Dantea's Baby Names

{November 28, 2011}   Biblical Place Names – Girls

Name                           Origin                          Meaning

Abilene                         Hebrew                         “Grass” This was the name of a district lying on the east slope of the Anti-Lebanon range. It was named from its main town, Abila (Luke 3:1), which stood in the Suk Wady Barada, between Heliopolis (Baalbec) and Damascus, 38 miles from the former and 18 from the latter. This is also a place name for Texas and Kansas. Has the nickname potential of Abby or Lena. Variations include: Abalene, Abileen

Abilene, TX

Adria                             Greek                              This name is used once in the Bible (Acts 27:27). It was the Adriatic Sea, including the Ionian Sea. Could be a variation of Adrianna and very pretty on its own.

Coast of the Adriatic Sea

Antonia                        Latin                               “priceless one” This is a fortress in Jerusalem, at the northwest corner of the temple area. Antonia is stronger than most feminized boys’ names. Could have the cute nickname possibility of Annie. Variations include: Ansonia, Ansonya, Antania, Antinia, Antona, Antonice, Antonija, Antonine, Antoniya, Antonnea, Antonnia, Antonya, Antoñía, Netta, Netti, Nettie, Nety, Tloinette, Toinetta, Tonechka, Tonette, Toney, Toni, Tonie, Tony, Tonya

Apollonia                    Place name                   A city of Macedonia between Amphipolis and Thessalonica. Paul and Silas passed through it on their way to there. (Acts 17:1) Name of early Christian martyr with exotic, appealing feel in the modern world.  Variations include: Abbeline, Abbetina, Apollinia, Apollyne, Appolonia

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 alter(Hebrew: “’ariel”) of burnt offerings, the secret of Israel’s lion-like strength. Biblical place and name of Shakespearean (male) sprite that enjoyed a burst of popularity with the release of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Although its wave has crested, it’s still a name any little girl would love. It’s also associated with the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Variations include: Aerial, Aeriale, Aeriel, Aeriela, Aeriell, Aeryal, Ahriel, Aire, Aireal, Airial, Airiél, Ari, Aria, Arial, Ariale, Arieal, Ariela, Ariele, Ariella, Arielle, Ariellel, Arrieal, Arriel, Arriele, Arriell, Arrielle, Aryel, Aryelle, Auriel, Aurielle

Jerusalem, Ariel is a symbolic name

Ava                                Latin                               “like a bird” A place in Assyria from which colonies were brought to Samaria (2 Kings 17:24). Ava was given a big popularity boost — Ava’s currently at Number 5 — when dozens of high-profile stars such as Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman chose Ava for their daughters.  Ava is simple and sweet. Variations include: Aeva, Aiva, Avada, Avae, Avah, Ave, Aveen, Avis, Eva

Ava Gardner

Bethany                       Hebrew                          “house of figs” A village on the southeastern slope of the Mount of Olives (Mark 11:1), about 2 miles east of Jerusalem, on the road to Jericho. It derived its name from the number of palm-trees which grew there. It was the residence of Lazarus and his sisters. Bethany is a lyrical name that still strikes many parents as a fresher, more substantial substitute for the overused Brittany/Brittney. Variations include: Beth, Bethanee, Bethaney, Bethani, Bethanie, Bethanne, Bethannie, Bethanny, Bethenee, Betheney, Betheny

Bethany in Jerusalem

Bethel                           Hebrew                          “House of God” The name Bethel was at first apparently given to the Sanctuary in the neighborhood of Luz, and was not given to the city itself till after its conquest by Ephraim. This is the place where Jacob, on his way from Beersheba to Haran, saw visions of Angels ascending and descending from Heaven on a ladder. A rarely used Biblical place-name with a soft and pleasant sound. Variations include: Bethell

Bethel, AK

Cilicia                           Place name                   A maritime province in the southeast of Asia Minor. Tarsus, the birthplace of Paul, was one of its chief towns, and the seat of a celebrated school of philosophy.

The Coast of Cilicia

Cyrene                         Place name                   A city (now Tripoli) in Upper Libya, North Africa, founded by a colony of Greeks (B.C. 630). Simon, who bore the Lord’s cross, was a native of this place (Matt. 27:32; Mark 15:21). Jews from Cyrene were in Jerusalem at Pentecost (Acts 2:10); and Cyrenian Jews had a synagogue at Jerusalem (6:9). Nickname option of Cy

Eden                             Hebrew                           “place of pleasure” Eden is an attractive, serene paradise-equivalent of the more-popular Navaeh (yes, that’s heaven spelled backwards), Eden got a real bump in visibility when ‘Desperate Housewives’ Marcia Cross used it for one of her twin girls.  Eden is the mythical garden where Adam and Eve lived. Variations include: Eaden, Eadin, Ede, Edena, Edene, Edenia, Edin, Edyn

Haven                          Word name                   The most famous on the coast of Palestine was that of Tyre (Ezek. 27:3). That of Crete, called “Fair Havens,” is mentioned in Acts 27:8. Haven has recently appealed to an increasing number of parents who don’t want to voyage quite as far as Heaven. Variations include: Havin, Havun, Hayven, Hayvin

The "Fair Haven" of Crete

Idalah                          Place name                   A city near the west border of Zebulun (Josh. 19:15). It has been identified with the modern Jeida, in the valley of Kishon. Idalah is a town in Zebulun that makes an exotic first name for a modern girl. Where the boys get most of the ancient yet distinctive Biblical names, Idalah is one for the girls’ side.

