Let's work on another entry for the Favorites category; it seems like once we have three entries (and this would be the third), we have enough for a sidebar menu! This time the topic is favorite biblical names.
I find this category difficult because so many biblical names have been completely mainstreamed: if a family had a Michael, a Jacob, and an Abigail, I wouldn't think, "Ah, a biblical theme!"
And many lists contain names that weren't used as names for individuals in the Bible: Eden, Zion, Cana, Jordan, Bethany, Selah, Shiloh---and that seems like a different KIND of biblical name.
And of course there is the Bad Guys problem: Delilah is a
lovely name, and I'd go right ahead and use it---but I would not use it
AS a biblical name, or put it on a list of favorite biblical names, since then I'd be using it as the namesake of a Bad
Guy; I'd only use it as a non-biblical name. Ditto the name Cain, which has a great on-trend sound: I think it's
fine to use it, but I wouldn't suggest it to parents looking for a biblical name.
And many biblical names are such that if you asked 100 people, no more than one of them would know it was a name from the Bible or know the story associated with the name.
But are we discouraged? No! We are relaxed, laid-back people, and we can cope with categories that are difficult to pin down! And so as usual with this category of post, we will not sweat it: we will just make lists of names that we think of as biblical names, and we will just mention the one or ones we like. We will not fret overmuch about making sure the ones we list are our Very Very Favorites; we will just make a little list and be done with it. We will not worry about listing ones someone else has already listed, because duplicates make this a better resource for people looking to see what names of this sort are in favor. And if we think of more names later, we can come back and add them at any time: this will be a work in progress, available for anyone who wants to add to it or anyone who wants to use it to browse for ideas.
I would add the general suggestion that anyone considering a Biblical name look up the name in the Bible before using it. (Typing the name and the word "Bible" into a search engine is a pretty good way to catch all the references---and to make sure it's in there.)
Here is my own casual, fret-free list:
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