Dantea's Baby Names

{November 26, 2011}   Biblical Place Names – Boy

Name                           Origin                          Meaning

Abel                               Hebrew                          “Breath” This was the name given to the great stone in Joshua’s field where the ark was “set  down.” Also, Abel is the name of Adam and Eve’s unfortunate younger son, but compensates with positive connotations: capable, competent, ready and willing. Variations include: Abell, Able, Avel

Abel, the one with the Shepherds hook

Ananiah                       Hebrew                            “Protected by Jehovah” This was the name of a town in the tribe of Benjamin between Nob and Hazor (Neh. 11:32). It is probably the modern Beit Hanina, a small village 3 miles north of Jerusalem. There is a name similar to this – Ananias – though I don’t think either could be used as a male first name nowadays. Try it in the middle.

Beit Hanina, Modern day Ananiah

Ariel                               Hebrew                            “Lion of God” A symbolic name for Jerusalem (Isa. 29: 1-2, 7) as “victorious under God,” and in Ezek. 43:15-16, for the altar(Hebrew: “’ariel”) of burnt offerings, the secret of Israel’s lion-like strength. Despite its distinguished pedigree and popularity in Israel, Disney’s Little Mermaid feminized Ariel in this country forever–though short form Arihas come into prominence. Variations include: Ari, Arial, Arie, Ariyel, Arriel

Jerusalem, Ariel is symbolic for this city

Cain                                Hebrew                             “Spear” Cain was later the name of a post-flood town of the Kenites, a branch of the Midianites (Josh. 15:57), on the east edge of the mountain above Engedi; probably the “nest in a rock” mentioned by Balaam(Num. 24:21). It is identified with the modern Yekin, 3 miles southeast of Hebron. Cain was also Adam and Eve’s other son, brother of Abel. The name of the first murderer was, until recently, seldom heard outside of the Old Testament and soap operas. Vary the spelling to sidestep the negative biblical connection. Variations include: Caine, Cainen, Cane, Cayne, Kain, Kane, Kayne, Kean, Keane

Cain, the one with the fruit

Canaan                         Place name                       Pronounced KAY-nan The name as first used by the Phoenicians denoted only the maritime plain on which Sidon was built. But in the time of Moses and Joshua it denoted the whole country to the west of the Jordan and the Dead Sea (Deut. 11:30). The name signifies “the lowlands,” as distinguished from the land of Gilead on the east of Jordan, which was a mountainous district.  This Old Testament place name has a strong, modern feel.

Land of Canaan

Cyprus                          Place name                       This is one of the largest islands of the Mediterranean. It was the “Chittim” of the Old Testament (Num. 24:24). The Greek colonists gave it the name of Kypros, from the cyprus which grew on this island. It was originally inhabited by Phoenicians. In B.C. 477 it fell under the dominion of the Greeks; and became a Roman province B.C. 58. Cyprus is first mentioned in the New Testament (Acts 4:36) as the native place of Barnabas. It was the scene of Paul’s first missionary labors when he and Barnabas and John Mark were sent forth by the church of Antioch. This name has a cool, modern edge to it.


Jericho                          Place name                      Jericho was a fenced city in the midst of a vast grove of palm trees, in the plain of Jordan, over against the place where that river was crossed by the Israelites(Josh. 3:16). This city was taken in a very remarkable manner by the Israelites (Josh. 6). God gave it into their hands. The city was “accursed” (Hebrew: herem, “devoted” to Jehovah), and accordingly all the inhabitants and all the spoil of the city were to be destroyed, “only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron” were reserved and “put into the treasury of the house of Jehovah” (josh. 6:24). Intriguing alternative if you want a biblical name but have rejected all the usual suspects.  Variations include: Jeric, Jerick, Jericko, Jerico, Jerik, Jerric, Jerrick, Jerrico, Jerricoh, Jerryco, Jherico


Jordan                            Hebrew                             “Flowing Down” Jordan became a huge unisex success in the heyday of basketball’s Michael Jordan, and is still Number 45 for boys, 150 for girls. First used by Crusaders recently returned from the river Jordan, the name has always been used for children of both genders, originally given to those baptized in holy water brought back from the River Jordan, the only river in Palestine, and the one in which Christ was baptized by John the Baptist. Variations include: Jardan, Jordae, Jordaine, Jordani, Jordanio, Jordann, Jordanny, Jordano, Jordany, Jordayne, Jordian, Jordin, Jordun, Jordy, Jori, Jorrdan, Jory, Jourdan, Jud, Judd

The River Jordan

Judah                             Hebrew                               “He who is praised” When the disruption took place at Shechem, at first only the Tribe of Judah followed the house of David. But very soon after the tribe of Benjamin joined the tribe of Judah, and Jerusalem became the capital of the new kingdom (Josh. 18:28), which was called the kingdom of Judah. It was very small. Judah is the strong, resonant Old Testament name of the son of Jacob who was the ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel, and from whom the word Jew is derived. Variations include: Jud, Juda, Judas, Judd, Jude

The Kingdom of Judah and Israel

Shiloh                            Hebrew                                 “Peaceful” Shiloh, a place of rest, a city of Ephraim, “on the north side of Bethel,” from which it is distant 10 miles (Judg. 21:19); the modern Seilun (the Arabic for Shiloh), a “mass of shapeless ruins.” Haunting biblical and Civil War place-name; now unisex — especially after the mega-high-profile Brad and Angelina couple picked it for their daughter. Variations include: Shilo, Shiloe, Shylo, Shyloh

Where the city of Shiloh used to stand

Zair                                 Place name                           “Little” a place probably east of the Dead Sea, where Joram  and all his chariots discomfited the host of Edom who had revolted from him (2 Kings 8:21).

Zebulun                        Place name                            In Galilee, to the north of Issachar and south of Asher and Naphtali (Josh. 19: 10-16), and between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean. According to ancient prophecy this part of Galilee enjoyed a large share of the Lord’s public ministry (Isa. 9: 1,2; Matt. 4:12-16). Variations include: Zebulon, Zeb


Zion                                Hebrew                                    “Highest point” The southwester hill of Jerusalem. David took it from the Jebusites (Josh. 15:63) and built a citadel and a palace on it. It became known as the city of David. Zion has taken off in recent years. It combines a user-friendly Ryan-Brian sound with the gravitas of religious significance. The Hebrew pronunciation is ‘tziyon’. Variations include” Sion



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