Name Crush Monday: Hananiah

Hello everybody! I decided to do a new weekly feature called "Name Crush Monday". In Name Crush Monday, I'm going to tell you just a little bit about a name that I've really been loving or "crushing" on lately. I hope you enjoy this series!

Let's get started!

"grace of the Lord"

Hananiah is the name of a key figure in a very famous account from the Bible. but you probably know him as Shadrach. He and his two friends Mishael and Azariah (also known as Meshach and Abednego) stood up boldly for their faith in the one true God when King Nebuchadnezzar demanded that they bow doen to an idol he had made. When they refused to comply, the king attempted to have them killed in a fiery furnace but they were miraculously unharmed by the fire. You can read the whole story in Daniel 3 and I encourage you to because it is a fascinating story and one of great courage and faith. In the article I wrote about My Favorite Biblical Boys Names, I discussed why I think it's important that we know the Hebrew names of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah honor the God that these men courageously served whereas Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refer to gods that they refused to serve. 

As you can see Hananiah is a name that  I am passionate about. I've always liked it but I didn't think it was usable up until recently. I thought that Hananiah was too close to the popular girls name Hannah and it didn't have any usable nicknames. As I was considering the name and story of Hananiah recently, it occured to me that Hank would make a great nickname for Hananiah (and it makes more sense as a nickname  for Hananiah than for Henry). Hank is a spunky retro hipster nickname and a great way to make this fantastic name more accessible in today's world.

So Hananiah is my current name crush! Could I see myself using it? I think so, if I have enough children. I hope you enjoyed these thoughts on the amazing uncommon name Hananiah. Thanks for reading and God bless!

What names are you loving lately? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Some neat facts here and you've done your research. My granddaughter is Hannah and when I first saw this on Tuesday Talk - I thought, girl's name. Glad you straightened that up for me. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Talk.


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