Biblical Names Still Popular Today

Can you guess the names of Bible characters that are still in the top 150 most common baby names in the United States?
For the year 2020
Sources: 1, 2
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Last updated: May 11, 2021
First submittedNovember 16, 2016
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Clue
 
Name
2
Ark builder
N
Noah
7
Prophet who raised the dead
E
Elijah
12
Brother of Jesus
J
James
13
Youngest son of Israel
B
Benjamin
18
Metalworker
A
Alexander
14
An archangel
M
Michael
22
Cymbal player
E
Ethan
24
Spent a night in the lion's den
D
Daniel
25
Patriarch of the 12 tribes of Israel
J
Jacob
26
Patriarch whose tribe became priests
L
Levi
35
Last of the judges, first of the major prophets
S
Samuel
37
Had a coat of many colors
J
Joseph
39
Ate locusts and honey
J
John
40
King, giant-slayer, lyre player
D
David
43
Gospel author
M
Matthew
45
Wife of Nabal. Married the giant slayer after God struck Nabal dead.
A
Abigail
47
Gospel author
L
Luke
48
Founder of one of the 12 tribes
A
Asher
54
Mother of the locusts and honey eater
E
Elizabeth
57
Led Israelites back to Jerusalem from Babylon
E
Ezra
58
Another archangel
G
Gabriel
59
Son of Abraham who God demanded as a sacrifice (before recanting)
I
Isaac
67
Doubted Jesus's wounds
T
Thomas
78
King of Judah after Amon
J
Josiah
79
Predicted the coming of Jesus
I
Isaiah
80
First disciple of Jesus
A
Andrew
82
Made the walls of Jericho tumble
J
Joshua
85
Prophet who helped Solomon become king
N
Nathan
90
Lone survivor in the wilderness
C
Caleb
97
High Priest of Shiloh, punished for his son's bad behavior
E
Eli
105
Moses's brother and spokesman
A
Aaron
106
Bible book author who prophesized the destruction of Jerusalem
E
Ezekiel
109
Barren woman who prayed for a son and got one
H
Hannah
114
Son of Saul; Friend of the giant-slayer
J
Jonathan
123
Prophet who predicted doom and gloom
J
Jeremiah
124
Wife of the patriarch of the 12 tribes
L
Leah
145
Ruth's mother in law
N
Naomi
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Level 83
Nov 16, 2016
How about Gabriel at #22 and Elizabeth at #13.
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Level 74
Nov 16, 2016
I was very surprised not to see either of those on here.
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Level ∞
Nov 17, 2016
Don't know how I missed those. Fixed!
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Level 81
Nov 16, 2016
Isaiah in the top 75? Wow.
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Level 66
Oct 26, 2018
I am still finding it very hard to believe that Isaiah is a more common baby name than Thomas now. Shows how things change, I suppose.
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Level 52
Jun 6, 2020
....or that Noah is higher than Matthew or David. We're getting old!
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Level 73
Nov 16, 2016
Why are four of the names already given??
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Level ∞
Nov 17, 2016
Because they are incredibly minor characters in the Bible.
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Level 90
Nov 17, 2016
I would've known Caleb would be more well known, as the other faithful spy, or Lone survivor of the Exodus. The way the clue is worded makes you think he's all alone out in the desert somewhere. But yeah, the other 3 would've stumped me.
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Level 77
Jun 13, 2019
I would have gotten Ethan and maybe Caleb if I had time to think about it, but I didn't remember either Alexander or Chloe being in the Bible.
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Level 64
Nov 16, 2016
Does Mary make the cut?
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Level ∞
Nov 17, 2016
*Edited comment 2021

Nope. The popularity of Mary continues to plummet. It is now ranked 308th for babies born in 2020, an all-time low. Interesting facts:

  • About 25% of English women were named Mary in the year 1800.
  • It was the #1 name for girls born in the US every year from before 1900 to 1946.
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Level 21
Feb 6, 2017
Pretty cool 😎
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Level 44
Feb 12, 2017
There's still lots of Mary's around (because once-popular names aren't just going to vanish from existence once they stop being trendy, the people who got the name tend to hang around a long while....), but definitely not many young ones that I knew growing up (80's kid). One or two of my classmates that I remember, and several more had it as a middle name. But I was still surprised to find it not make the list at all since it's still common.

Now on the other hand, I have NEVER met anyone else with either of my grandmother's names, young or old. Nolaine and Muriel. Definitely not names that you see today at all.

