A lot of people have written and asked for a list of the meanings of the names of people in the Bible. Most of them come from readers of Name Changes in the Bible, one of the most popular GodWords articles. So: you asked for it, you’ve got it. Keep in mind that many names found in the Bible are not translated in the Bible, and that we often rely on translations of the name from other sources.
This list is, of course, incomplete. I mean, just look at how short it is. We’re just getting started. If you can add a name and meaning to it, just use the form at the bottom of the page and let me know.
|Abba||Chaldee||Father||In the Bible, Abba is a name applied to God three times, all in the New Testament.|
|Abda||Hebrew||Servant of Jehovah||There are two Abdas in the Bible:|
|Abel||Hebrew||Breath||The second son of Adam and Eve, Abel’s name may reflect the shortness of his life.|
|Elijah||Hebrew||My God is Yahweh||There are four Elijahs in the Bible:|
|Elisha||Hebrew||My God is Yahweh||This is the same name as Elijah.|
|Hosea||Hebrew||Yahweh is salvation||Hosea is a Hebrew name, a variant form of Hoshe’a, which was Joshua’s name before Moses changed it.|
|Jesus||16 Languages||Yahweh is salvation||Jesus is a transliteration of Iesous, which is a Greek form of the Aramaic Yeshu’a, which is a shortened form of Yehoshu’a. This is the same name as Joshua.|
|Joshua||Hebrew||Yahweh is salvation||Joshua is the same name as Hosea and Jesus.|
|Jotham||Hebrew||Yahweh is perfect||There are three Jothams in the Bible:|
|Simeon||Hebrew||To hear||There are three Simeons in the Bible:|
|Simon||Greek||To hear||Simon is the Greek rendering of the Hebrew name Shimon or Simeon. There are nine Simons in the Bible. They are described differently in Scripture, to tell them apart: