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Baby Middle Names Inspired by the Bible

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” This famous Shakespearean love quote comes from his play Romeo and Juliet.

While people are more likely to be judged by their personal qualities and character than by their name, a name is nevertheless incredibly important as we live with it for the rest of our days.

Choosing a middle name for your child is not obligatory but can help to set your child apart from others who carry the same name. Middle names have somehow become a social norm and may give your child a future alternative if it is unhappy with its first name. 

When considering middle names, it is best to ask yourself the reason for choosing the name. Biblical names are one of the most popular and enduring choices of prospective parents all over the world. Choosing a Biblical name for your child’s middle name is not only a classic, timeless choice, but also allows you to give your child a distinctive, and yet meaningful name.

Selecting the Biblical name as the middle name, as opposed to the first name, gives you the opportunity to choose a more unique name such as the boy name Bartholomew (Hebrew: Ploughman. Son of Talmai) or the girl name Sapphira (Hebrew: Variant of Sapphire (gem); beautiful), without risking that your child might become subject to mockery.

If you have troubles finding a suitable middle name for your child, the Bible is an excellent resource for names for children. Here are some examples of classic, popular and unusual boy and girl baby from the Bible.

Biblical boy names:

Amos
Hebrew: Strong; carried; brave. Amos was an 8th century B.C. Old Testament prophet. 

Asa
Hebrew: Physician. Asa was the name of an Old Testament king of Judah.

Benaiah
Hebrew: God builds. Benaiah is a name that appears numerous times in the Old Testament.

Caleb

In Hebrew Ka means “like, as” and Lev means “heart”, making the meaning “like the heart.” Because the name in Hebrew is spelled with the same consonants as the word for “dog”, the name is often thought to mean dog. Famous bearer: Caleb was one of the twelve Israelite leaders sent by Moses to explore the Promised Land.

Elijah     
Hebrew: Jehova is God. Famous bearer: the Old Testament prophet Elijah.

Eliakim

Hebrew: God will develop. In the Old Testament Eliakim is the name of the master of Hezekiah’s household.

Hosea
Hebrew: Salvation. Hosea was a Prophet of the Old Testament.

Ira
Hebrew: Watchful. One of King David’s men in the Old Testament.

Joshua
Hebrew: Jehovah is generous. Jehovah saves. In the Old Testament, Joshua was chosen to succeed Moses as leader of the Israelites for their journey to the Promised Land.

Laban
Hebrew: White. In the Bible, Laban was the brother of Isaac’s wife Rebekah and the father of Jakob’s wives Leah and Rachel.

Reuben
Hebrew: Behold, a son. The firstborn of Jakob’s 12 sons in the Old Testament.

Saul

Hebrew: Asked for; inquired of God. The first king of Israel was named Saul. It is the Hebrew name of the Apostle Paul.

Shiloh
Hebrew: The one to whom it belongs. In the Bible Shiloh is a prophetic name for the Messiah; also Shiloh is significant as the site of a crucial battle in the American Civil War.

Uriah
Hebrew: God is my light; light of the Lord. Uriah was a Hittite captain in David’s army as well as the husband of the beautiful Bathsheba.

Zedekiah
Hebrew: The Lord is righteous; God’s justice. Zedekiah was the last king of Judah, as told in the Old Testament.


Biblical girl names:

Abishag
Hebrew: My father strays. In the Old Testament Abishag was a beautiful young woman who cared for King David in his old age.

Atarah
Hebrew: Crown. In the Old Testament she was the wife of Jerahmeel.

Adah
Hebrew: Beautiful. Ornament. He Old Testament wives of Lamech and Essau were named Adah.

Bethany
Hebrew: Bethany was a New Testament village near Jerusalem where Jesus visited Mary, Martha and Lazarus.

Bithiah
Hebrew: A variant of Bethia, meaning daughter or worshipper of God, which appears in the Old Testament. 

Delilah
Hebrew: Amorous, delight, languishing, temptress. In the Old Testament, Samson’s mistress, Delilah discovered the secret of his strength, and then betrayed him to the Philistines.

Eve
Hebrew: Life, living, lively. Famous bearer: the Old Testament mother of the human race who tasted the forbidden fruit, precipitating the Fall of Man.

Keturah
Hebrew: Fragrance. Sacrifice. Abraham’s second wife in the Old Testament.

Keziah

Hebrew: Cassia; sweet-scented spice. Keziah was one of Job’s three daughters in the Bible.

Lael
Hebrew: Belonging to God. Traditional male Biblical name.

Mahalath
Hebrew: A lute, a lyre. In the Old Testament Mahalath was the daughter of Ishmael and the wife of Esau.

Naamah
Hebrew: Pleasant. Naamah was the name of the daughter of Lamech and Zillah and one of the wives of King Solomon in the Old Testament.

Salome

Hebrew: Peace. Tranquil. In the Bible, Salome was the granddaughter of Herod the Great who asked for the head of John the Baptist in return for dancing for her stepfather on his birthday.

Tamar
Hebrew: Palm tree. In the Old Testament, Tamar was raped by her half-brother, Amnon.

Tirzah
Hebrew: Favourable. Tirzah was the youngest of Zelophehad’s five daughters in the Old Testament.
 
Naming your child is one of the most important tasks of becoming a parent as it adds meaning and a source of identity to your child. For centuries, parents have been selecting baby names from the Bible. Biblical middle names are saturated with spiritual significance as each name offers a fascinating and unique story from the Bible. In addition, most Biblical middle names are not only great for children but will also be suitable once they have grown up.
 

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