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Level 84
Jun 29, 2018
Had a grandmother and a great aunt both named Mary. They'd both be over 90 if they were still alive.
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Level 67
May 27, 2019
never heard of nolaine, but thought muriel was a name that isnt uncommon amongst older british people? I atleast have heard of it several times.
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Level 61
May 12, 2021
I named my cat Mary.
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Level 87
Jun 25, 2021
I knew a Mary in my middle school class. She briefly "dated" one of my best friends.
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Level 76
Nov 17, 2016
Caleb wasn't the only survivor in the wilderness. Joshua did too.
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Level 67
Dec 2, 2016
Nice one. Missed 4. Should have got them all.
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Level 72
May 17, 2019
Same here, I'm a bit embarrassed. I know the names but then I get mixed up in my head on the quizzes sometimes. Sooo many J names. :-)
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Level 46
Feb 11, 2017
How about Rachel?
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Level 70
May 25, 2019
I'm curious about this too. From what I've seen it is a common name. It's even my sister's name.
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Level 67
May 27, 2019
Est(h)er is the one I expected
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Level 54
Feb 11, 2017
Mathew should be accepted for Matthew
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Level 82
Jan 4, 2022
My name is Matthew and NO IT BLOODY WELL SHOULDN'T.
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Level 61
Feb 11, 2017
whoa, no Mark?
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Level ∞
May 13, 2019
Only one of the Gospels that doesn't make the cut
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Level 67
Apr 11, 2020
Weird how Mark, which feels like one of the most basic and common names does not make the cut and Asher, which I have never heard of does (and have heard of ezra and levi, but thought they were ultra rare)
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Level 55
Feb 11, 2017
Gabriel is actually not an archangel.
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Level 61
Feb 14, 2017
He's not specifically called one in the Bible, but he is in plenty of other sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel
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Level 65
May 12, 2021
The quizz is about BIBLICAL names, therefore the Bible decides only. In the Bible Gabriel is not archangel. Only Michael is.

If You consider other sources, but the Bible, then yes; yet, in that case, satan would be Jesus' Brother, according to some popular religious sources. Thus, do not consider other sources, please.

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Level 48
Feb 11, 2017
I thought Peter and Paul would also appear here.
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Level 44
Feb 13, 2017
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Level 59
Feb 13, 2017
And Mary. Surprised Puff wasn't on their either.
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Level 90
May 17, 2019
:)
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Level 83
Feb 11, 2017
A A Ron.
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Level 69
Jun 25, 2021
you done messed up
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Level 23
Feb 12, 2017
Should 'Elisabeth" be accepted for Elizabeth
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Level ∞
May 13, 2019
Okay
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Level 44
Feb 13, 2017
I have never met anyone named Josiah. This one really surprised me.
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Level 74
Feb 13, 2017
Clearly you have not watched the West Wing. :-)
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Level 37
Apr 16, 2021
even though your comment is 4 years old now i'm still gonna reply, #josiahbartlettforpresident ;)
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Level 67
Jun 12, 2019
Blew my mind too. Peter, Paul, and Mark are not here, but Josiah is. I do not doubt QM's thoroughness, but that seems unbelievable to me.
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Level 83
Jul 9, 2017
Really surprised not to see Mahershalalhashbaz or Zaphenathpaneah on here. :-P Cool quiz!
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Level 84
Jun 29, 2018
They'll make a come back some day. Along with Methuselah, Balthazar, and Ezekiel.
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Level 83
May 13, 2019
Ezekiel is barely out of the running at #87.
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Level 84
May 25, 2019
wow
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Level 73
May 13, 2021
We almost named our four-year-old Ezekiel, then changed our minds at the last minute.
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Level 72
May 13, 2021
Four years old is pretty late to be naming a child.
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Level 44
Jan 30, 2018
I love the name Leah! I didn’t realize it was that popular.
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Level 68
May 13, 2019
I aimed to type Eli(ja) but it stops at Eli. Okay. Try again: Elija. It says "Already (Eli)"... It is quite inconsistent that Elija is a type-in for Eli but not for Elija(h), right?
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Level 62
May 13, 2019
I've never seen Elijah spelled Elija, but I have seen many other full name spellings for Eli, so your logic is not good.
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Level 67
Apr 11, 2020
Wow that is facsinating, I never had the quiz tell me why or why not it accepted a word. I figured you might have used "enter" after your answer, and tried it and indeed, then you get the reply you got. What I don't get is why you pressed enter since answers are automatically accepted.