Jordan                         Hebrew                          “flowing down” Originally used for children baptized in holy water from the river Jordan, it became one of the leading androgynous names of the nineties. As the balance tips toward the boys’ side — nearly four times as many boys as girls are called Jordan today — it’s slipping on the girls’ popularity chart.  Variations include” Johrdan, Jordain, Jordanka, Jordann, Jordanna, Jordanne, Jordena, Jordenn, Jordie, Jordin, Jordyn, Jordynn, Jorey, Jori, Jorie, Jorrdan, Jorry, Jory, Jourdan, Yardena, Yordana

The River Jordan

Keilah                           Place name                  A city in the lowlands of Judah (Josh. 15:44). David rescued it from the attack of the Philistines (1 Sam. 23:1-8); but the inhabitants proving unfaithful to him, in that they sought to deliver him up to Saul, he and his men “departed from Keilah, and went whithersoever they could go”

Lydda                           Place name                  A town in Ephraim, mentioned only in the New Testament (Acts 9:32, 35, 38) as the scene of Peter’s miracle in healing the paralytic Aeneas. Lydda is the name of a Biblical town whose similarity to Lydia makes it plausible as a first name. But if you’re considering Lydda, we not just go with Lydia?

Lydia                            Greek                              “woman from Lydia” A province in the west of Asia Minor, which derived its name from the fourth son of Shem (Gen. 10:22). Lydia is a very early place name, that of an area of Asia Minor whose inhabitants are credited with the invention of coinage and of having strong musical talent–as well as great wealth. Lydia is rising in popularity–it’s now not far outside the Top 100– increasingly appreciated for its history and haunting quality. Cute nickname: Liddy or Lydie Variations include: Liddie, Lidie, Lidya, Lyda

Lydia Hearst

Marah                          Place name                   Marah is where the Israelites camped right after they walked through the parted Red Sea. Marah is related to Mara and has the same “bitter” meaning.

Moriah                        Hebrew                           “the lord is my teacher” Where Abraham took his son Isaac to sacrifice him. Taylor Hanson chose this as the middle name for his son Viggo, his fourth child, but most will see it as a girl’s name. Variations include: Moraia, Moraiah, Moria, Moriel, Morit, Morria, Morriah

Mt. Moriah

Myra                            Greek                               “Fragrant” one of the chief towns of Lycia, in Asia Minor, about 2 1/2 miles from the coast (Acts 27:5). Here Paul removed from the Adramyttian ship in which he had sailed from Caeserea, and entered into the Alexandrian ship, which was afterwards wrecked at Melita. Variations include: Maira, Mayra, Mira, Myree, Myrena, Myria

Myra, Turkey

Persia                          Place name                    Despite — or because of — the country’s name change, still retains the brilliant coloration of an ancient Persian miniature.  Variations include: Persis

Iran, modern day Persia

Samaria                      Place names                  Ancient Palestinian city in present-day Jordan. In the heart of the mountains of Israel, a few miles northwest of Shechem, stands the “hill of Shomeron,” a solitary mountain, a great “mamelon.” It is an oblong hill, with steep but not inaccessible sides, and a long flat top. Omri, the king of Israel, purchased this hill from Shemer its owner for two talents of silver, and built on its broad summit the city to which he gave the name of “Shomeron”, i.e., Samaria, as the new capital of his kingdom instead of Tirzah (1 King 15:24).

Steps to Herodian Temple, Samaria

Sheba                          Hebrew                            Exotic biblical place-name for the region now known as Yemen is given to puppies and kittens more often than babies. But felt fresh again as the name of the heroine of Zoe Heller’s “Notes on a Scandal,” played by Cate Blanchett. Variations include: Saba, Sabah, Scheba, Shebah, Sheeba, Shieba

Shiloh                         Hebrew                            “peace/He who is to be sent” 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.” Variations include: Shilo, Shylo

Tarah                          Hebrew                            Station, an encampment of the Hebrews in the wilderness (Num. 33:27, 28). This is also a popular Irish name meaning  rocky hill.It was the name of the plantation from Gone with the Wind.

Plantation from Gone with the Wind

Zelah                           Place name                    A town in Benjamin, where Saul and his son Johnathan were buried (2 Sam. 21:14). It was probably Saul’s birthplace. Pretty and unique first name choice.

Zorah                          Hebrew                           “place of wasps” A town in the low country of Judah, afterwards given to Dan (Josh. 19:41; Judg. 18:2), probably the same as Zoreah (Josh. 15:33). This was Sampson’s birthplace (Judg. 13:2, 25), and near it he found a grave.



I like this blog very much so much fantastic info.

Ellie says:

Thank-you – you’ve really presented these names well.

dantea4 says:

Well you’re very welcome. ^_^

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