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Popular Biblical Names for Girls

The old and new testament of the Bible is filled with both unusual and classic baby names. They convey a history that can be delightful to have as part of your child’s own story.

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Before picking a name for your newborn, be sure to seek out more information about stories that accompany them, especially if you have a keen interest in the meaning of names.

While the meanings of some names are quite lovely (“full of grace”) or noble (defender of men”), others a not so charming (“house of affliction”).

Names from the new testament tend to be more prevalent in modern America as it is thought of as the “Christian Bible.” But that doesn’t mean you won’t find some unique and uncommon options.

These are some of the unique and most popular biblical names for girls, along with their origins, meanings, popularity in the top 1,000 list of girl names, and interesting information. Checkout biblical names for boys.

Abigail

  • Meaning: My father’s joy
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Abby, Abbie, Gail, Abbigail, Abigal
  • Famous Namesakes: Advice columnist Abigail van Buren, First Lady Abigail Adams, actress Abigail Breslin
  • Peak Popularity: After its debut in 1970, Abigail has been rising tremendously, holding the 42nd spot in 1990 and 2009-2017 it secured a place in the top ten names.
  • Fun Fact: Abigail was a beautiful, wealthy, and educated woman who is considered as one of the few female prophets of the Old Testament. She successfully devised a plan to appease David from taking revenge on her husband, Nabal after he offended the future King.

Ada

  • Meaning: Adorned (German), happy, noble
  • Origin: German, Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Aada, Adah
  • Famous Namesakes: Religious figure St. Ada, scientist Ada Lovelace
  • Peak Popularity: After ranking at the top 100 in the 1800s, Ada fell out of favour but made a comeback in the 2000s and now ranks in the top 500.
  • Fun Fact: The name Adah appears twice in the Old Testament. First, as the second woman mentioned in the Bible (after Eve). And secondly as one of the three wives of Esau. In the 1800s, the Countess of Lovelace, Ada, is regarded as the first computer programmer. The Ada computer programming language is named in her honor.

Anna

  • Meaning: Grace, favour
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ana, Ann, Annette, Hannah, Ona, Annika, Anne
  • Famous Namesakes: Dancer Anna Pavlova, Actress Anna Kendrick
  • Peak Popularity: Anna peaked in the 1800s as the second most popular girl name, but has since dropped into the top 100. The variation Hannah rose in popularity in the 1990s, reaching the top 11, but has fallen to the top 30.
  • Fun Fact: Hannah was the wife of Elkanah in the Old Testament. Anna is a prophetess in the Temple in the New Testament (the Gospel of Luke) who preaches to everyone there that the child Jesus will redeem Jerusalem.

Bethany

  • Meaning: House of affliction, house of figs
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Betheny, Bethenny
  • Famous Namesakes: Surfer Bethany Hamilton, TV personality Bethenny Frankel
  • Peak Popularity: Bethany peaked in 1987 at the top 100 baby girl name. It has since fallen out of favour ranking in the top 500.
  • Fun Fact: Bethany was a village near Jerusalem, at the foot of the Mount of Olives where Jesus spent his last days before his death at the home of Lazarus (whom Jesus raised from the dead) and his sisters, Mary and Martha.

Candace

  • Meaning: Pure, queen
  • Origin: Ethiopian
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Candice, Candy
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Candace Cameron Bure, basketball player Candace Parker, commentator Candace Owens
  • Peak Popularity: A rare name in the 1970s, Candace rose in popularity to a peak at 119 in the 1980s but has significantly declined since then.
  • Fun Fact: Candace was mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as the queen of the Ethiopians. She was converted and baptized as chief of the treasury by the apostle Philip.

Chloe

  • Meaning: New growth
  • Origin: Greek
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Cloie, Cloey, Cloe, Chloë, Chloie, Khloé, Khloey, Kloe, Khloe
  • Famous Namesakes: Media personality Khloé Kardashian, actress Chloë Grace Moretz
  • Peak Popularity: Chloe was a rare name until the 1990s, reaching its all-time high in 2009 at No. 9 but has since fallen into the top 20.
  • Fun Fact: Chloe was a pioneering early Christian woman mentioned by the Apostle Paul in his first letter to the church at Corinth, Greece.

