If you're not a fan of unique or trendygirl names, and prefer something with more meaning behind it, look no further. These religious monikers dig a little deeper and are rich with biblical history and tradition. You might be surprised at what you find!
Mary was the mother of Jesus Christ, and the name is most likely Egyptian. However, in Hebrew, Mary means "wished for child" or "rebelliousness," which are traits most often associated with the Mother of Christ.
The Hebrew name comes from the word "chawah," which means "to breathe." Many know the creation story in the Bible, which started with Adam and Eve. Eve was created from Adam, a man, and made to be his partner. She shared forbidden fruit from a tree with Adam after being tempted by a serpent, and they were forever banished from the Garden of Eden.
Hannah was the wife of Elkanah in the Bible who was unable to become pregnant. But, Elkanah also had another wife, Peninnah, who was able to have children. After a blessing from the high priest Eli, Hannah was finally able to have a son, Samuel.
Debroahs are full of power, perhaps in part, because the name means "bee" in Hebrew. Also, in the Old Testament, Deborah was a prophetess who lead the Israelites to safety when they were threatened by the Canaanites. How amazing is that?
In the Old Testament, Leah was the wife of Jacob and mother to his six sons and one daughter, whose descendants became some of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Jacob's other wife was Leah's sister, Rachel.
Although this cute moniker is also the name of a flower, it's also part of a dramatic story in the Old Testament. Delilah was the lover of Samson, but she betrayed him to the Philistines by cutting off his hair, which at the time was his source of power.
Rebecca was the wife of Isaac and mother of Jacob and Esau in the Old Testament. For many years, Rebecca couldn't have children, but finally after talking and praying to God, she had two. Later on, her sons would become the leaders of two conflicting nations, which she and God predicted in her womb.
Talitha means "little girl" in Arabic, and is taken from the phrase "talitha cumi," which Jesus spoke to a young girl to bring her back to life. It means "little girl arise."
Shiloh has two possible meanings in the Old Testament. It can refer to a person, most likely the Messiah, or it can translate to "tranquil" in Hebrew. Either way, the moniker has a special history.
RACHEL / RAEL
The adorable name means "ewe," or female sheep, in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, Rachel was the mother of Benjamin and Joseph, who eventually becomes the father of Jesus.
Meaning "pleasantness," in Hebrew, Naomi was the name of the mother-in-law of Ruth in the Old Testament. After her husband and sons died, she moved to Bethlehem with her husband's mother.
Elizabeth is the mother of John the Baptist, who is famous for baptizing Jesus in water. The Greek form of the Hebrew name means "my God is an oath."
Martha is the feminine form of "master" in Hebrew. In the New Testament, Martha is the sister of Lazarus (who rose from the dead) and Mary Magdalene. She saw Jesus bring her brother back to life.
Lazarus, Mary Magdalene, and Martha grew up in the town of Bethany. Mary Magadalene is sometimes also known as Mary of Bethany, and the name means "house of figs."
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