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The table below contains the most popular Hebrew names that have been given to baby boys in the United States during the last hundred years (1905 through 2004).  Many of these names are found in the Old Testament.  The rank and count values are based on U.S. Social Security Administration counts for the one thousand most popular names given to baby boys in each of these years.  This list and other similar tables on this site can help you research the history and find the meaning of many popular ethnic names for your baby boy.
Hebrew Boy Name Meanings and Popularity
Name Derivation or Meaning Rank Usage
John means Yahweh is gracious. 1 4,742,610
Michael means who is like God? 2 4,105,172
David means beloved. 3 3,404,613
Joseph means he shall add. 4 2,345,363
Daniel means God has judged. 5 1,681,887
Matthew means gift from Yahweh. 6 1,385,880
Joshua means Yahweh saves. 7 1,004,834
Jonathan means Yahweh has given. 8 696,560
Jacob means supplanter. 9 651,589
Samuel means name of God. 10 572,801
Benjamin means son of the right hand. 11 547,543
Adam means Man. 12 472,664
Aaron means exalted. 13 471,776
Jeremy means Yahweh exalts. 14 396,967
Nathan means gift or given. 15 396,066
Jesse means God exists. 16 360,744
Jordan is derived from the name of the river Jordan. 17 266,431
Joel means Yahweh is God. 18 224,450
Nathaniel means gift of God. 19 196,221
Gabriel means man of God. 20 183,470
Ethan means strength. 21 182,881
Jared means descent. 22 177,138
Noah means rest. 23 147,563
Caleb means dog. 24 146,656
Isaac means he laughs. 25 142,794
Seth means to appoint. 26 127,653
Elijah means my God is Yahweh. 27 106,737
Jeremiah means Yahweh exalts. 28 100,662
Dan means judge. 29 100,004
Ruben means see - a son. 30 95,775
Isaiah means Yahweh is salvation. 31 94,280
Omar means speaker. 32 64,863
Levi means attached. 33 59,407
Rafael means God has healed. 34 59,221
Abraham means father of a multitude. 35 57,947
Ira means watchful. 36 44,899
Micah means who is like Yahweh? 37 43,872
Emmanuel means God with us. 38 38,331
Simon means hearing. 39 37,756
Israel means contender with God. 40 37,276
Eli means high. 41 36,802
Emanuel means God with us. 42 33,263
Moses means son or deliver. 43 28,930
Josiah means Yahweh supports. 44 28,285
Saul means asked for. 45 28,253
Abel means breath. 46 26,902
Amos means strong. 47 25,813
Jonah means dove. 48 25,501
Reuben means see - a son. 49 24,734
Solomon means peaceful. 50 21,744
Isiah is a variation of Isaiah. 51 16,796
Ezra means help. 52 13,934
Nathanael means God has given. 53 12,274
Malachi means my messenger. 54 11,566
Ezekiel means God strengthens. 55 11,372
Javon is a variation of Javan. 56 10,188
Hiram means noble. 57 9,164
Alva is a variation of Alvah. 58 8,544
Herschel means deer. 59 8,203
Hershel means deer. 60 8,014
Uriel means God is my light. 61 6,698
Zion is derived from the name of a citadel in Jerusalem. 62 5,865
Josef means he shall add. 63 5,603
Asher means happy or blessed. 64 4,416
Zechariah means Yahweh remembers. 65 3,980
Oren means ash tree. 66 3,929
Jadon means thankful. 67 3,373
Amari is an alternate form of Amariah. 68 2,931
Yahir means haughty. 69 2,537
Orin is a variation of Oren. 70 2,477
Orrin is a variation of Oren. 71 2,308
Ishmael means God will hear. 72 725
Alvah means moral perverseness. 73 224
Actual usage of Hebrew names shown on this page may be slightly higher than the indicated usage values.  Of course some of these names are widely used for boys in Israel as well!  See the Social Security card applications information for qualifiers about this data.


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