Damaris

  • Meaning: Gentle
  • Origin: Greek
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Demaris, Damaras
  • Famous Namesakes: model Damaris Lewis, TV chef Damaris Phillips
  • Peak Popularity: The name Damaris isn’t common. Reaching its peak in the 1990s at the 843rd spot, it hasn’t been able to secure a spot a the top 1,000 since then.
  • Fun Fact: Damaris is mentioned in Acts of the Apostles as being a Christian convert in Athens.

Deborah

  • Meaning: Bee
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Debbi, Devora, Deb, Debora, Debby, Debra, Devorah, Debbora, Debora
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Debbie Reynolds, singer Debbie Harry, journalist Deborah Norville
  • Peak Popularity: Hugely popular as a name in the 1950s and 1960s when it ranked as high as fifth, it fell sharply through the end of the century and in 2018 it was at number 779.
  • Fun Fact: Two Deborahs are mentioned in the Bible. Deborah appears in Genesis as the nurse of Rebecca, and in the Book of Judges, Deborah is a heroic prophetess who rallies an army to battle the Canaanites.

Delilah

  • Meaning: Temptress
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Delila
  • Famous Namesakes: Delilah Hamlin (daughter of actors Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna)
  • Peak Popularity: Delilah was rare until the early 2000s. It has increased significantly in recent years ranking at 94 in 2018.
  • Fun Fact: Delilah appears in the Book of Judges as a villain, where she tricked the mighty Samson into revealing the source of his strength (his hair) to her. Then she turned him over to the Philistines after cutting off his hair.

Dinah

  • Meaning: Judged
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Dina
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Dinah Jane, singer and TV host Dinah Shore
  • Peak Popularity: Dinah reached its peak in the 1950s, ranking at 532. It rapidly fell out of favour and hasn’t earned a spot in the top 1000 since the 1970s.
  • Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Dinah is the daughter of Leah and Jacob. Her abduction and rape led to the retribution of the crime by her two older brothers.

Elizabeth

  • Meaning: My God is an oath
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Liz, Betty, Alizabeth, Elisabeth, Elysabeth, Betsy, Bessy, Libby, Elyse, Elyssa, Elyza, Lilabet, Lilibet, Lizbeth
  • Famous Namesakes: Queen Elizabeth I and II, actress Elizabeth Taylor, pioneering physician Elizabeth Blackwell, poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Peak Popularity: Elizabeth has been hovering around the top 15 girl names over the last 20 years. Its highest placement was ninth position in 2008.
  • Fun Fact: Elizabeth is mentioned in the Gospel of Luke as the mother of John the Baptist and a relative of Mary (mother of Jesus). In the 1800s, Elizabeth Blackwell was a British physician who became the first woman to graduate from a medical school in the United States. She overcame myriad challenges and along with her sister, who was also a physician, successfully opened a medical college for women in New York City.

Esther

  • Meaning: Star
  • Origin: Persian
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Estée, Hester, Hettie, Ester, Ettie
  • Famous Namesakes: Swimmer Esther Williams, journalist and philanthropist Esther Dyson, actress Esther Roll
  • Peak Popularity: Esther was a common name in the late 1800s, ranking as high as 37. It dropped significantly but has newfound popularity and was at 153 in 2018.
  • Fun Fact: Queen Esther of Persia has an entire book of the Hebrew Bible named after her, and the annual feast of Purim is in memory of how she was able to prevent the slaughter of Jews in Persia.

Eunice

  • Meaning: Good victory
  • Origin: Greek
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Eunike, Eunika, Unice
  • Famous Namesakes: Philanthropist Eunice Kennedy Shriver
  • Peak Popularity: Eunice was last popular in the early 1900s when it ranked at 114. It hasn’t been in the top 1,000 since the 1980s.
  • Fun Fact: In the New Testament, Eunice was the mother of Timothy, One of Paul’s companions.

Eve

  • Meaning: Giver of life
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Eva
  • Famous Namesakes: Rapper Eve (Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper), actress Eve Arden
  • Peak Popularity: Eve only ranks in the top 500, but has been increasing a bit in popularity since 2010.
  • Fun Fact: Eve is the first woman, and therefore the first female name mentioned in the Bible.

