Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Biblical baby names

Every time you place your hands on that baby bump, you are engulfed in excitement and anxiety for that little love that is going to maroon you in happiness. So what have you chosen; a biblical name? Have you ever wondered what the history behind these names is?

Hitchcock's Bible names dictionary

As much as they are old and traditional, Biblical baby names are interesting and contemporary too.

The 19th century Hitchcock's Bible names dictionary has been the oldest known compilation of Biblical baby names.  This compilation was a result of a complete analysis of the holy Bible to bring out more than 2500 names and their meanings. This dictionary was compiled and written by Roswell Dwight Hitchcock, a church historian and minister.

Several other name encyclopedias as well as compilations have cropped up ever since.

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament have been the source of Biblical baby names for centuries now.

Many Biblical names take their root in Hebrew names and words. But some Hebrew names have gone out of use and these are no longer used to name babies. Examples of Hebrew names are Aatami, Acke etc., Italians till date still choose Hebrew names from the Bible to name their babies. They consider it a symbol of tradition and a good omen.

The importance of these names

Biblical names are related to Bible in different ways. They could also be directly lifted from the Bible as proper names. Names like Mary, Abraham and Gabriel are names found as such in the Bible.

But the names are not confined to just people. Natural phenomenon like thunder, storm and rains could be interesting names for your baby. A divine purpose, names of angels and saviors as well as prophets could be names for your baby. Praise, Lord’s glory, rebellion and victory over war would inspire people to christen their babies accordingly.

Jewish customs in christening babies

The Jewish custom had the practice of keeping family names. Some names of Jews indicated family line or a particular circumstance running through the family. Another aspect very important in Israel is the use of human traits and characteristics to name their babies.

How to choose your baby name?

Before you decide on your baby's name, make sure to consider the following.

  • Make a list of all the family members’ names. Because you wouldn't want to repeat any name.
  • It may also be helpful to know your ancestors name, because christening your ancestors name could invoke their blessings.
  • Think of names you liked earlier. Even before you both had conceived a child. Because in the heat of the moment, choosing a name could be difficult. But names you liked earlier could sound good all the time.
  • Go by what you love hearing and search for their meanings as well.
  • If you have any particular alphabet in mind, choosing can be downsized to those.

Once you have chosen, let the choice stay. Make sure that years down the line, you continue to  like the name as much as you did before actually christening the baby. All the best!