Names in the Bible -Understanding Their Meaning- Acts 4:12

I have listed some of the famous names in the Bible, their meaning and a short synopsis about each person. The last name on the list is by far the most famous name in the Bible. That name is hidden in this picture, do you see it?


Abel - son – He was the second born son to Adam and Eve. His older brother Cain was jealous because of the favor that Abel had with God, and killed him. Since Abel was killed for what he believed and followed this made him the world’s first recorded martyr.

AbrahamThe father of a multitude / father is exalted - Formally known as Abram, this prophet was trusted by God to become the founder and representative of the Hebrew race. He was father to Isaac and Ishmael and grandfather to Jacob and Esau. He also received the Abrahamic Covenant which would be the foundation for all future covenants that came after it. (The Davidic Covenant – The New Covenant – The Blood Covenant)

Adamman – He was the first human God created and husband of Eve. He was also the first recorded human to sin. Because of his sin he along with Eve was banished from the Garden of Eden, and caused the fall of humanity.

Benjamin -son of my right hand – He was one of the tribal founders to the twelve tribes of Israel. He was the son of Jacob and Rachel. He was the second born unto Rachel, but the twelfth born unto Jacob. He was Joseph’s favorite little brother.

Boazstrength – He was the husband of Ruth. He was King David’s great-grandfather.

Cain - spear – He was the first-born son of Adam and Eve. Because of his ill feelings towards Abel, Cain rose up and killed his brother. God marked him on his head and banished him from the land. He became the world’s first recorded murderer.

DanielGod is my judge- He was a great prophet that served in the Babylon kingdom during Israel’s captivity. He was of noble birth that came from the tribe of Judah. His office was the third most powerful position from within the kingdom. He was also the author of the prophetic Book of Daniel.

David - Hero -He was anointed to be king by the prophet Samuel. He had once killed a bear and a lion and would later kill the Philistines greatest champion, Goliath. He was arguably the greatest King in Israel’s history. David is the only King in the Bible to be called and recognized as King by the one true God. He also wrote the majority of The Book of Psalms.

Elijah - my Lord is Jehovah – He came from Tishbe that’s located in Gilead. He was perhaps the most famous of the non-writing prophets. He was mighty in spirit, power and ministry. He ascended to heaven in a whirlwind.

Enoch -dedicated – He was the first human to be recorded that did not die a physical death. He was also the father of Methuselah, who was recorded as the longest living human who died when he was 969 years old. Hen famously ‘walked with God’, and was taken to heaven alive.

Estherstar – She was a very beautiful Hebrew queen of Persia who God used to help save the Jews from destruction at the hands of the Persians.

Eve life – She was the first female created and wife to Adam. She and Adam through their sin ended up causing the fall of humanity.

Ezekielthe strength of God – Ezekiel is the author of the Book of Ezekiel, and a major prophet of Israel who lived and worked among the exiles in Babylon.

Isaac - laughter – He was the first-born unto Abraham who was offered up as a brunt sacrifice unto God. This was because God decided to test Abraham faith, by asking him to sacrifice his one and only son that he had with Sarah, who up to that point could not bear children.

IsaiahGod’s Salvation - He was a prophet of the Southern Kingdom of Judah. He was eventually executed by king Manasseh, by being sawed in half. Isaiah was a great prophet and the author of the Book of Isaiah.

JacobHe will supplant, one who trips up or takes hold by the heel – He was the youngest twin brother of Esau and son to Isaac and Rebekah. Was a shepherd who became one of the three patriarchs of the Israeli nation. He was the father of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Jeremiah – elevated or anointed of the Lord- He was the weeping prophet who authored Jeremiah and Lamentations. His prophecies dealt with judgment, and foretold of many great things that were to come, including the New Covenant, and the coming of Jesus Christ.

Joseph – to add or increaseHe was one of the tribal founders to the twelve tribes of Israel. He was the son of Jacob and Rachel. He was Rachel’s first but the eleventh son to be born unto Jacob. He was Jacob’s favorite son, where his father had given him a coat of many colors. Joseph became the second highest ranking official in the land of Egypt, the land where he once was a slave.

Moses – to draw out – He was also the author of the first five books of the Bible – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. He was the first leader of an independent Israel. He was called by God and used to deliver the Hebrew people from out of bondage at the hands of the Egyptians.

Paul – Little or SmallPaul authored approximately half of the New Testament. He was known as Saul, and was dedicated to the persecution of the early church before his conversion. Paul’s conversion dramatically changed his life. Known as Saul of Tarsus, he was the most influential early Christian missionary. His ministry was responsible for the spreading of the Gospel through early Christian communities across the Roman Empire.

Peter – a small wobbly and easily movable stone – Peter was one of twelve chosen by Jesus as his first disciples.

Ruth- lady, friend, companion – The Bible says she was a woman of noble character. She was the wife of Boaz, and the great-grandmother of David.

Sarahprincess of a multitude – She was the wife of Abraham, and mother of Isaac.

Solomonrecompense, or fair penalty – Solomon the son of King David, was the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem. The Bible tells us he was great in wisdom, wealth, and power. He authored three books of the Bible, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon.

Jesus –  Jesus is a transliteration,  based on the Latin Iesus, of the Greek Iēsoûs, from the Hebrew Yeshua. The name Jesus in the context of the New Testament is generally expressed as Yahweh saves, Yahweh is salvation, and Jehovah is salvation.

When it comes to famous names in the Bible there is the one Name above all names – the name of Jesus. He is the Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, Christ, Messiah, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Bread of Life, Lamb of God, Bright Morning Star, Lion of Judah, I Am, Savior, Alpha and Omega, Word of God, Rose of Sharon, Emmanuel, Light of the World, Son of God, and many, many more. Blessed be His Holy Name.

Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name (Jesus) under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

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7 replies

  1. I see it! :-)

    ♥ Gracie ♥

  2. The meaning of the names are spot on.
    Blessings to you and yours Darrell.

  3. Reblogged this on The Peanut Gallery and commented:
    Try putting these names in chronological order. You might want to begin and end with Jesus.

  4. thank you for writing that article on Meaning of names in the bible. I had a good time while reading this. I wish you all the best, Cassandra!

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