong or brave.
Asaiah is another form of the name Isaiah with a unique flair to it. Hebrew for “the Lord has made” it’s a strong Biblical boy name.
Another name with the literal meaning strong, Azaz is of Hebrew origin and is a cute Biblical boy name.
There are many strong men in the Bible and no shortage of names that mean strength. Boaz is of Hebrew origin and means just that.
Caesar is a bit different as it is a name of Latin origin that appears in the Bible. It signifies ruler, however, making it a strong Biblical boy’s name.
Demas doesn’t mean strength, but it is Hebrew for ‘ruler of the people.’
Enoch doesn’t mean strong, but it means dedicated or disciplined which can be interpreted as the same thing.
King Herod gets a bad rap in the Bible, but this Hebrew name which means hero or warrior is one of our favorites.
Hezekiah was a Hebrew judge of Judea. With a name that means strength, this name is an excellent strong Biblical boys name.
Hosea is a Hebrew name that means ‘savior or safety’ which makes it a strong name.
Levi is a Hebrew name that signifies attached. Known for a brand of jeans, there is no way this name isn’t strong.
Micah is a name of Hebrew origin that means “he who is like God.” Since God is strong, this name is also meant for a strong boy.
While this name technically means servant of God, it has a strong sound to it that can’t be ignored.
Peter is both a strong and common boy’s name as it means rock or stone in Greek.
Phineas is a Hebrew name that means ‘bold,’ making it a good name for a son you want to be strong in the face of adversity.
Samson means sun in Hebrew but is best known for his super strength in the Bible.
Timon is a Hebrew name that means reward or honor.
Victor is a Latin name that means ‘victory’ and nothing is stronger than victory.
Uncommon Biblical Boy Names
Abraham is a less common Biblical name, but you have likely heard it before or surely by its nickname ‘Abe.’ The name is Hebrew and it means father of multitudes.
Azriel is a Hebrew name that signifies “God is my Help.” While relatively unknown, there was a cartoon cat with this name in the 1980s.
Barnabas is an Aramaic name signifying “son of the prophet.” You can also abbreviate this name to Barney.
Darius is a Greek name that means knowledge and king.
Ephraim is uncommon, but not unheard of and is a Hebrew name meaning fruitful.
Used in the famous book The Handmaids Tale, Gilead is a Hebrew name that means ‘hill of testimony.’
Goliath is a giant found by David in the Old Testament. While you might find it odd to name your child Goliath, this name is Hebrew for exile.
Jedediah is uncommon, but not unheard of. The name is Hebrew and means ‘beloved friend.’
Mattan is a Hebrew name that means ‘gift.’
Mishael is a Hebrew name that means ‘he who was asked for’ and is a good alternative for those who like the name Ismael but want something more obscure.
Famous in the Bible, Moses is not a common boy’s name. In Hebrew, it means ‘drawn forth.’
Known for being a location Jesus frequented, Nazareth is a Hebrew name that means sanctified.
Silas is an uncommon boy’s name, but we think it is quite nice. It is Latin and signifies forest or wood.
Thaddeus is a Greek and Aramaic name that means heart.
Timotheus is more popular by its nickname Timothy. The original version of this name, however, is Greek for ‘honoring God.’
Popular Biblical Boy Names
Aaron is a common name that many people don’t know originally came from the Bible. It’s Hebrew and means exalted or high mountain.
Ander is one of the most popular names for boys in the current decade. Of Greek origin, this name means manly.
Asher is one of the more uncommon biblical boy names which has recently gained popularity. Ranked 43rd most popular boys’ name in 2019, this name is Hebrew for happy.
Caleb is of Hebrew origins, and it means faith and devotion. It last ranked as the 52nd most popular name for boys in 2019.
Dan is a common Biblical boy name that means ‘God is my judge.’ Many like this name because it can be used as is, or as the full name Daniel.
David is one of the most famous biblical names of all time. It is of Hebrew origin and means beloved.
Easy, short, and famous, Ed in Hebrew means ‘rich in friendship.’
Made popular by Elon Musk, Elon is Hebrew for ‘oak tree.’
Emmanuel is a Hebrew name that means ‘God is with us,’ and it has been popular for centuries.
Ethan is one of the most common Biblical boy names. The name routinely makes the top 10 charts. Ethan is Hebrew for strong or firm.
Ezekiel is slowly becoming less popular, but it is a somewhat common boy’s name which means ‘strength of God.’
You may be surprised to see this Hebrew name here, but it is the 49th most popular name in the US as of 2019. It signifies ‘help.’
Felix is a Biblical name that is becoming popular that means blessed.
A famous angel in the Bible, thousands of people name their son Gabriel every year and it remains in the top 100 names for boys.
Isaac is one of the most well-known characters in the Bible as the father of Israel.
A Hebrew name meaning salvation, Isaiah has been in the top 100 names for boys since the 1990s.
Famous in the Old Testament, this name in Hebrew means salvation. Jacob is a name that has remained popular over the years coming in at 53rd place in 2019.
James has fallen a bit in popularity over recent years, but this name is still common, and it is Hebrew for supplanter.
The name Jasper means ‘jewel’ in Hebrew or ‘keeper of the treasure’ in other cultures. But Jasper was, in fact, one of the Three Wise Men that are said to have brought gifts to the newborn baby Jesus on Christmas Day.
Popular in modern culture, Jonah is a Hebrew name that means a dove, which is strange for a man who is famous for being in the belly of a whale.
Jonathon is a Hebrew name that means ‘given of God’ and is a good choice if you want to nickname your son Jon.
Joel is Hebrew and it signifies that the Lord is God.
Perhaps the most famous Biblical name of all, John is Hebrew and means God is gracious.
After John, Joseph is the next most famous Biblical name known for both the man with the colored coat as well as the father of Jesus.
Meaning light or illumination, Lucas is a popular boy’s name from the Bible. You can also go with the abbreviated form Luke.
A book of the Bible, Mark is actually a Latin name meaning ‘dedicated to Mars.’
Coming right before the book of Mark, Matthew is another famous prophet with a name that means ‘gift of God.’ If you are looking for something more unique you can go with the German version Matthias.
Nathan is a Biblical name that comes from Hebrew origins and means ‘given.’ It can also be used in its longer form, Nathaniel.
Noah is routinely a name that is in the top 10 which should come as no surprise because it is Hebrew for ‘peaceful.’
Commonly abbreviated to Nick, Nicholas is a Greek name meaning ‘victory of the people.’
Paul is a Latin name that means ‘small.’ It’s a great name for a preemie or small boy.
Samuel, often abbreviated Sam, is a Hebrew name meaning ‘God heard.’
Seth is a common Biblical name that means anointed.
Stephen is a martyr in the Bible and this name means crown. It can also be changed into Steph, Stephan, or even Steven.
Yohan is an international version of ‘John.’
More well known for its abbreviations Zack and Zachary, Zachariah is Hebrew for ‘the Lord remembered.’
Zion is the Hebrew name for Israel, the promised land.