But I might from now on, when something is unexpectedly not accepted, maybe the quiz gives me valuable information too. Like "You clearly misspelled that!! Come on, try a bit harder" :) Haha that would be pretty awesome :P

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Level 83
May 13, 2019
Asher wasn't the first disciple of Jesus.
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Level 70
May 13, 2019
Noticed the same thing. Answer Stats says "Founder of one of the 12 tribes", but the quiz itself repeats the clue for Andrew.
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Level ∞
May 13, 2019
Sorry, about that. Fixed.
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Level 66
May 15, 2019
Jesus didn't have brothers so the clue for James doesn't apply.
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Level ∞
May 16, 2019
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James,_brother_of_Jesus
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Level 71
May 11, 2021
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brothers_of_Jesus#Etymology

Despite the modern use of the word "brother" to describe James the Just, it's almost certainly not true that he was Jesus' brother in the modern sense of the word brother (sharing parent(s)).

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Level 37
Apr 11, 2020
^ WHAT? Not only did Jesus have brothers but he had at least one sister too! My source? - Matthew 13: 55, 56.
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Level 82
May 12, 2021
This highlights one of the deep divides between catholic and protestant beliefs: protestants accept that Mary had additional children (after Jesus), while many catholics say she remained a virgin her entire life.
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Level 69
Jun 25, 2021
poor Joseph. =)
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Level 84
May 25, 2019
I missed my mother's name.
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Level 84
Feb 29, 2020
This time I got my mother's name, but missed my oldest nephew and youngest niece. What the heck..
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Level 57
May 25, 2019
No Rebecca or Rachel?
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Level 41
May 25, 2019
For anyone who watches Emmerdale, that should help, as the Dingle family all use biblical names, although not everyone appears on here.

Got Eli, Sarah, Aaron, Isaac, Sam and Noah.

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Level 77
Jun 13, 2019
With the alphabetical biblical naming in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers there were a few of those included - Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, and Hannah - but I was surprised that Adam didn't make the list and I would have thought Ephraim and Gideon would be ahead of Asher and Josiah. (Not surprised that Frankincense didn't make the list. BTW, their mother was wrong that there were no F names in the Bible - Felix is one, but Frankincense made for a better story.)
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Level 67
Jun 25, 2021
That movie was my dad's favourite movie! He is 85 now.
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Level 55
May 25, 2019
Abigail TOP 11 because of rdr2 and rdr
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Level 67
May 27, 2019
There are people called asher???? Never ever heard of that, let alone it being popular. (And wouldnt have thought that isaiah and a few other would be popular unless with extremely religious people)
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Level 60
Jun 12, 2019
My son's name is Asher
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Level 73
Apr 11, 2020
I was also surprised at that. My name is Asher but I've never met anyone else with the same name
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Level 67
Apr 11, 2020
If I would ve met somebody called Asher I would have assumed it was a nickname for Ashley. But since it comes straight from the bible (not that those names do not have a history before that, but for a lot of names the bible is the source and alteration on those names came much later) that is clearly not the case.
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Level 67
Apr 11, 2020
Apparently it means happy, that is pretty cool :)
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Level 67
Jun 25, 2021
I know three Ashers.
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Level 67
Jun 12, 2019
All these names also popular in New Zealand, I know people named all of these names.
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Level 65
Jun 12, 2019
Johannes? Maria/Mary? Simon?
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Level 53
Jun 12, 2019
You think that Josiah is a popular biblical name, but not Mark, Paul, or Simon? I'm sure I've never met anyone named "Asher", but I know at least 5 men named "Peter".
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Level 67
Jun 12, 2019
It's not "think." It's data compiled from baby names. The quiz says that it's baby names from 2018, not just names of all people living. Names that we're used to, like Mark, Paul, and Mary, are passe now, just like Edith, Vanessa, and Arthur before them. I just looked up the top-five most popular names for 2019 so far. For boys: Milo, Jasper, Asher (#3!), Atticus, Silas. For girls: Isla, Olivia, Posie, Aurora, Cora. Things are changing.
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Level 77
Jun 13, 2019
Yes, I know little girls named Lois and Geneva, and Arthur is coming around again.
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Level 87
May 15, 2021
Yes, but how many 3 year olds do you know? Peter would be on a list of "common names of 40 year olds".
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Level 84
Jun 12, 2019
Over in the Middle East still meet a lot of Suleimans (Solomon), Miriams (Mary), Isas (Jesus), Yusufs (Joseph), Ibrahims (Abraham), Daouds (David), Ismails (Ishmael), Yaqubs (Jacob), and Musas (Moses). Though those aren't nearly as common as Muhammad, Ali, Fatemah, Faisal, Fahd, or Abdul____.
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Level 72
Jun 13, 2019
What about Satan?
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Level 68
Apr 11, 2020
Lol..... what the hell?!
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Level ∞
May 11, 2021
There aren't many (if any) people named Satan. However, there are 241 people named Lucifer in the United States.
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Level 72
May 13, 2021
In Spanish-speaking places if your first names are Lucia Fernanda you'll get called Lucifer.
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Level 85
May 11, 2021
I don't know many guys named Abigail or Elizabeth (both shown in blue above). And like others, I'm surprised to see Asher but not common names such as Peter, Paul, and Jehosaphat.
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Level ∞
May 11, 2021
Fixed
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Level 90
May 11, 2021
I think the erstwhile wife of Nabal, and the mother of the Lotus- Locust-eater should be pink.
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Level 90
May 11, 2021
There are some others that have biblical origins.

