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Comforted by Yahweh
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Nehemiah
Nehemiah is a masculine personal name of ancient Hebrew and Biblical origin which means ‘comforted by Yahweh’. There is a book in the Old Testament (or Hebrew Bible) named after this Jewish leader which can be found between the books of Ezra and Ruth. The book of Nehemiah takes place in the 5th century BC well after the Persians defeated the Babylonians and the Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem from exile under Persian rule. Nehemiah – who happens to have a position of importance in the Persian king’s court – asked to return to Jerusalem to visit his people and to check things out. Apparently, even though the Jews had returned from exile for almost 100 years, they still hadn’t bothered with the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls. Not only that, but they had almost completely lost their connection with biblical Hebrew, their ancestral heritage and the Law of Moses. Nehemiah to the rescue! He basically coordinated the Jews around an efficient reconstruction of their walls (completed in a mere 52 days!). He then coordinated a massive re-education of the Law of Moses. For many of the former exiles, they were hearing this word of God for the first time. Many of the people wept once they realized they had abandoned their heritage. Nehemiah cleansed the people and saved the day, repeatedly praying to the Lord: “Remember me, O my God, for good.” If it hadn’t been for Nehemiah’s leadership, the Jews came dangerously close to losing their entire heritage. He ‘comforted’ them with the word of Yahweh. Nehemiah has mainly been considered a largely Jewish name, although in recent years the name has spread to a wider audience.
Popularity of the Name Nehemiah
This lesser-known Biblical name first appeared on the male naming charts in 1998. Nehemiah has made some pretty impressive jumps up the charts in a little more than 10 years (over 600 positions, in fact). It is still a name with only moderate usage, and given its exotic nature, we don’t expect to see it get that much more popular. It is certainly following a current trend of renewed interest in the more exotic Biblical names with the “-iah” suffix (think: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Josiah, Zachariah, Hezekiah, for example). The name is largely associated with the Jews, but it has also been adopted by the more fundamentalist Christians and nonconformists. We picture Nehemiah as an ancient version of the strong and strapping construction worker who is, of course, the foreman of the site.
Popularity of the Boy Name Nehemiah
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Nehemiah
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Nehemiah
Nehemiah We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Nehemiah.
Popular Songs on Nehemiah
Nehemiah - a song by Hope of the States
Children's Books on the Baby Name Nehemiah
Nehemiah Builder For God (Neil H. Ross) - The Story of Nehemiah accurately retold from the Bible (the book of Nehemiah). The Bibletime series has been praised for their accurate retelling of great bible stories. This timeless collection has been printed in many languages throughout the world and sold in their millions. They can be read over and over again. The Bibletime series has been praised for their accurate retelling of great bible stories. This timeless collection has been printed in many languages throughout the world and sold in their millions. They can be read over and over again. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Victory on the Walls: A Story of Nehemiah (Frieda Clark Hyman) - Thirteen-year-old Bani, though born in Jerusalem, has lived from infancy with his uncle in beautiful Susa, the city of the Persian King Artaxerxes. Now, his Uncle Nehemiah wants to leave his position of high honor as Cupbearer to the King to return to Jerusalem, a city in ruins and beset by every kind of trouble! Nehemiah's request of the king, permission to return to help his own people, could so easily—in an empire riddled with political intrigue—be misconstrued as treasonous scheming. Bani himself is given an unexpected part to play, the outcome of which is to forever change his life. Seen through the eyes of Bani, this novel dramatizes a turning-point of history, in 445 BC, when—through confrontation and daring risks—Judaism was re-established in the Promised Land, and purified for her unfolding mission. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Famous People Named Nehemiah
Famous People Named Nehemiah - Nehemiah Grew (botanist); Rabbi Nehemiah (a Rabbi who lived circa 150 AD)
Children of Famous People Named Nehemiah
Famous People Who Named Their Son Nehemiah - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Nehemiah.
Nehemiah - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Nehemiah - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Nehemiah.
Personality of the Boy Name Nehemiah
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Nehemiah