Boy Baby Name

Zeke

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Quick Facts on Zeke

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 858
Pronunciation:
ZEEK
Simple meaning:
God strengthens

Characteristics of Zeke

  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Sensitive
  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Gracious
  • Balanced

Etymology & Historical Origin - Zeke

Zeke is short for Ezekiel. Ezekiel is a Biblical name borne by one of the Major Prophets from the Old Testament in a Book that bears his name. The name is Hebrew in origin and means “God strengthens”. Ezekiel was one of the prophets who lived through the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. At the time, Ezekiel was an upper-class Jew who had been exiled to Babylon under the direction of Nebuchadnezzar II. God appeared to Ezekiel on a chariot flown by some rather unusual creatures called cherubim. He gave Ezekiel a scroll detailing the tragic events about to unfold for Jerusalem – and then He commanded Ezekiel to eat it. Ezekiel obeyed, symbolically swallowing the true word of God. Then God gave Ezekiel a ride back to Babylon on His strange flying machine, so that the prophet could begin his preaching to the people. After the fall of Jerusalem, Ezekiel shared his vision for the “New Jerusalem” in Ezekiel 40-48; he foretells of a future Temple where God will dwell with the people of Israel forever. Ezekiel has come to be known as a Prophet to the Exiles, and an important prophet in Jewish tradition. The name was also taken up by the Puritans during the Reformation and spread to America by way of the new colonies. Zeke developed as an English colloquial or pet form of Ezekiel.

Popularity of the Name Zeke

Zeke has never really been used as an independently given name in America. This seemed odd to us. Considering Zach is quite commonplace for Zachariah and Jake for Jacob – why not the charming Zeke for the old-school Ezekiel? Zeke has only held positions on the U.S. Top 1000 list a couple times in the history of America. He appeared here and there in the late 1800s and then never again throughout the 20th century. In fact, the name just managed to resurface and eke out a position on the Top 1000 list in 2011. Zeke is seriously underused and totally neglected. Okay, there is the possibility of schoolyard teasing over Zeke the Geek or Zeke the Freak, but that’s hardly a reason not to embrace this one-syllable powerhouse (remember, he’s the one “God strengthens”). It’s hard not to like the name Zeke. It really is. Ten times more original than Zach and Jake, don’t you think?
Popularity of the Boy Name Zeke
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Zeke

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Zeke

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Zeke

    Zeke We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Zeke.

  • Popular Songs on Zeke

    Popular Songs on Zeke

    Zeke - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Zeke.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Zeke

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Zeke

    Texas Zeke and The Longhorn (David Davis) - A cumulative tale about how difficult it can be to get home for dinner! Old Texas cowboy Zeke is just trying to get home for a bowl of chili, but to do so, he must encourage his newly purchased steer to enter the corral. He finally gets his bowl of chili, but not without the threat of more repetitive and rhythmic shenanigans. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    When Zeke the Zebra Hit the Slopes... (D. Richards) - Zeke sets out on an adventure with the determination to succeed. He heads out full speed ahead. He finds out all too quickly that the sport of skiing is full of challenges, not to mention a crash involving himself, his equipment, and pride. Zeke is soon ready to try another sport on the snow; he is not a quitter. He once again heads out only to discover that speed is not his friend, and that children can behave badly at times. Zeke has a try, try again spirit. He gives this snow sporting one more try on a snowboard. To the top he goes and wouldn't you know-Zeke is able to conquer this mountain of snow after all. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Zeke Bartholomew: Superspy! (Jason Pinter) - It all started on a day like any other. (Now I gotta deal with this guy). The sun rose. I had waffles for breakfast. I caught my dad SCRATCHING HIS BUTT. It was a rerun of pretty much every day of my life. But late that night, EVERYTHING CHANGED... One minute I'm digging through my neighbor's garbage looking for clues (long story), and the next minute I'm KIDNAPPED BY GOONS and MISTAKEN FOR A SPY. (Not to mention this guy). You might think everything I'm about to tell you is a big lie. But I promise you that THIS IS ALL TRUE. This is how the fate of the world fell into the hands of an UNIMPORTANT DORKY KID FROM NOWHERESVILLE. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Zeke Meeks vs the Horrifying TV-Turnoff Week (D.L. Green) - One of the several titles in the “Zeke Meeks” children’s book series. Many more titles available. Zeke Meeks thinks his teacher is crazy when he announces that no one can watch TV for an entire week. There is no way Zeke will survive without videogames or his favorite shows. Will he be bored enough to play with his sister? Study? Actually read for fun? Only time will tell. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Zeke Pippin (William Steig) - Bitterly disappointed when his family falls asleep as he plays his newfound harmonica, a spirited young pig runs away only to undergo harrowing adventures before he, with the aid of his magical sleep-inducing harmonica, can be reunited with his loving family. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Zeke the Cat: Zeke Goes For a Ride (Robert G DeMers) - Zeke is a mischievous tomcat who learns that teasing others has its consequences. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Zeke

    Famous People Named Zeke

    Famous People Named Zeke - Zeke Bonura (baseball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Zeke

    Children of Famous People Named Zeke

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Zeke - Neil Young (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Zeke - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Zeke

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Variations of the Baby Name - Zeke

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