80 Cute & Rare Biblical Baby Names.

July 9, 2019
80 Biblical Baby Names

Who else has doesn’t have kids yet but loves going through lists of cute baby names? Believe it or not, it’s not just mamas or mamas-to-be who do this. Personally, I love going through lists of baby names, discovering new names, and learning the meaning and origin of each name. It’s just so fascinating to me! Since I love these kinds of lists so much, I decided to compile my very own list of baby names. Instead of creating a typical generic list of baby names, I have created a list of biblical baby names because biblical names are unique, beautiful and meaningful. So, whether you’re planning a baby, expecting a baby, looking for baby names, or you simply like going through lists of baby names (like me) here’s a fun list of 80 cute and rare biblical baby names

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80 CUTE & RARE BIBLICAL BABY NAMES

While there are thousands of names in the Bible, I decided to nitpick 80 of the most rare, but still beautiful biblical baby names! So, I hope you like my selection!

To make your navigation through this list easier, here’s what will be included for each name:

  1. Gender of the name (according to sources)
  2. The Biblical meaning behind the name.
  3. How the name is used in the Bible – is it a character, location or a word?
  4. The exact passage in the Bible where the biblical name is located in.

A-C BABY NAMES

A:

1. Abdi

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Servant of God.
  • Character: Son of the tribe of Levi.  
  • In the Bible: 1 Chronicles 6:44

2. Abilene

  • Gender: Neutral
  • Meaning: Land of Meadows.
  • Location: An area near Syria.
  • In the Bible: Luke 3:1

3. Anani

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Protected by Jehovah. 
  • Character: A royal descendant of David – son of Elioenai
  • In the Bible: 1 Chronicles 3:24

4. Appolos

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Destroyer; one who destroys. 
  • Character: A man with knowledge of the Scriptures/instructed in the way of the Lord.
  • In the Bible: Acts 18: 24-28

5. Areli

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Lion of God.
  • Character: Son of Gad
  • In the Bible: Genesis 46:16

6. Asenath

  • Gender: female
  • Meaning: Daughter (Egyptian meaning) / Peril (Hebrew meaning)
  • Character: Egyptian wife of Joseph.
  • In the Bible: Genesis 41: 45-50

7. Ashbel 

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Fortunate / Lucky / Blessed
  • Character: Son of Benjamin
  • In the Bible: Genesis 46:21 

8. Athaliah

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Yaweh is exalted. 
  • Character: Evil queen of Judah.
  • In the Bible: 2 Kings 11: 1-20

C:

9. Carmel

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Plantation
  • Location: A village south of Hebron / Mountain
  • In the Bible: 1 Samuel 25: 2 / Jeremiah 46: 18

10. Carmi

  • Gender: Neutral
  • Meaning: Vineyard.
  • Character: Son of Reuben / Descendant of Judah
  • Genesis 46:9 / 1 Chronicles 4:1

11. Chelal 

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Perfection.
  • Character: An Israelite “Kelal” from the time of Ezra
  • In the Bible: Ezra 10:30

12. Chenani

  • Gender: Neutral
  • Meaning: My pillar.
  • Name: A name (“Kenani”) in Nehemiah
  • In the Bible: Nehemiah 9:4

13. Cyrene

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: A wall / coldness
  • Location: A city in Libya
  • In the Bible: Matthew 27:32

D-G BABY NAMES

D:

14. Dannah

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: God will judge.
  • Location: A city in the mountains of Judah
  • In the Bible: Joshua 15:49

15. Delilah

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Delight.
  • Character: A woman of Sorek who was Samson’s downfall.
  • In the Bible: Judges 46

16. Demetrius

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Belonging to Ceres.
  • Character : An admirable Christian.
  • In the Bible: 3 John 1: 12

E:

17. Eden

  • Gender: Neutral
  • Meaning: Delight
  • Location: The first garden 
  • Character: Son of Joah from the tribe of Levi
  • In the Bible: Genesis 2:8 / 2 Chronicles 29:12

18. Eleazar

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: God helps.
  • Character: Son of Aaron – High Priest of Israel
  • In the Bible: Exodus 28:1

19. Eliel

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: My God is God.
  • Character: Chief of Manasseth
  • In the Bible: 1 Chronicles 5:24

20. Elienai

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: The God of my eyes.
  • Character: A Benjamite chief
  • In the Bible: 1 Chronicles 8:20

21. Elon

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Oak
  • Character: A judge of Israel from the tribe of  Zebulun.
  • Judges 12:11

22. Esli

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Near me.
  • Character: Son of Naggai in the genealogy of Jesus.
  • In the Bible: Luke 3:25

23. Esther

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Hidden / secret
  • Character: The queen of Ahasuerus.
  • In the Bible: Esther 1 – Esther 10

