Biblical names for girls

Many parents, whether religious or not, choose biblical names because of their strong meanings. Names from the bible never seem to date are also popular with celebrities – U2 singer Bono and wife Alison Hewson have sons named Elijah and John Abraham. Below are 20 biblical girls names for inspiration. For boys names, see biblical names for boys.

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Anna

Grace. The name is the Greek version of the Hebrew name Hannah. She was a prophetess in Jerusalem and the daughter of Phanuel who was of the tribe of Asher. Anna saw the baby Jesus at the Temple when she was old, and recognised him as the Messiah.

Bathsheba

Daughter of an oath, seventh daughter. The name is Hebrew in origin. She was the daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah, although she committed adultery with King David whom she married after her husband’s death. She has four sons, including Solomon.

Bethany

House of dates, or house of misery. The name is Aramaic in origin. Bethany is the name of a village on the Mount of Olives where Lazarus (whom Jesus brought back from the dead) lived with his sisters Mary and Martha.

Beulah

Married. The name is Hebrew in origin. It is a metamorphic name which is used for the land of Judah to symbolise that it is favoured and blessed by God. The word is used in the Hebrew Bible to mean married, marriage, husband and wife.

Brook (Brooke)

Stream of water, torrent. The name is English in origin, but is derived from the Hebrew word nachal. Brooks are mentioned many times in the bible, including when God told the prophet Elijah to hide by the Cherith brook, where he was fed by ravens.

Carmel

Fruitful place, park. The name is Hebrew in origin and was the name of a mountain in Central Palestine which belonged to the tribe of Asher. Solomon compared its beauty to that of a bride.

Charity

Benevolence or goodwill. The name is Latin in origin. Charity is the most important of the three Christian graces, the other two being hope and faith.

Deborah

A bee. The name is Hebrew in origin. Deborah was a prophetess and judge of Israel who organised an army to liberate the people of Israel from the King of Hazor.

Elisabeth

Oath of God. This is the Greek version of the Hebrew name Elisheba. Elisabeth was the wife of the priest Zacharius and the mother of John the Baptist. She was also a cousin of Mary, the mother of Jesus. A popular modern spelling is Elizabeth.

Esther

Star. The name is Persian in origin. Esther married the King of Persia, and when he ordered his Prime Minister to have all the Jews in his kingdom killed, Esther stepped in and prevented this from happening. The annual festival of Purim is held in commemoration.

Eve

Life, life giver. The name is Hebrew in origin. Eve was the first woman on Earth, created by God from one of Adam’s ribs. She and Adam were tempted by a serpent to taste the Forbidden Fruit and were expelled from the Garden of Eden for doing so.

Hannah

Favoured by God, or grace. The name is Hebrew in origin. Hannah was one of the wives of Elkanah, and was childless. She prayed to God at the tabernacle at Shiloh and was then blessed with six children.

Leah

Weary, tired. The name is Hebrew in origin. Leah was the first wife of Jacob, with whom she has six sons and a daughter.

Magdalene

Woman of Magdala, high tower. The name is Hebrew in origin. Mary Magdalene was a devout follower of Jesus who cast seven demons from her. She was the first person to learn of Jesus’ rising from the dead.

Mary

Rebellion, overthrow. The name is Hebrew in origin, and is a very popular name throughout the Bible. Mary was the mother of Jesus who conceived him whilst retaining her virginity. Mary Magdalene and Mary, wife of Cleopas were two women who supported Jesus’ ministry and teachings.

Martha

Royal lady, mistress. The name is Hebrew in origin. Martha is the sister of Mary, and Lazarus who was raised from the dead by Jesus. All three were devout followers of his teachings.

Rachel

Ewe, little lamb, daughter. The name is Hebrew in origin. Rachel was also one of Jacob’s wives in the Old Testament. Her sons Joseph and Benjamin founded two of the tribes of Israel.

Ruth

Friend. The name is Hebrew in origin. In the Bible, she was Mahlon’s wife. When he died, she married Boaz and gave birth to Obed who was the grandfather of King David.

Sarah

Princess. The name is Hebrew in origin. Sarah was Abraham’s wife and the mother of Isaac. Her grandsons founded the twelve tribes of Israel, and through them she became the ‘Mother of many nations’.

Shiloh

The peaceful one, tranquil. The name is Hebrew in origin. Shiloh is an epithet, denoting the Messiah. Shiloh is also the name of a city where the tabernacle was set up by Joshua.

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