"Helped by the Lord"
Ranked #838 for boys in 2014
Azariah was popular back in biblical days but it fell out of favor for quite a while. It's gaining popularity again, though, and is in the bottom half of the top 1000. In the Bible, Azariah is a man's name but these days, people are using it for boys and girls. Personally, I only like it for boys and the pronunciation I like is azz-ahr-EYE-yuh. There are several Azariahs in the Bible but the one that's most notable to me is one of Daniel's three friends in the book of Daniel who are better known by their Babylonian names: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. I think they deserve to be known by their Hebrew names. Their Babylonian names refer to pagan gods but their Hebrew names honor the God of Heaven that they risked their lives to follow. (I talk more about that in my post about the name Hananiah.) Azariah certainly was helped by the Lord, like his name means, in the fiery furnace. I think he makes a great namesake for a modern boy.
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