Hagar

  • Meaning: Flight
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Hajar, Agar, Hagir
  • Famous Namesakes: Spokesperson Hagar Chemali
  • Peak Popularity: Hagar has never been in the top 1,000 names.
  • Fun Fact: Hagar was the servant of Sarah and was given to Abraham so he could have a child. Her son, Ishmael, is honored in Islam as an ancestor of Muhammad. Her search for water when abandoned by Abraham is reenacted as part of the Hajj pilgrimage. An angel caused water to spring out at what is now the Zamzam Well, next to the Kaaba in Mecca.

Jael

  • Meaning: Ibex
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Yael, Iael
  • Famous Namesakes: Model Jael Strauss, actress Yael Grobglas
  • Peak Popularity: Jael and Yael remains a rare name and has never been in the top 1,000 for girls.
  • Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, after Deborah defeats the Canaanite army, its captain takes refuge in the tent of Heber the Kenite, whose wife Jael kills the captain with a tent peg.

Jemimah

  • Meaning: Dove
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Gemima, Jamima, Jemma, Gemma, Ymmimah, Jemima
  • Famous Namesakes: Model Gemma Ward
  • Peak Popularity: Jemimah is not among the top 1,000 names, but Gemma rose to 229 in 2018 and Jemma was at 531.
  • Fun Fact: Jemimah was one of Job’s three daughters. The name is no longer used in the U.S. due to the association with Aunt Jemima, as it is considered racially offensive. The diminutives are used instead.

Joanna

  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Joann, Joan,  Jane, Jeanne, Joanne, Johanna, Jean
  • Famous Namesakes: St. Joan of Arc, comedian Joan Rivers, actress Joanne Woodward
  • Peak Popularity: Joanna reached its all-time high in the 1970s at 182. It has since dropped to the top 300.
  • Fun Fact: In the Gospel of Luke, Joanna, along with Mary Magdalene, found out that Jesus’ tomb was empty when they went to anoint the body.

Judith

  • Meaning: Woman from Judea, praised
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Jodi, Judithe, Jodie, Giulia, Judi, Judyth, Judy
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Judy Garland, astronaut Judith Resnik, author Judy Blume
  • Peak Popularity: Judith became the fourth most popular girl name in 1940. It is now barely hanging on in the top 1,000, ranking in the 800 to 1,000 spot for the past 20 years.
  • Fun Fact: Judith is the female protagonist of the Book of Judith, which is included in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Old Testament, but not in the Protestant Bible. She is a courageous widow who saved Israel by infiltrating the camp of Assyrian general Holofernes and decapitating him.

Kezia

  • Meaning: Cinnamon
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Keisha, Keshea, Keshia, Kasia, Ketziah
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam
  • Peak Popularity: Kezia has never been in the top 1,000.
  • Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Kezia was Job’s second daughter born after the end of his suffering.

Leah

  • Meaning: Weary
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Lea, Liah, Leigh, Leea, Leeah, Lee
  • Famous Namesakes: singer Lea Salonga, Actress Lea Thompson, author Leah Remini
  • Peak Popularity: Leah peaked at the 24th spot in 2009.
  • Fun Fact: Leah was Jacob’s first wife and bore him six sons who became heads of the 12 tribes of Israel.

Lois

  • Meaning: Famous warrior
  • Origin: Greek
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Loisa, Loisse, Loyce, Loise, Louise, Loys
  • Famous Namesakes: Fictional character Lois Lane
  • Peak Popularity: Lois reached its peak in 1929 when it ranked at 17. It gradually declined in popularity until it fell off the top 1,000 in the 1980s.
  • Fun Fact: Lois was the grandmother of Timothy, who evangelized with Paul in the New Testament.

Lydia

  • Meaning: Intelligent
  • Origin: Greek
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Lyda, Lidiya, Lydea, Lidia
  • Famous Namesakes: Model Lydia Hearst
  • Peak Popularity: Lydia has newfound popularity, ranking at 81 in 2015.
  • Fun Fact: In the New Testament, Lydia was a woman who was converted to Christianity by Paul.

