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What does Moses mean?

Moses Pronunciation of Moses 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH savior (defender), water, biblical, river, great, leader, scholar (philosopher), moorish (dark), sultan (king), arabic, law (just), puritans, 17th century


VARIANTS Mioshe, Mioshye, Mo, Moe, Moise, Moises, Mose, Moshe, Mosheh, Mosiah, Mosie, Mosie, Moss, Moyses, Mozes


(male) Meses, ..

(female) Mois, ..

Moses Braylon (M.B.), ..

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)

Moses reached its top rank of #159 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #499. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Moses name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Moses outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Moses (#499 IN 2018) are Moe, Moises (#462), Mose, Moshe (#535) and Moss. Usage of these relations of Moses was well-received among parents during 1880-1889 (AVERAGE #1290) and is somewhat less today (#1249, 29.7%), with forms like Mose becoming less trendy. Moses has been the most prevalent, although Moshe seems to be getting popular too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Moses, Moe, Moises, Mose, Moshe, Moss in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Moses and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Moses is alike in pronunciation to Masos. Other recommended sound-alike names are Jones, Mayes, Miles, Montes, More, Morey, Moris, Morse, Mosaed and Myles. These names tend to be less commonly used than Moses.

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