As of 2015, some of the most common biblical names for boys in the United States are Jacob, Noah, Michael, Ethan, Matthew, Daniel, James, Elijah, Benjamin, Joshua, David and Andrew, as reported by Huffington Post. Three names come from the New Testament and eight of these names can be found in the Old Testament. The name Michael appears in both.
Jacob was the most popular name for boys in the United States from 1998-2013, when Noah became the most popular. Jacob is the name of a biblical patriarch, whose 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel. He was the twin of Esau and husband of Leah and Rachel.
Michael has been a top 10 name for boys for more than 70 years, as of 2015. The name was the number one name in the U.S. for many years. Michael is one of the archangels mentioned in the Christian, Jewish and Islamic religions. He appears in the Old Testament in the Book of Daniel and in the New Testament as a leader of God's armies.
One of the names that became common more recently than the others is Elijah. The name rose from rank 689 in the 1960s to rank 13 in 2013. the name can be found in the Book of Kings.