Maria

  • Meaning: Rebellion, bitterness
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Malia (same root as Mary), Marianne, Marian, Mariah, Marea
  • Famous Namesakes: Journalist Maria Shriver, educator Maria Montessori, Queen Maria Theresa
  • Peak Popularity: Maria is a perennial favorite that topped at number 40 in 2002 and since has dropped out of the top 100.
  • Fun Fact: Maria is the usual form of the name Mary, and is used in most European languages.

Mary

  • Meaning: Rebellion, bitterness
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Mia, Mara, Marea, Mariah, Miryam, Miriam, Mariam, Maria, Marie, Maree, Mari, Merri, Merrie, Marah, Merry, Maryam
  • Famous Namesakes: actress Mary Tyler Moore, author Mary Shelley, Queen Mary, gymnast Mary Lou Retton
  • Peak Popularity: Mary was the most common name in 1922, but has dropped to number 126.
  • Fun Fact: Mary is an English form of Maria. In the New Testament, it is the name of the mother of Jesus, follower Mary Magdalene, and Mary of Bethany who hosted Jesus in her home.

Mia

  • Meaning: Bitterness, rebellion
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Mia is from the same root as Mariah and Mary.
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Mia Farrow
  • Peak Popularity: Mia has skyrocketed from nowhere in the 1960s to be the sixth most popular name in 2017.
  • Fun Fact: Mia is the diminutive for Maria in Dutch, German, and Scandinavian languages.

Miriam

  • Meaning: Bitterness, rebellion
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spelling: Miryam, Maryam, Myriam (same root as Mary and Maria)
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Miriam McDonald, singer Miriam Makeba
  • Peak Popularity: From the same root as Mary, Miriam climbed as high as 150 in the 1910s. For the past 80 years, it has been hovering around 300.
  • Fun Fact: Miriam was the sister of Aaron and Moses and was a prophetess and teacher.

Martha

  • Meaning: The lady
  • Origin: Aramaic
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Marta
  • Famous Namesakes: First Lady Martha Washington, TV personality Martha Stewart
  • Peak Popularity: Martha peaked in the 1880s at number 18. In recent decades it has settled in around number 750.
  • Fun Fact: Martha and her sister, Mary, hosted Jesus at their home in Bethany. While her sister sat and was taught by Jesus, Martha kept busy cleaning and cooking. She has since been associated with the helping professions.

Michal

  • Meaning: Brook
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Mychal
  • Famous Namesakes: Fashion designer Michal Negrin
  • Peak Popularity: Michal is a popular name in modern-day Israel but is a rare name in the United States and has never been in the top 1,000 girl baby names.
  • Fun Fact: Pronounced mee CHAL, Michal is the name of Saul’s daughter given in marriage to David. She saved him when Saul tried to have him killed.

Naomi

  • Meaning: Pleasant
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spelling: Noemi, Noemie
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Naomi Judd, actress Naomi Watts, model Naomi Campbell
  • Peak Popularity: Naomi has been rising in popularity, breaking into the top 100 in 2010 and securing the 64th spot in 2018.
  • Fun Fact: Naomi appears as the mother-in-law of Ruth, King David’s great-grandmother. The devotion of Ruth to Naomi is exemplary. When Ruth’s husband and sons died, Naomi changed her name to Mara (bitter).

Noa

  • Meaning: Movement
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Noa Lindberg,  Noa James
  • Peak Popularity: Noa is a new entry in the top 1,000 list of girl names, debuting at 655 in 2014.
  • Fun Fact: Noa appears in the old testament as one of the five daughters of Zelophehad who successfully fought for a share of their father’s holdings, even though that was not customary. Moses ruled that they could do so if they married someone from their tribe, which is also against tradition.

Orpah

  • Meaning: Dust; a fawn; lead
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Oprah, Orpha, Ophrah
  • Famous Namesakes: TV host Oprah Winfrey
  • Peak Popularity: Orpah topped out in the 1880s at 304. None of its variants have ranked in the top 1,000 since 1940.
  • Fun Fact: Orpah appeared in the Book of Ruth as a daughter-in-law of Naomi. Oprah is considered to be a misspelled variant.

