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What are some common origins of a person's first name?

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Many common first names originate from Hebrew tradition due to the popularity and influence of Judeo-Christian religions. Other common first names have Greek, English and Germanic origins.

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Behind the Name lists the most popular baby names in the United States. Several of the top names for 2014, such as Noah, Abigail and Jacob, have Hebrew origins and come from the Jewish Bible, or Old Testament in Christianity. These names typically derive from biblical figures and often have religious meanings. For example, the popular Hebrew name Michael translates to "Who is like God?" Names of English origin top the list as well, including Mason, Emma and Olivia.

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