Biblical Baby Names for Boys

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As one of the most enduring books of all time, the Bible has given us loads of classic names that have remained treasured throughout generations. It's also inspired trends, and now more than ever, today's parents are looking for the next hot biblical name. Here are a few baby boy names that haven't yet broken into the mainstream, but have lots of potential with a trend-worthy feel and an unshakeable biblical background.

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A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

15 Biblical Names for Boys that Are Waiting to be Discovered

Elisha (ee-LIY-shə): In the shadow of the ultra popular Elijah sits Elisha, a lesser-known biblical figure with a softer sound that still affords the nickname Eli. If you're looking for something a little different but still trend-worthy, this name strikes a perfect balance between the two. In fact, this is quarterback Eli Manning's full name. Biblical Baby Boy Names

A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

15 Biblical Names for Boys that Are Waiting to be Discovered

Enoch: It's time to blow the dust off this ancient name, as today's parents are proving. Five years ago, Enoch appeared in the top 1,000 names, and it's slowly but steadily becoming more popular. The strong E- sound at the beginning is helping Enoch feel like a unique alternative to Ethan or Elijah. Biblical Baby Boy Names

A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

15 Biblical Names for Boys that Are Waiting to be Discovered

Ephraim: So much more than a character in the Twilight series, Ephraim is a tribe of Israel in the Old Testament grounded in tradition. We're just taking notice of this name for its antiquated and unique sound, which, although debated, is most commonly EHF-rəm. Biblical Baby Boy Names

A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

15 Biblical Names for Boys that Are Waiting to be Discovered

Hezekiah: Once cherished in the pioneer days of America, this intriguing biblical name is beginning to charm parents yet again. It's a rare choice that combines the soft sounds of Jeremiah with the lovable quirkiness of Ezekiel. In fact, the nickname Zeke is a possibility for a little Hezekiah, as well as other splashy choices like Hezzie, Ky, or Kiah. Biblical Baby Boy Names

A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

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Jabez (JAY-behz, JAH-behz): The recent inspirational book and movement featuring this name came from the Old Testament, where Jabez was blessed by God. It was much more common in centuries past, and you can find it used for characters from the Sherlock Holmes series as well as the classic short story The Devil and Daniel Webster. The sound may be antiquated, but it has an attractive -z ending and the possibility for the nickname Jay. Biblical Baby Boy Names

A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

15 Biblical Names for Boys that Are Waiting to be Discovered

Jedidiah: A biblical name meaning "beloved of God," Jedidiah has loads of old-fashioned appeal and was used with enthusiasm among the Puritans. Today, this name is feeling fresh again as we continue our search for the next fashionable biblical hit. Biblical Baby Boy Names

A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

15 Biblical Names for Boys that Are Waiting to be Discovered

Jeriah: A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

15 Biblical Names for Boys that Are Waiting to be Discovered

Jotham (JOTH-əm): This name is a rare but refreshingly uncomplicated biblical choice that sounds as modern as Batman's hometown (Gotham City). Jotham was the youngest son of Gideon in the Old Testament. This name is a character in the novel The Pioneers, written in the 1800s, which makes the point for us that this name also has "American pioneer" written all over it. Biblical Baby Boy Names

A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

15 Biblical Names for Boys that Are Waiting to be Discovered

Mathias: As the most popular name on this list, Matthias is leading the group with its familiar sound, biblical roots, and nostalgic image. Affording parents a twist on the standard Matthew, Matthias is an Old Testament choice that dares to be just a little bit different...but not so different you can't still call him Matty. Biblical Baby Boy Names

A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

15 Biblical Names for Boys that Are Waiting to be Discovered

Matthias: As the most popular name on this list, Matthias is leading the group with its familiar sound, biblical roots, and nostalgic image. Affording parents a twist on the standard Matthew, Matthias is an Old Testament choice that dares to be just a little bit different...but not so different you can't still call him Matty. Biblical Baby Boy Names

A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

15 Biblical Names for Boys that Are Waiting to be Discovered

Phineas: The name of more than one minor character in the Bible, Phineas is an unusual but sweetly appealing name that doesn't get enough attention. With names like Finnegan and Silas stealing the spotlight, Phineas is waiting in the wings to be discovered as the storied biblical alternative with a trendy sound and antique sensibilities. Biblical Baby Boy Names

A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

15 Biblical Names for Boys that Are Waiting to be Discovered

Reuben: It's a little unfortunate that this name became synonymous with a sandwich. Reuben is in fact a fantastic Hebrew choice and one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Parents are starting to look past its delicatessen associations and toward the charming sound and biblical heritage this name offers. Biblical Baby Boy Names

A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

15 Biblical Names for Boys that Are Waiting to be Discovered

Samson: Muscle goes hand-in-hand with this famed Hebrew name, forever linked to the Nazarite warrior whose great strength came from his long hair. Samson is just starting to explode on the naming scene, hitting an all-time high of 628 out of the top 1,000 names for boys in the past year. Biblical Baby Boy Names

A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

15 Biblical Names for Boys that Are Waiting to be Discovered

Simeon: Once a fashionable choice in Victorian times, Simeon took a dramatic fall from popularity over the past century. That makes this bygone biblical standard an uncommonly refreshing choice for today with loads of potential. For more than 10 years now, Simeon has been flirting with top 1,000 names, appearing near the bottom of the list. Biblical Baby Boy Names

A rare choice found in the Old Testament, Jeriah hits a sweet spot with its popular -iah ending and brevity. It works well among other hit biblical names, while keeping its appeal as a unique option. Biblical Baby Boy Names

15 Biblical Names for Boys that Are Waiting to be Discovered

Uriah: It's all about the vowel sounds with this one, which leads with a distinguished U- and follows up with a familiar and pleasant -iah ending. The name means, "God is my light." The biblical Uriah was an honorable soldier for King David and Bathsheba's husband, before he was murdered. Biblical Baby Boy Names