What does Moses mean?
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 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.
Some famous bearers of this name include: Moses Malone.
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In contrast, the year before it ranked 468 in baby name popularity for boys with 633 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 ~ Biblical Character (Ex. 2:10), Saint
- Moses Malone ~ Basketball Player
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