Phoebe

  • Meaning: Shining
  • Origin: Greek
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Phebe, Febe
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Phoebe Cates
  • Peak Popularity: Phoebe peaked at 286 in 2015, having risen steadily in popularity since the 1980s.
  • Fun Fact: Phoebe was mentioned in the Romans by Paul as a deaconess in the early Christian church.

Priscilla

  • Meaning: Ancient
  • Origin: Latin
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Prisca, Priska, Scilla, Cissy, Cecd, Priscille
  • Famous Namesakes: author and speaker Priscilla Shirer, actress Priscilla Presley
  • Peak Popularity: Priscilla has always been in the top 1,000 names, but reached its peak at 212 in the 1930s. It has hovered around 500 in recent years.
  • Fun Fact: Priscilla was one of the female leaders of the early Christian church in the New Testament.

Rachel

  • Meaning: Ewe
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Rahel, Rae, Rachelle, Racheal, Rachael, Rachele
  • Famous Namesakes: Author Rachel Carson, political commentator Rachel Maddow, actress Rachel Weisz
  • Peak Popularity: Rachel was a very common name in the 1980s and 1990s when it was always in the top 20. But it has been falling since the turn of the century and was at 198 in 2018.
  • Fun Fact: In Genesis, Rachel was Jacob’s favorite wife and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin.

Rebecca

  • Meaning: To join or tie
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Rebekah, Rebekka, Becky, Reba, Rebeccah, Rebeckah, Becca
  • Famous Namesakes: Pioneering African-American physician Rebecca Lee Crumpler, actress Rebecca Romijn, writer Rebecca Walker
  • Peak Popularity: Rebecca was a very popular name in the 1970s and 1980s, peaking at 13. But it has been swiftly falling and was at 214 in 2018.
  • Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Rebecca was the wife of Isaac and the mother to Esau and Jacob.

Rhoda

  • Meaning: Rose
  • Origin: Greek
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Rhode
  • Famous Namesakes: Fictional character Rhoda Morgenstern
  • Peak Popularity: Rhoda was last popular in the late 1800s when it featured in the top 200 names. It hasn’t been in the top 1,000 since the 1970s.
  • Fun Fact: In the New Testament, a hilarious story is told about a servant girl named Rhoda who was living in the house of Mary of Jerusalem, the mother of John Mark (the evangelist). When Peter is miraculously released from prison, he goes to that house and knocks on the door. Full of excitement from hearing his voice at the door, Rhoda runs to inform her mistress of Peter’s presence while forgetting to open the door for him.

Ruth

  • Meaning: Friend
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spelling: Ruta, Rut
  • Famous Namesakes: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, TV personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer, chef and food writer Ruth Reichl
  • Peak Popularity: Ruth was in the top 10 names in the early 1900s. In the 2000s it has been hovering around 300.
  • Fun Fact: Ruth is an ancestor of King David and the heroine of the Book of Ruth. She is loyal to her mother-in-law after the death of her husband.

Salome

  • Meaning: Peace
  • Origin: Aramaic
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Salomee, Salomea
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Salome Jens
  • Peak Popularity: Salome is rarely used as a name, last being in the top 1,000 in the early 1900s.
  • Fun Fact: Salome appears twice in the New Testament. One was the step-daughter of King Herod who requested for the head of John the Baptist. The other is the wife of Zebedee and mother of apostles James and John. She was one of the three women who discovered that Jesus had risen when they went to anoint his body.

Sarah

  • Meaning: Princess
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Zaria, Kala, Sarita, Sallie, Sally, Sadie, Sarai, Sara
  • Famous Namesakes: English royal Sarah Ferguson, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, comedian Sarah Silverman, political influencer Duchess of Marlborough Sarah Churchill
  • Peak Popularity: Sarah has been continuously in the top 100 names. It peaked in the fifth position in 2000. It dropped below 50 in 2017.
  • Fun Fact: In Genesis, Sarah was Abraham’s wife and the mother of Isaac. She laughed when God promised they would have children as she was childless and way past menopause. The Bible says she didn’t conceive until she was 90 years old.

