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Asked for, Prayed for
Etymology & Historical Origin - Saul
Saul is most commonly thought of as a Jewish name. He was borne from the Bible as the first King of Israel, predecessor to David. One of Israel’s great leaders, Samuel, ushered in the Israel monarchy by anointing its first king, Saul. Why Saul? Good question. The simple answer is that it was “God’s will” determined by a lost donkey and a roll of the dice (wait, we’ll explain). Saul was off looking for his father’s lost donkeys and went to Samuel (considered a “seer”) for help. God already told Samuel to expect Saul and instructed Samuel to “anoint him to be prince over my people Israel.” [1 Samuel 9:16]. After telling Saul he is to be king, Samuel gathered all the tribes and people of Israel together in 1 Samuel 10 and cemented the selection of king “by lot” (which basically means the roll of sacred dice). It certainly seems fairer than a coin toss, right? The other thing you should know about Saul is that he was considered the tallest, most handsome man among the Israelites. Basically, Saul came from a wealthy family, he’s tall, dark and handsome, popular among the people, and now he’s king. We wonder if he got “Most Likely to Succeed” in his high school yearbook. In any case, things don’t actually work out perfectly for this perfect guy. He has one glaring issue: he tells fibs. And we can’t exactly call them “white lies” because Saul has the bad judgment to disobey the specific commands of the Big Guy upstairs and then lie about it to Samuel. It’s from the Saul story that we get a couple expressions: “your days are numbered” and “the writing is on the wall”. So God tells Samuel that David will replace the disobedient Saul as king. Nonetheless, Saul had an important place among the Israelites. We know he meant well, at least. But more importantly, he was one foxy dude. Saul comes from the Hebrew name Sha'ul meaning ‘asked for, prayed for’ perhaps indicating the Israelites’ request for a king “to rule over us and protect us from our enemies.” Saul will always be remembered as Israel’s first king, even if David was a little better at the obedience part.
Popularity of the Name Saul
Saul is the poster child of consistent moderate usage on the American male naming charts. The name dates back to 1880, as far back as the U.S. government began tracking naming trends. This is a name most favored within the Jewish community, but it does have cross-over appeal to Christians. In fact, Saul was the name of St. Paul prior to his conversion to Christianity (Acts 9:4) so the Puritans have been using this name since the 17th century. Still, the name Saul has never achieved higher than #270 on the American popularity charts, which means this name (although familiar) is relatively lightly used. Furthermore, considering today’s modern naming styles, Saul may be just a little too “old-man” of a name, even to the Jewish people. You definitely picture Saul sitting around the BINGO room at the community center with Ezra, Walter and George – perhaps with their wives Ruth, Esther, Mabel and Gladys. Although this is part of his charm – the name is so old-fashioned and out-dated by today’s naming standards that Saul is actually so different he’s cool. If you want to ‘ask for, pray for’ a tall, handsome, kingly boy, then Saul might be the perfect choice for you.
Popularity of the Boy Name Saul
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Saul
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Saul
Saul We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Saul.
Popular Songs on Saul
Saul - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Saul.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Saul
Paul's Call: How Saul Became a Christian (Bostrom) - "Paul's Call" combines whimsical poetry and child-appealing illustrations to retell the story of the apostle's life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. The memorable sing-song style rhymes and eye-catching artwork help children encounter God's grace as revealed in the biblical account and connect the story to their own lives. Christian parents, along with teachers and pastors who relate to young children in church school or worship, should find this book to be a unique addition to their collection of Bible stories for children. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Saul's Daughter: The Story of David and Michal (Gladys Malvern) - Beautiful, impetuous and headstrong, Michal is the young daughter of Saul, the first King of Israel. As a woman of her society, she has a certain importance as a princess, but in all other respects, she has little control over her destiny. She and everyone else assume that she will marry whomever her father chooses. But then a humble young man named David is called to the royal court to play music for Saul, and Michal and the young shepherd are instantly smitten with each other. As David begins to rise in importance in the court and defeats the Philistine giant Goliath, his increasing popularity begins to threaten Saul, who swings back and forth between affection for the young man he loves like a son, and a raging hatred for this young upstart. Saul fears David will steal his throne, and decides to remove this threat to his stability and power. Michal's quick-wittedness and resolve saves David's life, but at a great cost to her own future happiness. As the years stretch by, both David and Michal are parted by cruel circumstance, and Michal learns patience and a degree of selflessness. As her family and country is torn apart by war with Philistia, Michal's longing to be reunited with her beloved David seems as though it will never come to pass…Recommended for ages young adult.
Saul: The Miracle On The Road (Carine Mackenzie) - The dazzling light stopped Saul in his tracks. When God spoke to him, he knew his life would never be the same again! You can read about Saul in the book of Acts. Recommended for ages 6-9.
Small Saul (Ashley Spires) - From the creator of Binky the Space Cat, a hilarious story about an unconventional little pirate. Ahoy there! Will this sweet little pirate find his place aboard The Rusty Squid or will he be forced to walk the plank? When Small Saul joins the crew of The Rusty Squid, it doesn't take long for the other pirates to notice something is very different about this tiny fellow. He was born to sing sea shanties, bake pineapple upside down cakes and redecorate, not to hold a sword and plunder. Being rough and tough just isn't in his nature. Small Saul learned at Pirate College that pirates only care about three things: their ship, being tough and lots and lots of treasure. Can Small Saul show these ruffians that despite his gentle spirit, he's worth his weight in gold? With treasure chests of laughs, Small Saul's high-seas adventure is a light-hearted celebration of individuality, perseverance and being true to one's self. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Famous People Named Saul
Famous People Named Saul - Saul Bellow (Nobel Prize winner, literature); Saul Hudson (aka "Slash", guitarist for Guns N' Roses)
Children of Famous People Named Saul
Famous People Who Named Their Son Saul - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Saul.
Personality of the Boy Name Saul
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 - Saul