The Ten: Biblical baby names you could try in 2021

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It seems that COVID-19 lockdowns have created a baby boom, so if you’re expecting a baby this year, we’ve done some of the hard work for you and found some unique and functional baby names straight from the Bible. 


Male

Kenan | “Possession”

A biblical patriarch who lived before the flood, also mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus (Luke 3:37).

Jamin | “Right hand, south wind”

One of the sons of Simeon (Genesis 46:10, Exodus 6:15 and 1 Chronicles 4:24).

Tekoa | “Trumpet”

The son of Hezron and Abijah (1 Chronicles 2:24; 4:5). Also a town in Judah, the dwelling place of a wise woman, mentioned in 2 Samuel 14.

Micah or Micaiah | “Who is like Yahweh?”

Micaiah was a prophet and one of Elijah’s four disciples (1 Kings 22:14), not to be confused with Micah, the minor prophet after whom the book is named (Micah 1:1).

Seraiah | “Yahweh is Ruler” or “Soldier of Jehovah”

There are nine Seraiahs in the Bible, including the father of Joab (1 Chroniches 4:13-14) and one of David’s scribes (2 Samuel 8:7).


Female

Mahala or Mahalah | “Tender” or “Weary”

There are many Mahala’s in the Bible, including the granddaughter of Manasseh (1 Chronicles 7:18) and David’s granddaughter (2 Chronicles 11:18).

Adah | “Ornament”

There are two Adah’s in the Bible, one the mother of Jabal and Jubal, the other a wife of Esau (Genesis 4:19-20; 36:2).

Atara or Atarah | “Crown”

A descendant of Judah and the second wife of Jerahmeel (1 Chronicles 2:26).

Talitha | “Little girl”

The name Jesus gives to the girl that He resurrects, saying “Talitha cumi” or “Talitha kum” in Aramaic, meaning “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” (Mark 5:41).

Zillah | “Shade” or ”Shadow”

The second wife of Lamech, Zillah was the mother of Naamah—the first daughter named in the Bible—and Tubal-cain, the founder of ancient crafts (Genesis 4:19-23).

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