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Origin & Meaning

The name Moses is of Hebrew origin.

The meaning of Moses is "drawn from the water".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 487 in baby name popularity for boys with 573 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Moses Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Moses has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Moses to other names.


Moses (מֹשֶׁה - Moshe) is one of the most important prophets in Judaism as he is responsible for leading the Jewish people from slavery unto Pharoah to freedom. He is also considered an important prophet in Christianity, Islam and other religions.

The name itself is of uncertain derivation. Some etymologists believe it is based on the Hebrew mashah meaning "drew out" while others believe it may derive from the Egyptian mes, meaning "son".

The story of Moses begins in the Book of Exodus. Due to a decree to kill all newborn Hebrew boys, his mother Jochebed, sets him adrift on the River Nile where he is found and adopted by the Pharoah's daughter.

As a young adult, Moses kills an Egyptian slave-master and is forced to flee west. He stops in Midian where he marries Zipporah a daughter of Hobab and becomes a shepherd. It is here, as a shepherd where the lord first speaks to Moses through a burning bush.

G-d commands Moses to return to Egypt and convince the Pharoah to free the Israelites from bondage. After the deliverance of 10 plagues upon Egypt the Pharoah agrees.

Moses leads the Israelites to the foot of Mount Sinai where he receives the Ten Commandments from G-d. During the 40 day period Moses is on Mount Sinai, the Israelites begin to lose faith in him and start to worship a golden idol. Due to their loss of faith, the Israelites are sent to wander the desert for 40 years before being delivered to the promised land.

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Related Names

The names Moesen, Moises, Moishe, Moke, Moshe, Moss, Mozes are all forms of Moses.

Other Tidbits

Moses falls into the name categories biblical, water.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Moses Malone.

Name Fun

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Hebrew names have their origins in either the Old Testament or modern Hebrew vocabulary.

Local language versions of biblical names of Hebrew origin such as Hannah and David are still widely internationally popular today.

Modern Hebrew names are often derived from Hebrew vocabulary, for example Aviva (spring) and Dov (bear).

Children of Jewish heritage are usually given a Hebrew name for religious purposes and are sometimes also given a local language version of that name for secular purposes.

By custom, Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of German or Eastern European descent) name their children after deceased relatives. This is in order to honor the deceased relative, keep their name and memory alive, and to form a bond between the soul of the baby and the deceased relative so that they can live on within the newer generation.

Sephardic Jews (Jews of Spain, Portugal and the Middle East) in contrast, name their children after living relatives or deceased relatives. The father's parents names are generally used first and then the mother's parents names.

Neither Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jews will name a baby after one of the parents.

After a child is born, the father is given an aliyah (religious honor to bless the reading of the Torah). After this a blessing is said for the health of the mother and child. If the baby is a girl, she is named at this time. If the baby is a boy, he will be named during his brit milah (ritual circumcision) generally eight days after birth.