Names play a variety of roles in the Bible. They sometimes relate to the nominee's role in a biblical narrative, as in the case of Nabal, a foolish man whose name means "fool".[1] Names in the Bible can represent human hopes, divine revelations, or are used to illustrate prophecies.[2][clarification needed]

Most popular names

During the period 330 BC – 200 AD, the most common male names in Judea or post Kingdom of Israel were:[3]

During this period, the most common female names were:[3]


See also


  1. ^ See 1 Samuel 25:25
  2. ^ Lockyer, pp. 11-14
  3. ^ a b Bauckham, Richard (2017). "Palestinian Jewish Names". Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony (2nd ed.). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. pp. 67–92. ISBN 978-0-8028-7431-3.

Further reading