Beulah

Beulah means "married" and is mentioned in the Old Testament, in the Book of Isaiah, metaphorically referring to the land of Judea, that it will be blessed and favored by God. It comes from Hebrew via Proto-Semitic *ba'al (master, owner).  Although Beulah has been used overwhelmingly as a female given name, I've seen some use for it as a male …

Midian

Midian is the name of a place in the Bible and the Quran, named after Midian, the son of Abraham and Keturah. The name means "strife" from Hebrew madon מדון (strife) via root word din מדון (to judge; law). Midian also seems to be a Hebrew surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Semitic VAriants: Midyan (Hebrew) Madyan (Arabic) Madiám (Greek) Madian (Italian, …

Aleph

Aleph is the first letter of the Semitic abjad (which includes Phoenician, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic) which comes from Phoenician aleph meaning “ox, oxen”, perhaps because the hieroglyph resembled that of an ox’s head. It may have been derived from Proto-Sinaitic based on an Egyptian hieroglyphic. Aleph has an important symbolism in Hebrew, expressing a oneness and unity …

Keziah

Keziah comes form a Hebrew name meaning "cinnamon", from Hebrew qetzi'ah (cassia, cinnamon) via root word qatsa (to cut off, strip off bark). In the Bible, Keziah and her sisters, Jemima and Keren-Happuch, all received an inheritance from their father Job which was a very unusual circumstance in those days. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Kezia (English) Ketzi'ah (Hebrew)  

Hepzibah

Hepzibah is a variant of Hephzibah, a Hebrew female name meaning "my delight is in her". In the Old Testament, Hephzibah is the wife of King Hezekiah of Judah and the mother of Manasseh. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Hephzibah (Hebrew, English)  

Zona

Zona is an English female name meaning "girdle, belt". The name comes from Latin zona (belt, girdle; zone) via Greek zōnē (belt, sash, girdle), referring to a type of belt worn by women in Ancient Rome. Zona is also a word in several languages (Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Serbian, Croatian, Georgian, Italian) meaning "zone"; in Hebrew it means "prostitute". Origin: …

Shemar

Shemar is an African-American male name, a variant of Shamar which has a few possible origins: the first is that it originated as a variant of Lamar, which comes from a French surname meaning "the pool"; it may also be a variant of Jamar, itself a blended form of Jamal (an Arabic name meaning "handsome, beauty") and Lamar;  it may …

Tobiah

Tobiah comes from a Hebrew name meaning "Yahweh is good" made up of tov (good) and yah (the name of the Hebrew god). Nicknames: Toby Origin: Proto-Semitic, Hebrew Variants: Tobias (English, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Biblical Greek) Toviyyah (Biblical Hebrew) Tovia (Hebrew) Tuvya (Hebrew) Tobia (Italian) Tobiáš (Czech) Topias (Finnish) Tobiasz (Polish) Tevye (Yiddish)   Female forms: …

Leviticus

Leviticus is the name of the third book of the Torah and in the Old Testament. It comes from Latin Liber Leviticus meaning "book of the Levites", so Leviticus means "of the Levites" (the Levites being a priestly class), referring to those who belonged to the tribe of Levi, its founder and the third son of Leah and Jacob. Levi could possibly mean …

Moses

Moses is the name of a major figure in the Bible who led the enslaved Israelites out of Egypt; he is also an important figure in Christianity and Islam. When he was a baby the Pharaoh ordered that all male Hebrew babies be killed; his mother placed him in a basket and hid in the reeds …

Jair

Jair (pr. ja-yir or ya-ir; Forvo) comes from a Hebrew name meaning "he shines" or "he will light up". Origin: Hebrew Variants: Yair (Hebrew, Spanish) Jaír (Biblical Spanish) Iair (Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek) Iairus (Biblical Latin) Iairos (Biblical Greek) Jairus (Biblical) Jairo (Spanish) Jahir (Spanish) Jaïr (French, Dutch)  

Israel

Israel comes from Hebrew Yisra'el meaning "God contends", composed of Hebrew sarar (to contend, to fight) and el (God).  This was a name later given to Jacob, the son of Isaac and Rebekah and the twin brother of Esau, because he wrestled with an angel. It's also the name of the modern state of Israel. Israel is also a Jewish surname originating …