Spiritual Christian Names For Girls
Spiritual Christian Names For Girls –
Why create a list of Christian names for girls? Well, aside from lists of the best baby names for virtually all groups, the Spiritual and Religious names are very popular topics. Christianity remains the most common religion in the world with almost two and one-half billion practitioners worldwide. In the United States alone roughly two-thirds of the population professes to be Christian.
Oddly enough perhaps, there are people who do not recognize the many different sects within the Christian religion. While it may be readily apparent to most people, there are others who never even considered the facts, never mind the implications.
In order to better understand why the different “flavors” of Christianity are relevant, though not necessary divisive in nature, it is best to start at the beginning and to go through the history of the Christian religion and how it has evolved over the years.
The Biblical names for girls and boys are among the most popular names. It should be noted here that Islam, Christianity, and Judaism all share the Pentateuch or the first five books of the Bible. For that reason, this list of the best Christian names for girls will likely focus on the older Hebrew and Sanskrit names with less focus on the modern Hebrew or Aramaic and Ancient Greek names.
As is always the case, BabynamesPedia will hopefully be able to introduce you to names that you may have otherwise missed or never considered. Furthermore, by focusing on the older Christian names for girls, it is believed that this list would serve just as well for anyone, and should not be restricted only to practicing Christians.
A Brief History Of Christian Sects
Christianity began with the presence of the Christ. “The Christ” as that name comes from the ancient Greek word Christos which translates as “Messiah”. Given the prevalence of the terms “B.C.” or “Before Christ” and “A.D.” or “After Death” should give some indication of the importance of the life of the Christ. It is also noteworthy that Christ is recognized in both Christianity and Islam.
The first radical changes to the Christian religion came from the Councils of Constantinople and Nicea. During these evolutionary periods of Christianity, many of the Pagan traditions were integrated into Christian systems of belief. Two things worthy of note come from this point in Christian tradition.
Paganism was a collective term reflecting any religious and spiritual practices outside of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. “Pagan” does not necessarily represent any singular belief. Second, the integration of the pagan traditions was directly the result of efforts to expand the reach and conversion of new people into the Christian religions.
The next major change came with the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in 1517. The word “Catholic” just means “Universal”. The Protestant Reformation was not initially an effort to completely break from the Unified Catholic Church, but seen as a means to cleanse the church, removing practices that the Protestants believed to be contrary to the teachings of the Christ.
The Protestant Reformation resulted in the creation of many new churches and religious movements. This included the Quakers, Amish, the Protestant Church including Adventists, Baptists, Anabaptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Anglican Episcopalians.
The Protestant Reformation also led to the Council of Trent beginning in 1545. The Council of Trent involved three conventions with the last one being held in 1563. The purpose was to determine resolutions to issues that were troubling the Catholic church at the time.
Best Christian Names For Girls
Adah – To start this list of the best Christian names for girls we will look at one mentioned twice in the book of Genesis. Adah was first mentioned as the wife of Lamech. The next mention is of another individual bearing the same name, Adah, the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and one of the wives of Esau, the son of Isaac and the progenitor of the Edomites.
Asenath – This was an Egyptian woman that was taken as a wife by Joseph, the fellow with the multi-colored coat for those familiar with the story. There are two different approaches in terms of her life. One holds that she is an Egyptian who converted to Judaism before marrying Joseph, and raising the children in the traditions according to those beliefs. Another view often put forth is that she was not actually an Egyptian, but was in reality from the family of Jacob, whose name would later be changed to Israel and who is considered the father of the Israelites.
Athaliah – Athaliah is rare, though not unique in terms of women in the Biblical times. She was the sole ruler, reigning as the Queen of Judah for a period of five years. It is unknown whether her father was King Omri or King Ahab, but her mother was definitely Queen Regent of Israel, Jezebel. She was the wife of King Jehoram during his eight year reign, and continued on as queen after his death.
Azubah – This is another Biblical name for girls that is mentioned twice in the ancient scriptures. The first mention is as the wife of Caleb, representative of the tribe of Judah. The second one is the wife of King Asa and the mother of Jehoshaphat, the fourth king of Judah. No word on why he is so frequently referenced as Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat in the modern vernacular.
Basemath – This name is mentioned three times in the old scriptures though never in great detail. The first mention is the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and one of the wives of Esau, presumably a sibling of Adah. The next mention is a woman who is the daughter of Ishmael and the third wife of Esau, and finally, as the daughter of Solomon and wife of Ahimaaz, son of Zadok, the high priest.
Elisheba – This entry into the best Christian names for girls was the wife of Aaron, the elder brother of Moses, and the one who would often conduct public speaking on behalf of Moses. Little is known about Aaron other than the fact that he was a high priest, with even less known about his spouse, Elisheba.
Euodia – This is an interesting Christian name for girls that was not originally a name in Biblical times. The Euodia were female members of the church of Philippi, in addition to the Syntyche. Apparently there was a disagreement between the two groups, resulting in a direct intervention by Saul of Tarsus, more commonly known as Paul the Apostle, after his conversion on the road to Damascus.
Haggith – The name Haggith means someone who rejoices, generally one who rejoices in dance and likely song. The name may also mean simply “festive” in some iterations of the name based on usage. Haggith was a wife of King David and the mother of Adoniah, sometimes spelled as Adoniyah.
Michal – Michal was a princess of the Kingdom of Israel. She was also the daughter of Saul, the first king of Israel, and would become a wife of King David. The original translation of the name is a literal translation of the word “brook”, (as in a creek) in the modern English vernacular.
Naamah – This character is a descendant of Cain, and a daughter of Lamech and Zillah, and the sister of Tubal-cain. She also had two half brothers, Jabal and Jubal, though from a different mother. They shared a father but the mother was another wife of Lamech, Adah. The name translates as the literal meaning of the word “pleasant”.
Naarah – Naarah was the wife of Asher of the tribe of Judah. The name Naarah was generally used to indicate either a young girl or a maiden, someone who is both pure and chaste.
Nadiah – This selection for the best Christian names for girls means God’s construction or one who is created in the image of God, primarily in purpose as opposed to the more general use of the term wherein all humanity is created in the image of God. In Biblical terms, Nadiah was only briefly mentioned as a prophetess.
Peninnah – This woman was apparently not the favored wife, but did bear more heirs for Elkanah, her husband. The name may be translated either as coral or pearl depending on the individual translation. As the less favored wife, Peninnah had a tendency to mock the childless Hannah, the other, more favored wife of her husband.
Puah – This name may also be found in the list of Hawaiian names for girls where it means a flower. Puah and Shiphrah were best known as midwives who refused to kill the male children of the Hebrews living in Egypt, despite the order to do so coming directly from the Pharaoh.
Rizpah – The name Rizpah means a hot stone or coal. In the Bible, the name is from the daughter of Aiah. She was also known to be a concubine of Saul. (The first king of the United Kingdom of Israel, and not Saul of Tarsus from the New Testament or Aramaic scriptures) She was also the mother of Armoni and Mephibosheth whom she bore for Saul.
Tahpenes – This was an Egyptian queen mentioned in the First Book of Kings whose sister was granted in marriage to Hadad, the Edomite. Her sister and the Edomite would bear a son named Genubath, who would be weaned by Tahpenes and raised in the house of the Pharaoh.
Tirzah – Tirzah is one of the many daughters of Zelophehad. In the list of Dutch names for girls the name means a cypress. In the original language, the name meant someone who was desirable. Hopefully, this list of the perfect Christian names for girls has presented some baby girl names that are equally as desirable.