The Bible and Christian history are rich with intriguing female biblical name options for babies—from Abigail to Zipporah. Consider one of these bible names with strong meaning for your baby girl.
Elizabeth An enduring classic, Elizabeth means "consecrated to God." It was the name of John the Baptist's mother in the Bible, and Elizabeth Seton, the first American saint. With its huge array of nickname options (including Eliza, Lisa, Beth, Betsy, and Ellie, to name a few), it's no wonder it's still in the top 15 baby names for girls.
Magdalene Looking for an interesting way to get to that Maggie nickname? Look no further than the place name Magdalene, which is connected to one of the more interesting women in the New Testament, a follower of Jesus. The name means "tower."
Agnes Several saints bore the name Agnes, a Greek name that means "pure." It was a top name at the turn of the 20th century, and seems poised for a comeback.
Clare Popular Saint Clare of Assisi sported this sweet name that means "bright." The more popular spelling Claire is in the top 50, while Clare is in the top 800.
Veronica One of the more memorable stories in the New Testament surrounds this name—Veronica is the woman who wiped the face of Jesus as he dragged his cross to Calvary (her cloth was instantly imprinted with his face). The name means "victory bringer," and it's currently in the top 400 baby names in the U.S.
Nevaeh This freshly minted Christian name is simply heaven spelled backwards. It's been a top 100 name ever since its invention at the turn of the 21st century.
Mary One of most enduring baby names of all time is Mary, the name bestowed upon the mother of Jesus. It topped the charts for decades, and currently is still in the top 150 names for girls. Variations like Marja, Marin, or Marelle may be a way to revive this classic, which means "bitter."
Theodora A name that means "gift of God," Theodora is connected to an early martyr and royalty from the Byzantine Empire and Greece.
Hope The "virtue" names—like Faith, Charity, and Felicity—have been popular in Christian circles for centuries. But Hope may be the most popular of all.