What's in a Name?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Biblical, Biblical Greek
Pronunciation:  nay-THAN-ee-ǝl (English), nay-THAN-yel (English)

Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name Netan'el meaning "given of God."  In the New Testament this was the given name of one of the Twelve disciples of Jesus (John 21:2)--probably the same person as Bartholomew.  

Gender:  Feminine & Masculine
Usage:  Maori, Hawaiian
Pronunciation:  MO-ah-nah (possibly)

Meaning & History
Means "ocean, wide expanse of water, deep sea" in Maori and Hawaiian. 

NOTE:  This is the name of the newest Disney princess.  A Hawaiian girl!

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Biblical
Pronunciation:  REFF-ah-el (possibly)

Meaning & History
Meaning "God heals."  This was the name of a son of Shemaiah, a Levite (1 Chron. 26:7).

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, German, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Pronunciation:  sǝ-LO-mee (English), SAH-lǝ-may (English)

Meaning & History
From an Aramaic name which is related to the Hebrew word shalom, meaning "peace." This was borne by two women in the New Testament.  


Names & meanings via behindthename.com and 
All the Names in the Bible by Thomas Nelson.
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  1. A lovely assortment, as always! It's cool to see a Hawaiian name up there. The only other Hawaiian name I know is 'Keanu'.

  2. Oh! that's a great one! I'll have to do that one next time. Even though every time I see it I think of the actor Keanu Reeves... :D


To each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass, and a book of rules,
And each must make, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping stone.