What does Moses mean?
Moses /mo-ses/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced MOH-ziz. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Moses is "savior".
Also possibly (Hebrew) "drawn out of the water". Biblical: name of the Hebrew infant pulled out of the River Nile and adopted by the Egyptian Pharoah's daughter. Moses later became the great leader of the exiled Israelites. Moses ben Maimon (12th century), also known as Maimonides, was a Jewish scholar born in Moorish Spain. He was the court physician of Saladin, the Sultan of Egypt, and was famous for his writings (in both Hebrew and Arabic) on logic, mathematics, medicine, law and Jewish theology. The name Moses was adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century, and is popular in Jewish families. Israeli defense minister Moshe Dayan.
Moses has 1 feminine form: Moselle.Kreatif forms: Meses, Mises, Monses. [more]
How popular is Moses?
Moses is a very popular first name for males (#472 out of 1220, Top 39%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#858 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Moses for boys. Moses reached its top rank of #159 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #487. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Prominent alternative forms of Moses (#487 in 2014) are Moe, Moises (#460 in 2014), Mose and Moshe (#557). Usage of these boy names reached its peak during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.3276%) and is almost as widespread today (usage 0.2992%, ▼8.7%), but with the forms Mose and Moses becoming less trendy. Moises (#460) and Moshe (#557) are two of the more fashionable names for newborns in this compilation. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Moses and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Moses▼ is alike in pronunciation to Masos. This name tends to be less commonly used than Moses.