Some common biblical names for boys are Jacob, Benjamin and Andrew. Daniel, Luke, Elijah and James are also popular. Some popular Biblical names for girls are Hannah, Leah, Sarah and Elizabeth.
The significance of the baby's namesake is important to parents choosing a name. The popular name Jacob reflects a prominent Old Testament figure, the patriarch of the 12 tribes of Israel. Michael, a Biblical name that has been common for many years, honors the New Testament archangel leader of God's army. King David of the Old Testament is the inspiration for one of the most common present-day male Biblical names.
Biblical boys' names have consistently been popular with new parents and have become even more popular in the 21st century. However the prevalence of Biblical baby names is subject to trends. Traditional New Testament names such as Mary, John and Matthew decline in popularity while Old Testament names such as Noah, Ethan and Sarah rise. In the 1960s, the list of the 20 most popular names given to baby boys included fewer Biblical names than today. The 2012 list of most popular baby names includes no Biblical girls' names, according to BabyCenter.com.
Other common feminine names from the Bible are Ruth, Naomi, Abigail and Deborah. Some other popular male Biblical names are Isaac, Aaron, Adam and Eli.