Isabella (#14) is Italian for Elizabeth.

Mateo (#30) is Spanish for Matthew.

Santiago (#117) is Spanish for James.

Ian (#139) is Scottish for John.

While not biblical names for individuals, Grace (#87), Angel (#101), Christian (#102), Jordan (#108) and Genesis (#152) may be biblical names… if you kinda squint hard enough and let it wash over you.

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Level 74
May 12, 2021
Never thought that Genesis would be a name
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Level 79
May 11, 2021
Curious why Abigail is in blue? Is it a mistake or is it actually growing in popularity as a boy's name?
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Level 79
May 11, 2021
Fixed before I even finished typing my comment. :)
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Level 72
May 11, 2021
The foresight of a prophet! But which one?
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Level 61
May 12, 2021
Gabriel is not referred to as an archangel in the Bible.
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Level 58
Jun 25, 2021
Any chance just "Ben" could be accepted for Benjamin?
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Level ∞
Jun 25, 2021
Absolutely!
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Level 57
Jun 25, 2021
Mary ?
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Level 32
Jun 25, 2021
It's hard because English changes all the names original names. please let Johannes, Marcus and Jacobus count too
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Level 54
Jun 25, 2021
Where's Brian?
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Level 72
Jun 25, 2021
You win what made me laugh the loudest today... :D
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Level 69
Jun 25, 2021
how come this is so big compared to most other quizzes, at least on mobile? some formatting thing?
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Level 68
Jun 25, 2021
Wow. Levi higher than John and Ezekiel higher than Mark and Peter. Crazazy.
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Level 55
Jun 25, 2021
I refuse to believe that Mark, Adam and Mary are less popular than Asher and Jeremiah
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Level 73
Jun 25, 2021
This is talking about baby names, not the names of the whole population.
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Level 53
Jun 25, 2021
I like the name Caleb a lot.
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Level 70
Jun 25, 2021
No Mark?
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Level 62
Jun 25, 2021
Not me trying "lee" and "leigh" but not "leah"
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Level 69
Jun 25, 2021
Do you pronounce all of them the same? I've only ever heard Leah pronounced Lee-uh, not just Lee.
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Level 69
Jun 25, 2021
Gabriel was not an archangel.

There can be only one archangel: Michael

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Level 39
Mar 7, 2022
who knew so many ancient middle eastern people had such white guy sounding names
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Level 68
Apr 3, 2022
I never understood the dichotomy of names in the Bible. Many of them are nigh unpronounceable, and then other are everyday names we've seen for centuries.
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Level 68
Apr 3, 2022
Not a fan of accepting Ben as an answer, considering the other shortened forms that aren't (and shouldn't be, as they do not appear as such in the Bible): Dan, Jim, Mike, Jake, Joe, Dave, Matt, Abby, Beth, Liz, Libby, Gabe, Tom, Andy, Drew, Zeke, Jon, and Jerry.
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Level 75
May 16, 2022
I disagree that Caleb is a very minor character. He is mentioned more often than, say, the Archangels Michael or Gabriel. He was not as important as the other lone wilderness survivor Joshua but he still played an important role in that part of Israel's history.
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Level 24
Jul 21, 2022
Interesting answers. I don't know any Ezekials or Ezras but I've known many Marks over the years. Plus, you know, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John...