Popular Biblical Names

When it comes to naming baby boys, the Bible is a good source for most parents. Babycenter.com has published a list of the 100 most popular baby names in 2013.

The data for this information came from more than half a million parents who shared their baby’s name with Babycenter.com.

Below is a list of the biblical names and the rank they occupy in the list. The rank for the names follows the rank supplied by Babycenter. I have also provided a biblical reference indicating where the name appears in the Bible. Since there is more than one person in the Bible with the same name, the biblical reference after the name indicates the first occurrence of the name in the Bible.

For the sake of consistency, I have taken all biblical references from the New International Version (NIV). When a name appears with a different spelling in another version of the Bible, that will be indicated with a special note.

Biblical names in order of popularity:

4. Lucas (Lucas is the Spanish version of Luke: Colossians 4:14)
5. Noah (Genesis 5:29)
8. Ethan (1 Kings 4:31)
9. Jacob (Genesis 25:26)
13. Benjamin (Genesis 35:18)
14. Michael (Numbers 13:13)
15. Caleb (Numbers 13:6)
17. Alexander (Mark 15:21)
18. Elijah (1 Kings 17:1)
19. James (Matthew 4:21)
23. Matthew (Matthew 9:9)
24. Daniel (1 Chronicles 3:1)
25. Luke (Colossians 4:14)
31. Gabriel (Daniel 8:16)
32. Joshua (Exodus 17:9)
33. Nicholas (Acts 6:5 King James Bible)
34. Isaac (Genesis 17:19)
36. Nathan (2 Samuel 5:14)
38. Eli (1 Samuel 1:3)
40. Andrew (Matthew 4:18)
42. Samuel (1 Samuel 1:20)
45. Christian (Acts 26:28)
50. David (Ruth 4:17)
52. Joseph (Genesis 30:24)
56. John (Matthew 3:1)
58. Zachary (a different spelling for Zechariah,  Douay-Rheims Bible)
59. Thomas (Matthew 10:3)
61. Levi (Genesis 29:34)
62. Adam (Genesis 2:20)
63. Isaiah (2 Kings 19:2)
65. Aaron (Exodus 4:14)
74. Jordan (Genesis 13:10)
79. Jonathan (Judges 18:30)
85. Jason (Acts 17:6)
91. Nathaniel (another spelling of Nathanael, John 1:45)
92. Josiah (1 Kings 13:2)
95. Asher (Genesis 30:13)
96. Jeremiah (2 Kings 23:31)
97. Mateo (the Spanish spelling of Matthew, Matthew 9:9)
99. Micah (Judges 17:1)

Out of the 100 most popular names for baby boys in 2013, 40 of them come from the Bible. This indicates that the Bible still has a strong and positive influence in our society today.

Of these 40 biblical names:

Christian climbed 7 spots from 2012, to number 45
Josiah jumped to 92 (in 2012 Josiah was not listed among the 100 most popular names)
Mateo jumped to 98 (in 2012 Mateo was not listed among the 100 most popular names)
Joseph dropped from the top 50 most popular names to number 52.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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2 Responses to Popular Biblical Names

  1. sonworshiper says:

    I’m noticing some of those names among my kids’ friends, Josiah and Mateo particularly. Interesting facts. What about baby girls? I know the Bible doesn’t have nearly as many prominent female figures but I imagine there are some similar statistics.


    • Sonworshiper,

      Thank you for your comment. There are many biblical names for baby girls. I will look into those names and write a post on this topic.

      I invite you to subscribe to receive my posts by mail, so that when I write the post for biblical names for girls, you can read it.

      May you have a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year.

      Claude Mariottini


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