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Quick Facts on Moses

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 468
Simple meaning:
Born of Yahweh; Saved from the water

Characteristics of Moses

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Moses

There is some uncertainty as to the origin of this old Biblical name. The Hebrew name “Moshe” was probably derived from the Egyptian root “mes” meaning ‘born of’ (or son) – more specifically ‘born of a certain god’ which in the case of the Hebrews would be Yahweh. As a baby, Moses was retrieved from the Nile by Pharaoh’s daughter (Moses mother had placed him in the river in a reed basket to protect him from Pharaoh’s orders that all male Hebrew babies be killed). In Exodus 2:10, Pharaoh’s daughter named him Moses, “Because”, she said, “I drew him out of the water.” As a result, there is some folk etymology suggesting that Moses means ‘saved or delivered (from the water)’ but this is generally accepted as invented. Moses, a grandson of Levi, is the central character in Exodus wherein he led the Children of Israel out of captivity in Egypt and then received the 10 Commandments from God on Mount Sinai. He is considered the most important prophet in Judaism and tradition holds that Moses wrote the Torah or the first five books of the Bible. Moses has long been a popular name among Jews, but Christians eventually adopted the name during the Reformation – mostly Puritans and other Nonconformists. Even though Moses led “his people” (i.e., the Jews) to the Promised Land, he is still considered an important prophet in both Christian and Muslim tradition as well.

Popularity of the Name Moses

We suspect that the name Moses has been in constant use since the days of American colonization. However, we only have data that dates back to 1880, at which time Moses was very nearly a Top 100 favorite. As we crossed the threshold into the 20th century, Moses was already showing signs of weakening. As the decades persisted into the last century, Moses slowly declined in usage. By the end of the century and beginning of the 21st century, Moses seems to be leveling off at low-moderate use. What’s interesting is that the Spanish version of this name (Moisés) is currently more popular than the old traditional Hebrew Moses. Although Moses has seen overall slight decline in the past several years, the name jumped a whopping 78 positions up the charts in 2006 when popular celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin named their son Moses Bruce Anthony Martin in April of that year. Moses has also been an important figure within African-American communities and a popular boy name among Blacks for centuries. Just consider Basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone. Than name has strong Biblical significance so it’s not surprising parents have been drawn to this name for centuries. Being “born of God” or a “deliverer of your people” is pretty heavy stuff. Moses might also be a good choice for babies birthed in water given baby Moses’ early beginnings.
Popularity of the Boy Name Moses
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Moses

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Moses

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Moses

    Moses (The Bible) Moses is a major religious leader, lawgiver and prophet in the bible. According to Exodus, Moses’ mother hid him in a stream when the Egyptian pharaoh ordered that all Hebrew baby boys be killed. He is found by the pharaoh’s daughter and raised in the midst of the royal family. After he kills an Egyptian whom he finds beating a Hebrew, Moses flees across the Red Sea to escape execution. Here he marries, has children and works in the in-laws’ shepherding business. Oh, and he has his first encounter with God in the form of the burning bush. God tells him to go back and lead the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land. This he does, after God visits ten plagues upon Egypt due to the pharaoh’s reluctance to let the Israelites go. Moses and his people flee Egypt via the parting of the Red Sea and make it to Mount Sinai, where the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone are given by God to Moses. The Israelites then wander in the desert for forty years, and Moses dies just as they come within sight of the Promised Land. The Bible tells us he is 120 years old. This is quite a life span, with quite a lot of remarkable living packed into it, too. And we’re pretty sure he looked just like Charlton Heston.

    Moses the Raven (Animal Farm) Moses the Raven is a character in George Orwell’s 1945 allegorical novella, Animal Farm, who is a special pet of Mr. Jones. He does not have to work and he does not listen to the revolutionary speeches of Old Major. He is a tame bird who likes to talk about “Sugarcandy Mountain”, where animals go when they die, and he is accused of giving false hope to the animals that their hard lives and sufferings will be compensated for after death. Napoleon and the other pigs find him very troublesome in their efforts to organize the animals. When the animals on the farm do revolt, Moses leaves at the same time as the Joneses and the other humans, but he returns years later. By this time, Napoleon and the pigs have become just like the humans they revolted against, and they have no objection to Moses being back – after all, he can go right back to giving the animals false hopes all over again, keeping them in their place, pacified and submissive, but now to the pigs instead of to the humans. Indeed, for his efforts, he is rewarded with beer every day. We don’t have much trouble knowing what Moses represents, do we!?

  • Popular Songs on Moses

    Popular Songs on Moses

    Amos Moses - a song by Hank Williams, Jr.

