What are names with Biblical meanings?

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Biblical names are great for children because they are timeless with a deep sense of tradition, but also because typically Biblical names have meanings that the parents want to associate with a child. When choosing a Biblical name, parents should understand not only the meaning of the name, but also the Biblical personage the name is associated with and the stories surrounding that person.

Popular Biblical names for girls include Abigail, Elizabeth and Hannah. Abigail was one of King David's wives in the Old Testament, and her name means "my father is joy." Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, means "my God is abundance." Hannah was the mother of the prophet Samuel, and her name means "grace." Although not a Biblical personage, grace is a concept stressed in the Bible, and it is also a popular girl's name.

Popular Biblical names for boys include Noah, Jacob and Michael. Noah, the builder of the ark, has a name which means "rest" or "comfort." Jacob was the son of Isaac, and his name means "holder of the heel" because he was born holding the heel of his twin brother Esau. Michael is the only archangel identified in the Bible, and his name is actually a rhetorical question asking "Who is like God?"

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