In modern times, new parents love using a unique name for naming their baby. In addition, many of these same parents enjoy choosing names from the Bible. Some names are more common than others, but people world-wide need names for their new babies and what is common to you or me could sound foreign in other parts of the world. As such, I have compiled a list of elegantly beautiful names to choose from. I have included their biblical meaning, location in the Bible, a bit about the real person, and some of my own commentary.
This list contains “A” names. Future lists will explore other letters of the alphabet.
Agabus means “locust.” Acts 11:27-29. Agabus prophesied a universal famine at Antioch which came true ten years later under Claudius Caesar’s reign. It would be great if our children would be able to predict times of famine, wouldn’t it?
Agage means “fiery one.” 1 Sam. 15:8. Agage was a king of a tribal people called the Amalekites. Saul killed all the Amalekites except for Agage, so later Solomon killed Agage. So tragic this is. Yet, sounds awfully familiar of when America was “discovered” and how tribes were killed from influenza and other means.
Ahinoam means “my brother is gracious.” 1 Sam 14:50. Ahinoam was King Saul’s wife. Also in 1 Sam. 25:43, Ahinoam was David of Jezreel’s wife. It’s good women could remarry since they could not work.
Amariah means “Yahweh has spoken.” 1 Chron. 6:7, 52; Ezra 10:42; Neh. 10:3. Amariah was a popular name of priests after the exile. The name “Mariah” has resurfaced in American culture.
Amoz means “strong.” 2 Kings 19:2. Amoz was the father of the prophet Isaiah. It truly sounds like a strong name.
Anah means “answer.” Gen. 36:2. Anah was Esau’s mother-in-law. The name “Anah” sounds more like saying “Nah” as their answer. Great for answering if they can have seconds at dinner.
Ariel means “God’s lion.” Ezra 8:16. Ariel was a Jewish leader in captivity who acted as Ezra’s messenger to the Levites about 458 B.C. Maybe today’s postmen or postwomen who deliver mail on foot need this name so they can fend off guard dogs.
Asenath means “Belonging to Neith.” Gen. 41:45. Asenath was the Pharoah’s present to Joseph. She was also the mother of Ephraim. What?! Gift of a woman. Guess it was typical for the times.
Do any of these names strike your fancy? In other words, which is your favorite from this list and why? Or do you know of a different biblical “A” name I should add? Please leave your comments below, and “Share” with others!
Meaning of “Ab” names
Holman Illustrated Pocket Bible Dictionary, Holman Bible Publishers, 2004.