24. Ethni

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Strong
  • Character: A Geroshonite Levite
  • In the Bible: 1 Chronicles 6:41

25. Eve

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Life / living
  • Character: First woman on earth – the mother of all living.
  • In the Bible: Genesis 3:20

26. Ezel

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Going abroad
  • Object: A well-known stone from the time of Saul.
  • In the Bible: 1 Samuel 20: 19

G:

27. Gaddi

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Fortune
  • Character: One of the twelve spies, from the tribe of Manasseh.
  • In the Bible: Numbers 13:11

28. Galilee

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Revolution
  • Location – A province where Jesus most of his life in.
  • In the Bible: Luke 17:11

29. Gehazi

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Valley of vision.
  • Character: The servant of Elisha.
  • In the Bible: 2 Kings 4: 25 

Hey, don’t go just yet, there are still over 50 more biblical baby names to choose from…..

H-K BABY NAMES 

H:

30. Hadassah

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: A myrtle tree.
  • Character: Hebrew name of Queen Esther.
  • In the Bible: Esther 2:7

31. Hezrai

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Enclosed.
  • Character: A mighty warrior in David’s army.
  • In the Bible: 2 Samuel 23: 35

32. Hosanna

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Save / preserve
  • Word: Exclamation of praise!
  • In the Bible: Matthew 21:9

I:

33. Ibri

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Passing over.
  • Character: A merarite levite.
  • In the Bible: 1 Chronicles 24:27

34. Izri

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Creator
  • Character: A levite leader.
  • In the Bible: 1 Chronicles 25:11

J:

35. Jeriah

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Child of the God
  • Character: Cousin of Moses and Aaron.
  • In the Bible: 1 Chronicles 23: 19

36. Jesiah

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Sprinkling of the Lord
  • Character: One of David’s mighty men.
  • In the Bible: 1 Chronicles 12:6

37. Jokshan

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Hunter / snarer
  • Character: One of Abraham’s six sons with Keturah.
  • In the Bible: Genesis 25:2

38. Josiah

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Healed by Jehovah
  • Character: Became king of Judah at 8 years old.
  • In the Bible: 2 Kings 22:1

K:

39. Kanah

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: A place of reeds.
  • Stream: A stream between Ephraim and Manasseh.
  • In the Bible: Joshua 19: 28

L-N BABY NAMES

L:

40. Lael

  • Gender: Neutral
  • Meaning: Belonging to God
  • Character: The father of Eliasaph.
  • In the Bible: Numbers 3:24

41. Lahmi

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: My bread
  • Character: A warrior – the brother of Goliath.
  • In the Bible: 1 Chronicles 20:5

42. Libya

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: The heart of the sea.
  • Location: A country in North Africa.
  • In the Bible: Acts 2:10

43. Libni

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: White
  • Character: The son of Gershon from the Levi tribe.
  • In the Bible: Exodus 6:17

44. Libnah

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: White
  • Location: One of the stations of the Israelites in the wilderness.
  • In the Bible: Numbers 33:20

45. Lystra

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: That dissolves
  • Location: A town in Asia where Paul preached the gospel.
  • In the Bible: Acts 14: 6

46. Luke

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Luminous / white
  • The author of the gospel of Luke and Acts – A gentile Physician
  • In the Bible: Colossians 4:14

M:

47. Maadai

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Pleasant / testifying
  • Character: The son of Bani.
  • In the Bible: Ezra 10:34

48. Maai

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Heaping up
  • Character: A musician that took part in the ceremony of the dedication of the walls.
  • In the Bible: Nehemiah 12:36

49. Macedonia

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Burning / adoration
  • Location: A Roman province lying north of Greece.
  • In the Bible: Acts 16:9

50. Madian

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Judgment
  • Location: A land near the Red Sea.
  • In the Bible: Acts 7:29

51. Malachi

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Messenger of God.
  • Character: The prophet who wrote the book of Malachi.
  • In the Bible: Malachi 1:1

52. Maralah

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: A sacrifice of Myrth
  • Location: Border-markers of the area allotted to the tribe of Zebulum.
  • In the Bible: Joshua 19:11

53. Memphis

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Abode (a home) of the good.
  • Location: It was the capital of Lower Egypt.
  • In the Bible: Jeremiah 46:19

54. Merari

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: To provoke.
  • Character: The youngest son of Levi.
  • In the Bible: Genesis 46:11

55. Milalai

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: My talk / circumcision
  • Character: A musician that took part in the ceremony of the dedication of the walls.
  • In the Bible: Nehemiah 12:36

56. Minni

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Reckoned / prepared
  • Location: A province in Armenia.
  • In the Bible: Jeremiah 51:27

57. Mitylene

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Purity
  • Location: Chief city of the Island of Lesbos.
  • In the Bible: Acts 20:14

