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Are there special names named by parents to their baby that has deep meaning from
the Bible. Or does God instruct us what to name after the baby when we become
parents to them?


Dear Peamfatie,

Human society now has gone so far from the original ways of the Creator.
(Malachi 3:7) “Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine
ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you,
saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, wherein shall we return?”

This is because of the darkness that envelopes the mind of an unbeliever.

(2 Corinthians 4:4) “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of
them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the
image of God, should shine unto them.”

The evident result is their alienation from God; having been driven so far away
because of the darkness in their hearts.

(Ephesians 4:18) “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the
life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of
their heart…”

The Bible is complete with its teachings regarding names. In fact, a name is one of
the most important things in life that we have to consider. God’s name is an object
of worship.

(Matthew 6:9) “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in
heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”

The original Hebrew word (translated hallowed in English) is ‘hagiazo’, meaning to

venerate. This shows the importance of God’s name. David have known this fact.
He worshiped God’s name.

(Psalms 138:2) “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for
thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all
thy name.”

In fact, the third of the ten commandments prohibits the use of the name of God in

(Exodus 20:7) “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for
the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”

Enemies of God use God’s name in vain to deceive people.

(Psalms 139:20) “For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy
name in vain.”

Even the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is being used by false prophets to mislead
(Matthew 24:4-5) “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no
man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and
shall deceive many.”

God’s name must properly be used on things that are of God.

(Isaiah 43;7) “Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him
for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.”

God’s people and God’s city are called by His name.

(Daniel 9:19) “O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not,
for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy

It is not proper to claim that a group or a church is of God and call it by the name of
a man like; the Wesleyan Church (after the name of John Wesley), or the Lutheran
Church (after the name of Martin Luther), or the Seventh Day Adventist Church
(instead of using God’s name, they used ‘Seventh Day’) apparently proving that
they are not of God!

The Church in the Bible is named after its real Owner: God, hence, The Church of

(1 Corinthians 1:1-2) “Paul, called to be an Apostle of Christ Jesus through the

will of God–and our brother Sosthenes: To the Church of God in Corinth, men
and women consecrated in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all in every place
who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ– their Lord as well as ours.”
Weymouth New Testament

The Jehovah’s Witnesses use a fictitious name for their God. They admit this in
their publications. In their book “Reasoning From The Scriptures” page 192
They are using the name Jehovah not because they believe it is the true name of
God, but because of its popularity since the 14th century, inspite of the fact that they
are “inclined to view the name Yahweh is a more correct form”.
Names are also important for God’s people.

(Ecclesiastes 7:1) “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of
death than the day of one’s birth.”

We can choose a good name for our children, or a good name can be chosen by
maintaining the dignity of our person.

(Proverbs 22:1) “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving
favor rather than silver and gold.”

Wrong application of a name is a misnomer.

mis·no·mer [miss nṓmÉ™r]

(plural mis·no·mers)


1. unsuitable name: a wrong or unsuitable name or term for something or somebody

2. calling something by wrong name: a use of a wrong or unsuitable name or term

to describe something or somebody
[15th century. < Old French < mes- “wrongly” + nommer “to name” < Latin

Microsoft Encarta 2007

God’s way of giving a name is with prudence. He named His only begotten Son,
Jesus Christ. It spells the characteristic, the dignity, and the responsibility of His

(Acts 4:10-12) “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by
the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from
the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the
stone which was set at naught of you builders, which is become the head of the
corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under
heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

The name Jesus Christ was given by God.

(Philippians 2:9-10) “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him
a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should
bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth…”

In naming a child, it is wise to consider circumstances, characteristics, and of

course, the holiness that a name carries with it. You will notice that in the Bible,
duplications of names are frequent like, the name John, Jesus, Jude, etc.

Isaac was named so because when the angel announced that at her old age, Sarah
will conceive and give birth to the promised seed, she laughed. Isaac means




From H6711; laughter (that is, mockery); Jitschak (or Isaac), son of Abraham: -

Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary

(Genesis 18:12) “Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am

waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”

(Genesis 21:5-6) “And Abraham was a hundred years old, when his son Isaac was
born unto him. And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear
will laugh with me.”
Esau was named so because of his physical characteristics.

(Genesis 25:25) “And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and
they called his name Esau.”

Abram’s name was changed by God to be Abraham: making him to be the father of
many nations.

(Genesis 17:5) “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name
shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.”

Maybe, my parents named me Eliseo, a prophet of the Old Testament times, because
they were guided by the spirit of God, as to my ‘would-be’ calling.

I have given names to so many babies in the past four decades; and most of them
have grown up, with God’s help, to my expectation in the spirit of the name given

Now, because people have gone too far from God’s way, you can hear names which
are products of inverted names and, sometimes, the mixture of the first and second
syllable of the father’s and mother’s name which does not denote anything holy. I
am afraid that the next generations of people will be non-sensible people having
nonsensical names.

I hope and pray that this premonition be wrong.

God Bless,