Selah

  • Meaning: A musical term
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sela
  • Famous Namesakes: Musician Selah Sue
  • Peak Popularity: Selah first appeared is rising in the top 1,000 2005. Since then it has been rising rapidly and was at 440 in 2018.
  • Fun Fact: Selah was not used as a name in the Bible, but it appears dozens of times as a musical notation in Psalms.

Shiloh

  • Meaning: Peaceful
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Shilo
  • Famous Namesakes: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (child of actress Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt)
  • Peak Popularity: Shiloh earned a spot in the top 1000 names when it was used as a celebrity child’s name in 2006. In 2018, it had a high point of 562 for girls and 709 for boys.
  • Fun Fact: In the Bible, Shiloh was the name of a place and might refer to the Messiah. In the U.S. it was the site of a critical battle of the Civil War.

Susanna

  • Meaning: Lily
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Susanne, Susannah, Zanna, Zuzana, Susan, Sue, Suzanne, Suzanna, Sukie, Suzie, Sanna, Susann
  • Famous Namesakes: Activist Susan B. Anthony, actress Suzanne Pleshette, author Sue Grafton
  • Peak Popularity: Susanna peaked at 650 in the 1970s and fell off the top 1,000 soon after. But the variant Susan became the third most popular in the 1960s. In the 2000s, it dropped out of the top 500 and fell out of the top 1,000 as well in 2018.
  • Fun Fact: In the Book of Daniel, Susanna is wrongly accused of adult3ry by two men who wanted to blackmail her into having s*x with them. Before she can be put to death, the prophet Daniel comes to her defense and turns the tables on the accusers.

Tamar

  • Meaning: Palm tree
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spelling: Tamara, Thamar, Tamra, Tammie, Tammy, Tamera, Tammi
  • Famous Namesakes: Journalist Tamara Keith, singer Tammy Wynette
  • Peak Popularity: Tamara reached its all-time high in the 1970s at number 90. It fell out of the top 1,000 in 2010.
  • Fun Fact: Tamar is mentioned in the Old Testament as the daughter-in-law of Judah and an ancestor of Jesus. She had to devise a plan to have a child after the death of her first husband, or the line of Judah would have ended there.

Tabitha

  • Meaning: Gazelle
  • Origin: Aramaic
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Tabby, Tabatha, Tibby
  • Famous Namesakes: Photographer and reporter Tabitha Soren, inventor Tabitha Babbitt, author Tabitha King
  • Peak Popularity: Tabitha was a common name in the U.S. in the early 1700s, ranking in number 31. Dropping to 151 in the 1980s, it continuously declined in popularity and fell out of the top 1,000 in 2017.
  • Fun Fact: In Acts, Peter brings a woman named Tabitha to life. Her name is Dorcas in Greek. The name had resurgence due to being used as a character name in the television series “Bewitched.”

Talitha

  • Meaning: Little girl
  • Origin: Aramaic
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Thalita, Talita
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Talitha Bateman
  • Peak Popularity: Talitha has never been in the top 1,000 names.
  • Fun Fact: Jesus raises a child from the dead in the New Testament who he calls Talitha.

Vashti

  • Meaning: Unknown
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Astin
  • Famous Namesakes: Track and field athlete Vashti Cunningham
  • Peak Popularity: Vashti has never been in the top 1,000 names.
  • Fun Fact: Vashti was mentioned in the book of Esther as the queen of Persia. Esther replaced her as the wife of King Ahasuerus. She is a figure in the Purim story. Her name is Astin in Greek.

Zillah

  • Meaning: Shade
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Zilla
  • Peak Popularity: Zillah has never been in the top 1,000 names.
  • Fun Fact: In Genesis, Zillah was one of the two wives in the first listed polygamist relationship.

Zilpah

  • Meaning: Frailty
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Variations & Spellings: Zilpa
  • Peak Popularity: Zilpah has never been in the top 1,000 names.
  • Fun Fact: Zilpah was a slave in the household of Jacob, who bore him two sons (Gad and Asher). She is believed to be buried in the Tomb of the Matriarchs in Tiberias.

Zipporah

  • Meaning: Bird
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tzipora, Seffora, Sephora, Sepphora
  • Peak Popularity: Zipporah has never been in the top 1,000 names.
  • Fun Fact: Zipporah was the daughter of Jethro and wife of Moses.
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