58. Myra

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Weep
  • Location: Chief town in of Lycia in Asia Minor.
  • In the Bible: Acts 27:5

N:

59. Naharai

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Hot / anger
  • Character: The Beerothite armor-bearer of Joab.
  • In the Bible: 2 Samuel 23:27

60. Nathanael

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Gift of God.
  • Character: One of the 12 disciples of Jesus.
  • In the Bible: John 21:2

61. Nedabiah

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Prince / vow of the Lord
  • Character: The son of Jeconiah.
  • In the Bible: 1 Chronicles 3:18)

62. Neopolis

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: The new city
  • Location: City in Macedonia. Paul visited this city during his missionary trips.
  • In the Bible: Acts 16:11

63. Neriah

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Lamp of the Lord / light
  • Character: The father of Baruch.
  • In the Bible: Jeremiah 36:4

64. Nicopolis

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: The city of victory
  • Location: A city where Paul wintered in.
  • In the Bible: Titus 3:12)

O-Z BABY NAMES 

O:

65. Obadiah

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Servant of the Lord
  • Character: The author of the book of Obadiah.
  • In the Bible: Obadiah 1:1

66. Othni

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: My time / my hour
  • Character: A mighty man of valour. The son of Shemaiah.
  • In the Bible: 1 Chronicles 26:7)

 S:

67. Salome

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Peaceable / perfect
  • Character: The wife of Zebedee and mother of James and John.
  • In the Bible: Mark 15:40

68. Sardis

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Prince of Joy
  • Location: A ciy of Asia Minor and capital of Lydia.
  • In the Bible: Revelation 3:1

69. Selah

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: A pause / the end
  • Word: A word found in the poetical books of the Old Testament.
  • In the Bible: Psalm 3:2

70. Shage

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Touching softly / multiplying much
  • Character: The father of  Jonathan, the Hararite.
  • In the Bible: 1 Chronicles 11:34

71. Sharai

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: My Lord / my Prince
  • Character: One of the sons of Bani.
  • In the Bible: Ezra 10:40

72. Shashai

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Rejoicing / mercy
  • Character: One of the sons of Bani.
  • In the Bible: Ezra 10:40

73. Shiloh

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Peace / abundance
  • Location: A city of Ephraim, on the north side of Bethel.
  • In the Bible: Judges 21:19

74. Silas

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: The third / three
  • Character: An early Christian who accompanied Paul on parts of his missions.
  • In the Bible: Acts 15:22

75. Sinai

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: A bush
  • Location: Mountain where the Israelites camped in after their 3rd month of leaving Egypt.
  • In the Bible: Exodus 19:1

T:

76. Tebaliah

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Goodness of the Lord
  • Character: The third son of Hosah.
  • In the Bible: 1 Chronicles 26:11

77. Theudas

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Flowing with water
  • Character: He led an army against the Roman authorities – ended up dead.
  • In the Bible: Acts 5:36

Z:

78. Zabdi

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Gift of Jehovah
  • Character(s):  A benjamite / one of David’s officers / Levite son of Asaph
  • In the Bible:
  • 1 chronicles 8:19 / 1 chronicles 27:27 / Nehemiah 11:17

79. Zelah

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Side
  • Location: A town in Benjamin where King Saul and Jonathan where burried in.
  • In the Bible: 2 Samuel 21:14

80. Zimri

  • Gender: Neutral
  • Meaning: Praise worthy
  • Character: The son of Salu – Killed by Phineahs because of his sin.
  • In the Bible: Numbers 25:14

Boy that was a long list of biblical baby names, haha. Honestly, thank you for sticking with me through all of these names. Here’s to hoping you found a name or two that you loved or found interesting. I tried my best to include unique names, so I’m sure you found some names you’ve probably never heard of before. Tell me, what are some of the Biblical baby names that stood out to you the most? Do you have a favorite?

Until next post,

GABBY

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Comments (7)

  • Geraldine Mae Lua

    July 10, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Wow I didn’t know some of these names were biblical! I love Athaliah, ever since I read that in the Bible, I always fell in love with it. I call my bird (Ellie) Eleazar every time he is being bad, I’m not sure why haha!! I love this compliation 🙂 Thanks for sharing! x

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

    1. admin

      July 12, 2019 at 11:09 am

      Athaliah really is such a beautiful name! haha, that is hilarious. Eleazar is a cute name too. Thank you for reading, girl (:

      GABBY

  • The Newbury Girl

    August 1, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve never thought of Selah for a name, but it does sound beautiful and so peaceful.

    1. admin

      August 2, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      Right?

      GABBY

  • Laarnida Canapi

    March 24, 2020 at 4:40 am

    I like Dannah…unique name also and beautiful for me😊😊

    1. admin

      March 24, 2020 at 9:30 am

      It really is a beautiful name!

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