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 “C” names. Future lists will explore other letters of the alphabet.
Caiaphas means “rock” or “depression.” Matthew 26:3. Caiaphas was the high priest during Jesus’ trial and execution. He was the son-in-law of Annas, and a leader in the plot to arrest and execute Jesus. Maybe Caiaphas was not a good role model, but the name sure sounds pleasant.
Candace – the meaning is uncertain. However, Candace was used as a title rather than a name by many Ethiopian queens. Acts 8:27-35. In the Bible, Candace was an Ethiopian queen whose servant was baptized by Philip after become a believer in Christ.
Carcas means “hawk.” Esther 1:10-11. Carcas was one of the seven Persian eunuchs serving under King Ahasuerus commanded to bring Queen Vashti to the king’s party. A hawk usually tends to a carcas, does it not?
Carmi means “vineyard.” Carmi showed up in various places of the Bible. Carmi was the son of Reuben (Gen. 46:9) and probably had a good taste in sandwiches. Carmi was also the father of Achan in Joshua 7:1. Finally, Carmi was the son of Judah in 1 Chron. 4:1.
Carpus means “fruit.” 2 Tim. 4:13. Paul left his cloak in Troas with his Christian friend named Carpus. Paul later sent Timothy to retrieve the cloak. Poor Timothy seems to have been an errand boy in this case.
Chenaniah means “Yahweh empowers.” 1 Chron. 15:22, 27. Chenaniah was the chief of the Levites under David who played a leading role in bringing the arc of the covenant back to Jerusalem. He also instructed people in singing.
Chilion means “sickly.” Ruth 1:2. Chilion was the child of Elimelech and Naomi who married a Moabite woman named Orpah (not Oprah.) Not sure who would want to put the stigma of “sickly” upon a child, but the name sounds neat.
Chloe means “verdant.” 1 Cor. 1:11. Chloe’s household members informed Paul of dissention at Corinth. Not much else was known about her.
Cushi means “Cushite – an inhabitant of Cush.” Zeph. 1:1. Cushi was the father to the prophet Zephaniah. Cushi probably had some elegant pillows and perhaps a stuffed animal or two when he was young.
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 “C” name I should add? Please leave your comments below, and “Share” with others!
Biblical C Names
Holman Illustrated Pocket Bible Dictionary, Holman Bible Publishers, 2004.