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 “J” names. Many are quite popular in modern times, while others would be unique choices. Future lists will explore other letters of the alphabet.
Jaakan means “to be fast”. 1 Chron. 1:42. Jaakan was a descendent of Esau, and therefore a tribal ancestor to the Edomites. Jaakan might be a good name for a future Olympian.
Jacob is derived from a Hebrew word meaning “heel” or “he grasps the heel.” Located throughout Genesis. This would be a good name for someone in acrobatics. Biblically, however, Jacob was father to the 12 tribes of Israel. Jacob cheated his twin brother, Esau, out of inheritance rights and fled to Rebekah’s homeland. After many struggles with obtaining the wife of his dreams, Jacob and Esau made amends.
James means “he who supplants.” There are three men named James in the New Testament. The first James, the son of Zebedee, was a close disciple of Jesus. He witnessed the transfiguration and was called upon in the Garden of Gethsemane to stay awake with Jesus. Matt. 26:36-37. The second James, the son of Alphaeus, was also a disciple. He may be “James the Younger” whose mother Mary was at the crucifixion of Christ. Matt. 27:56. Finally, the third James was Jesus’ half-brother. Matt. 13:55.
Jason means “healer.” It is a derivative of the Hebrew names Joshua or Joseph. Acts 17:5-7. Jason was a Jewish high priest. He also hosted Paul during a visit to Thessalonica, being brought up on charges with authorities when Paul could not be found.
Jehoshaphat means “Yahweh judged”. Sometimes used in the phrase “Great Jehoshaphat!” 1 Kings 22:42-43. Jehoshaphat was king for 25 years, and was a great believer of Yahweh. He made a disastrous alliance with Israel’s King Ahab involving his son’s marriage to Ahab’s daughter, Athaliah. Evidently, Athaliah wound up having too much influence in Judah as a result.
Jesse means “man or manly.” 1 Sam. 16:1. Jesse was the father of king David. He was a Judahite who lived in Bethlahem. Being manly is what most eleven year old boys strive to be.
Jesus, of course, is the foundational name of the Bible and stands on its own.
Joel means “Yah is God.” Ezra 10:43. Joel was an Israelite who was a military leader under David. Joel was condemned by Ezra for having a foreign wife. Joel’s preaching produced the biblical Book of Joel.
Jonathan means “Yahweh gave.” 1 Sam. 9:1-2. Jonathan was the eldest son of King Saul and a friend to David. He warned David about an impending attack by Saul, and later was rewarded when David showed kindness to his son, Mephibosheth. 2 Sam. 9:1-13.
Many other “J” names occur in the Bible. Some of these include Jeremiah, Joseph, Joshua, Josiah, Judas, Jude, Julius, Jupiter, and Justus.
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 “J” names you would add? Please leave your comments below, and “Share This” with others!
Other Biblical Baby Name Articles:
Beginning with A
Beginning with B
Beginning with C
Beginning with D
Beginning with E
Beginning with F
Beginning with Ga
Beginning with G
Beginning with H
For more info: Holman Illustrated Pocket Bible Dictionary, Holman Bible Publishers, 2004.