Quick Facts on Messiah
- American, Hebrew
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Characteristics of Messiah
- Highly Intuitive
- Spiritual Teacher
- Extremely Bright
Etymology & Historical Origin - Messiah
Messiah is a given name which has only just recently come into circulation. Of course most people are aware that Messiah is the title traditionally given to Jesus Christ by Christians. The word is actually Hebrew in origin (Mašíaḥ) and means “anointed”. It is also not specific to Christians; the concept of the messiah is used among people of all major religions to signify a savior or liberator of their own people (Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc.). Originating with the Hebrews scores of centuries before Christ, messiahs were those monarchs or priests anointed with holy oil. Later Jewish beliefs held that “the” messiah will be anointed by God and come to rule the united tribes as a single future King of Israel descended from David (ushering in the Messianic Age). Of course the Christians believe that “the” messiah has already arrived in the form of Jesus Christ (Jesus got the title “Khristós” from the Greeks which means exactly the same thing as Messiah, i.e., “anointed”). Since Christians believe Jesus to be their savior and redeemer, the terms Christ and Messiah are essentially used synonymously. Muslims believe that Jesus was the promised Messiah to the Israelites and that he will return again to earth and join the Islamic al-Mahdi in defeating the Antichrist and ridding the world of all wickedness. In essence, the word Messiah is important to all the major monotheistic religions. Everyone is trying to get to the same place in the end (i.e., paradise on earth), which is a peaceful notion. They just have different viewpoints on who that leader (Messiah) is or will be – but in each case, their own people reign supreme in the eyes of their God. In any case, the term Messiah is pretty heavy and holy so we were quite surprised to see the name be given to modern baby boys. Then again, Salvador and Salvatore are the Spanish and Italian equivalents to the word “savior” which essentially means the same thing to Christians as Messiah. Spanish-speakers have a long history of using the name Jesús, as well. However, English-speakers have historically displayed a fair amount of discomfort with such names they have considered too holy for use. It appears they may be lightening up on this rule.
Popularity of the Name Messiah
We’re not going to mince words here; we were quite surprised to see a name like Messiah on the Top 1000 list of American masculine names. You can’t get much bolder with a name like this. We see names like Ace, Prince, King, Major, Maverick and Legend on the American boy’s naming chart today, but Messiah? That sort of makes these other boys look like chumps. Seriously, this one is a head-scratcher. It also appears to be distinctly American; in other words, there aren’t a bunch of Messiahs running around the preschools of Great Britain. As a given name for boys, Messiah first appeared on the U.S. charts in 2005. For Christians, the “real” Messiah appeared sometime around the turn of the first century A.D. Although Messiah has only been on the naming charts for less than 10 years, it’s been growing in usage, so what do we know? There are obviously enough parents out there who are unabashedly “anointing” their baby boys with this profoundly spiritual moniker, enough so to keep the name on the charts. Really. We don’t know if we should praise you or penalize you. We do know one thing, though – you have a lot of moxie. And we’ll give you points for that.
Popularity of the Boy Name Messiah
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Messiah
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Messiah
Messiah (Religious Literature) The Messiah is, well, we know who he is. Or He is, depending on your orientation. In the Christian, Jewish and Muslim religions, he is considered to be a savior sent from God to free His people from war and strife. Christians believe he has come already, Jews believe he is yet to come, and Muslims believe he has been and will return. Any way you look at it, this is someone with a BIG mission to have accomplished, to accomplish, or to have to accomplish yet again. Significantly, the Jews believe that his coming will usher in a period of untold benevolence and peace, a time in which even wild animals will become tame and domesticated. In our experience, such goings on haven’t yet been eye-witnessed by anyone we trust. We tend to agree with one famous Jew, Woody Allen, when he says: “And the lamb and the wolf will lie down together, but the lamb won’t get any sleep.” No irreverence intended; we’re just repeating what we’ve been told. So long live the Messiah, and may everything they say about him be true!
Children's Books on the Baby Name Messiah
Tamar - A Story of the Messiah (Gladys Malvern) - Growing up in a village near the Sea of Galilee, the adored daughter of the wealthy and respected leader Jairus, Tamar was content with her place in her community. She knew that in her early teens she would be married to a suitable young man, and she would become a good Jewish wife and mother. She would adhere to the laws of her faith. But then a Teacher came to town, and began to speak of a way of life far different than what she and her society had been raised to believe. He preached love and acceptance and performed miracles of healing to hundreds… and in so doing made many enemies who were offended by his claims, and humiliated by their revealed hypocrisies. As Tamar and her friend Julian, the servant of a Roman Centurion, follow Jesus and see the miracles he performs, they come to believe that he is The Messiah so long anticipated in Hebrew scripture. But with many powerful enemies, his life is in danger, and as Tamar and her family travel to Jerusalem for Passover, they little realize the earth-shaking events that are about to sweep them and their world in a completely different direction. Recommended for ages young adult.
The Messiah (R.J. Kottke) - The Messiah is a fun and colorful book, either for children or the coffee table, that describes Yeshua's (Jesus') love in a simple and hopeful way. Recommended for ages 6-9.
Until the Messiah Comes: A Russian-Jewish Adventure (Kenneth D. Roseman) - Set in the 1880s. Explores Jewish history, forcing decisions that still impact on Jewish life today. Will you become a socialist, a Zionist, or a secular Jew? A Do-It-Yourself Jewish Adventure. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Famous People Named Messiah
Famous People Named Messiah - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Messiah.
Children of Famous People Named Messiah
Famous People Who Named Their Son Messiah - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Messiah.
Personality of the Boy Name Messiah
The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.
Variations of the Baby Name - Messiah