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Moses Meaning


What does Moses mean?

The name Moses is of Hebrew origin.

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

Moses is generally used as a boy's name.

It consists of 5 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Mo-ses.

The Given Name Moses

The name Moses is an anglicized form of the biblical Hebrew Moshe (מֹשֶׁה).

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".

As told in the Book of Exodus, Moses is responsible for leading the Jewish people from slavery unto Pharoah to freedom. He is an important prophet in all of the "Abrahamic religions".

In the story, due to a decree to kill all newborn Hebrew boys, Moses is set adrift on the Nile where he is found by the Pharoah's daughter.

As an adult, he learns of his true identity but must flee west after killing an Egyptian slave-master. He becomes a shepherd and marries but is instructed by G-d to return to Egypt to convince the Pharoah to free the Israelites. After the deliverance of 10 plagues, the Pharoah agrees.

Moses leads the Israelites to the foot of Mount Sinai where he receives the Ten Commandments. While there, the Israelites begin to lose faith and start to worship a golden idol causing G-d to send them to wander the desert for 40 years before delivering them to the promised land.

Moses falls into the name categories biblical, water.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Moses Malone.

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Moses Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 499 in baby name popularity for boys with 573 occurrences. Less than 5 girls were given the name.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 473 in baby name popularity for boys with 626 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 Related Names

Moses is a form of Moshe.

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

Famous Mosess

  • Moses ~ Biblical Character (Ex. 2:10), Saint
  • Moses Malone ~ Basketball Player

Moses Numerology

What will your new littleMoses be like?

It may all be in the numbers.

The numbers that make up your child's name.

Numerology may give you some insight.

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Moses Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Moses in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Moses.

Just for fun, see the name Moses in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Moses in Nautical Flags page.