>Popular Biblical Names

>According to information provided by the Social Security Administration, out of the top ten most popular names for boys in 2008, seven of them are biblical names and five of the most popular (the top five) are Old Testament names.

According to the same information, out of the top ten most popular names for girls in 2008, three of them are biblical names, but only one of the most popular is an Old Testament name.

Boys Names

Number one was on the list was Jacob (Genesis 25:26).
Number two was Michael (Numbers 13:13).
Number three was Ethan (1 Chronicles 2:6).
Number four was Joshua (Joshua 1:1).
Number five was Daniel (Daniel 1:6)
Number six was Alexander (Acts 4:6).
Number ten was Matthew (Matthew 9:9).

Girls Names

Number eight was Abigail (1 Samuel 25:14).
Number nine was Elizabeth (Luke 1:13)
Number ten was Chloe (1 Corinthians 1:11).

Who said that people do not like the Old Testament?

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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3 Responses to >Popular Biblical Names

  1. Nate says:

    >My middle name is Michael, which is a name I have always liked. And since learning its meaning (“Who is like God?”), I appreciate it even more so. I am surprised Ethan is so popular, as I do not know any Ethans. My fiance and I (who are tying the knot tomorrow) have discussed this and would eventually name our child Ephraim (not that we are expecting any time soon), another not-so-common name, but one I like nonetheless.My friend, whose name is Eldad (Num. 11:26, 27) actually said to me, “as someone who was named ‘Eldad,’ don’t put your son through that!” But who wants common names?


  2. >Nate,First of all, congratulations about your wedding tomorrow. May God bless you and your new wife richly and may your life together bring honor and glory to God.It is surprising how people choose names for their children. When my first son was born, I wanted to name him Nebuchadnezzar, but my wife said “NO.” I am glad he she did.Thank you for your comment. Again, congratulations and enjoy married life; it is great.Claude Mariottini


  3. Nate says:

    >Thank you for your blessings. I am looking forward to married life (only a few hours away).I think your wife made the right choice on that name, but I see we are similar in respect to outlandish baby names. I suggested (half-jokingly) Melkizedek because his mysterious appearance in Genesis (and subsequent mention in Hebrews) has intrigued me since I read it.


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