    Books of Moses - a song by Tom Waits

    Brown Moses - a song by Frank Zappa

    Go Down Moses - a song by Louis Armstrong

    Little Moses - a song by Joan Baez

    Moses - a song by Bette Midler

    Moses - a song by Coldplay

    Moses - a song by Soulfly

    On The Rock Where Moses Stood - a song by Flatt and Scruggs

    Song of Moses - a song by Petra

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Moses

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Moses

    Baby Moses and the Princess (Mission City Press Inc.) - “I Can Read!” series. To keep her baby safe from an evil king, Miriam's mother places her child in a basket on the river. Worried Miriam stands by the river to watch over her baby brother. What will happen when the princess finds him? What is God's plan for Moses? Find out as compelling narration, music, and sound effects bring this story of baby Moses to life. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Don't Mess With Moses!: Peculiar Poems and Rib-Tickling Rhymes (Marty Nystrom) - Humorous and edgy, these Scripture-based poems are written with a nod to the style of Shel Silverstein. The clever words and quirky illustrations are guaranteed to grab the attention of elementary-age children. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Grandma Moses (Mike Venezia) - From the “Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists” series, this volume presents a biography of Grandma Moses including pictures of her art work. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Moses Goes to a Concert (Isaac Millman) - Moses and his school friends are deaf, but like most children, they have a lot to say. They communicate in American Sign Language, using visual signs and facial expressions. This is called signing. And even though they can't hear, they can enjoy many activities through their other senses. Today, Moses and his classmates are going to a concert. Their teacher, Mr. Samuels, has two surprises in store for them, to make this particular concert a special event. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Moses Goes to School (Isaac Millman) - A day at a school for the deaf is like a day at any school. Moses goes to a special school, a public school for the deaf. He and all of his classmates are deaf or hard-of-hearing, but that doesn't mean they don't have a lot to say to each other! They communicate in American Sign Language (ASL), using visual signs and facial expressions. Isaac Millman follows Moses through a school day, telling the story in pictures and written English, and in ASL, introducing hearing children to the signs for some of the key words and ideas. At the end is a favorite song -- "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" -- in sign! Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Moses' Big Adventure: A Lift-the-Flap Bible Book (Allia Zobel Nolan) - A lift-the-flap book of mammoth proportions—big size, big flaps, big learning, big fun! This book uses flaps with hidden images and information to teach children amazing facts about the great adventures of God's servant, Moses. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (Carole Boston Weatherford) - A Caldecott Honor book. This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman's strength, humility, and devotion. With proper reverence, Weatherford and Nelson do justice to the woman who, long ago, earned over and over the name Moses. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    The Moses Basket (Jenny Koralek) - Long, long ago in the land of Egypt, a Hebrew mother and her daughter, Miriam, hide a newborn baby boy in a basket that they float down the Nile River to save the childs life. Rescued from the river by the Egyptian princess, Pharoahs daughter, the boy is named Moses. When he grows up, he leads the Israelite people out of slavery. Beautifully retold and sumptuously illustrated, this picture book presentation of a favorite Bible story will delight young readers. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    The Year with Grandma Moses (W. Nikola-Lisa) - A unique introduction to an important American Artist. “When Grandma Moses looks out her window, / she sees a world of spotted cows, / a world of thunderstorms, rain-drenched fields, / and hand-washed laundry flapping in the wind.” This stunning picture book introduces children of all ages to the work of legendary artist Grandma Moses. Beginning in the spring -- full of thunderstorms and scenes of laundry flapping in the wind -- Nikola-Lisa's lyrical text captures the seasons on a farm and highlights the simple yet wonderful moments depicted in Grandma Moses's folk art paintings. The experience is made all the more intimate by Grandma Moses's journal excerpts, which give readers a first-hand look at what inspired the artist. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Moses

    Famous People Named Moses

    Famous People Named Moses - Moses Malone (basketball player); Moses "Moe" Horwitz (actor, one of the Three Stooges); Moses de León (religious figure); Moses Denson (football player); Moses Gomberg (pioneer in organic chemistry); Moses Gunn (actor); Moses Mendelssohn (German philosopher); Moses Moreno (football player); Moses (common pseudonym for Harriet Tubman)

  • Children of Famous People Named Moses

    Children of Famous People Named Moses

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Moses - Woody Allen (comedian, filmmaker); Mia Farrow (actress); Gwyneth Paltrow (actress); Chris Martin (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Moses - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Moses - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Moses.

Personality of the Boy Name Moses

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Moses

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