My favorite Biblical Girls Names

Hello everyone! Last week I shared with you some of my favorite biblical boys names so this week I wanted to share with you some of my favorite biblical girls names. Like the boys names, I like many popular biblical names for girls, as well as may that are not at all well used. For a few of these names, I chose a Spanish version of a name or a different spelling because I preferred them. I hope you enjoy!

Here we go in alphabetical order:




Abigail
1 Samuel 25
Hebrew
"my father's joy"
Ranked #8 in 2014

Abigail is an amazing biblical namesake and the name has a beautiful meaning! I can see why it's so popular! One thing that I don't like so much about Abigail is there are only a few nicknames. Abby is by far the most popular one and it's cute but when the name is already popular and there aren't more nickname options to help differientiate between all the little Abigails, it makes things hard. I can't really see Gail on a little girl these days (at least not my little girl). Abba might be another option but it's still close to Abby. Other than the lack of nickname options, Abigail is one of my all-time favorite names.

Ahinoam
2 Samuel 3:2
Hebrew
"pleasant"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Ahinoam is a has a great meaning and a fun sound! Noa or Hinny would be cute nicknames!

Damaris
Acts 17:34
Greek
"gentle"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Damaris is rare in the US but is popular in other places. It's meaning is disputed but it's sound is amazing! Mari is a cute nickname!


Elizabeth
Luke 2:5
Hebrew
"devoted to God"
Ranked #14 in 2014

Elizabeth is an elegant classic for a reason. She is definitely a woman to look up to! One of my favorite things about Elizabeth is the abundance of nickname possibilities. My favorites at the moment are Libby, Betsy, and Zibby. Unlike with Abigail, you could have six little girls named Elizabeth in the same class and they could all go by something different (Ellie, Zibby, Betsy, Libby, Lizzie, and Eliza, for instance.)


Eve
Genesis 3:20
Hebrew
"life"
Ranked #460 in 2014

Eve is a short but sweet name that is at a favorable place in popularity. I love the meaning and the nickname Evie. Another cool thing about Eve is that it's a palindrome.


Galilea
Luke 1:26
Hebrew
"revolving"
Ranked #771 in 2014

Galilea is the Spanish version of the biblical place name Galilee.  Galilea's sound is so lovely and lyrical! I was kind of surprised to see it on the top 1000 list!  Gally, Lily, Lea, and Lil are all very cute nicknames.


Hadassah
Esther 2:7
Hebrew
"myrtle tree"
Ranked #701 in 2014

Hadassah is Esther's Hebrew name and it has a lot of potential. Haddie and Dassie are cool nicknames!

Jochebed
Numbers 26:59
Hebrew
"the glory of the Lord"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Jochebed has an interesting sound and a great meaning. She is one of the mothers in the Bible that I admire the most. The nickname Jo makes this name really appealing!

Johannah
Luke 8:3
Hebrew
"the grace of the Lord"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Johannah is another version/spelling of the biblical name Joanna. The meaning and sound of Johannah are wonderful. Again, I love the nickname Jo.


Lydia
Acts 16:14
Hebrew
"from the almond tree"
Ranked #84 in 2014

I searched long and hard to find a meaning for Lydia beyond "from Lydia" and I found one at abarim-publications.com. Lydia is really getting popular! I love the nickname Lyddie/Liddy.


Magdalena
Luke 8:2
Greek
"elegant" or "tower"
Ranked #976 in 2014

Magdalena is another Spanish version of an English biblical place name, Magdalene. I love the meaning and nickname possibilities, especially Meg. The biblical story of Mary Magdalene is one that begins in sadness but ultimately it is one of redemption.



Merab
1 Samuel 18:19
Hebrew
"abundant"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Merab is a fun-sounding name with a great meaning. I like the cool b ending for a girls name. Merab does has have a bit of a sad story in the Bible.

Miriam
Exodus 15:20
Hebrew
"bitterness"
Ranked #305 in 2014

Miriam is a lovely name and a great biblical namesake. Miriam was a strong woman, though she struggled at times. I used to not care for the meaning but what I read from abarim-publications.com was very insightful! I really like the nicknames Miri, Mira, and Mim.

Moriah
Genesis 22:2
Hebrew
"the Lord provides"
Ranked #977 in 2014

Moriah is a beautiful biblical place name with an amazing meaning. The Mariah spelling is way more popular at #136. I prefer the Moriah spelling found in the Bible. 

Naomi
Ruth 1:2
Hebrew
"pleasant"
Ranked #80 in 2014

Naomi is a charming Old Testament name that's pretty popular these days! I love the sound and meaning!


Noa
Numbers 27:1
Hebrews
"movement"
Ranked #941 in 2014

Yes, Noa is a legitamate girls name from the Bible! Most English translations have the name with the h at the end but in the Hebrew, it is different than the boys name Noah (I double checked in my interlinear), so I think Noa is acceptable to differientiate it. Noa is also the spelling that's popular for girls in places like Israel and Spain. I think it might be difficult for a girl to have what it is currently the top name for boys but Noa's doesn't sound overly masculine (For the record, I don't think it sounds overly feminine, either. I think it can work for both.)

Olivet
Luke 21:37 (ESV)
Latin
"olive tree"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

I adore Olivet! It's an underused biblical place name of great significance. Olivet has a familiar sound as Olivia and Oliver are both very popular right now. I think Olivet would fit in well. Ollie and Vette are really cute nicknames.

Priscilla
Romans 16:3
Latin
"ancient"
Ranked #484 in 2014

Priscilla is a sweet, classy biblical name. Priscilla is a wonderful woman in the New Testament. I admire her and her husband Aquila so much. They were workers for the gospel, sometimes alongside Paul and Something I love about them is that they're always mentioned together. Prissy could be considered a drawback to this name but Cilla is a really cute alternative. 

Rhoda
Acts 12:23
Greek
"rose"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Rhoda is a lovely New Testament name that I would probably put on my list if I didn't hate the way it sounded with my last name. I also like Rhodes for a boy but it's not mentioned in the Bible. 

Ruth
Ruth 1:16
Hebrew
"friend"
Ranked #315 in 2014

Ruth is a beautiful Old Testament name. It's one of only two books of the Bible that are named for women and Ruth is certainly a worthy woman. It's a family name for us and I love the nicknames Ruthie and Rue but the th at the end totally clashes with the th at the beginning of our last name.

Selah
Psalm 3:3
Hebrew
"pause and reflect"
Ranked #545 in 2014

Selah is a lovely musical term found in the Bible, mostly in the book of Psalms. I didn't used to care for this name but it's really grown on me lately.

Susannah
Luke 8:3
Hebrew
"lily"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Susannah is a gorgeous old-fashioned name that is tragically underused. Susanna is usually the spelling found in the Bible but I prefer it with the h at the end. Susie is the obvious nickname but I'm not sure it's my style. Sanna/Zanna would be another option and I've also toyed with the idea of Sadie as a nickname for Susannah even though it is typically a nickname for Sarah.

Tabitha
Acts 9:36
Aramaic
"gazelle"
Ranked #919 in 2014

Tabitha is a name that just carries a lot of depth for me when I hear it. Tabitha in the Bible is an amazing woman. Tabby is cute but maybe too kitty cat for some. Tab is another nickname option as well as Bit or Bitty.

Tirzah
Numbers 26:33
Hebrew
"delight"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Tirzah is a wonderful name with a joyful meaning. I'd love to see it used more!

Zipporah
Exodus 2:21
Hebrew
"bird"
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Zipporah is such a gorgeous Old Testament name! Zipporah was the wife of Moses, who didn't appear to much in the story for as important as Moses was. I think Zippy is a really adorable nickname but some don't like it (and I wouldn't use it with our last name). Z and Zia are cool options as well.



Well, those are 25 of my favorite biblical girls names! I hope you enjoyed hearing about them! If you did, be sure and check out these other articles about biblical names:























Thanks so much for reading! God bless you!


What are some of your favorite girls names from the Bible? Let me know in the comments!







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9 comments

  1. Love these. My daughter is getting married this year and is already planning out baby names with her husband-to-be. :)

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    1. I started running potential baby names by my husband before we got married, too!

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  2. These are pretty names. My nephew just named his daughter Zipporah. My first two kids have biblical names (Daniel Joshua and Judith Miriam) but not the third one (Erica Lynn).

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    1. Great names! My top boys list is mostly biblical with just a few exceptions. My top girls list is about half biblical and half just names with meanings that I love.

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  3. These are beautiful names. I love Naomi and Elizabeth. There are a few here that I hadn't heard/considered before.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
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    1. Naomi and Elizabeth are gorgeous!

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  4. Another great list! Thank you for sharing at Waiting on...Wednesday!

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  5. Loving all your baby names, makes me want one to pick a name for a third baby that I am not even having yet. lol hahaha Love baby names. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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