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Nehemiah is a beloved biblical baby name for boys. Common during the Puritan era of New England, this name underwent a major revival during the close of the 20th century and has remained popular ever since. Nehemiah Strayn was a character in the Ghost Brigade series, and Nehemiah Scudder was the main character in If This Goes On by science fiction pioneer Robert Heinlein. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the name Nehemiah:

Hebrew: God comforts, God consoles

Origin of the name Nehemiah:

Nehemiah derives from the Old Hebrew phrase נְחֶמְיָה (meaning “God comforts”). The root word for this name is נָחַם (nacham) and means “to comfort.”

Symbolism of the name Nehemiah:

Nehemiah is an Old Hebrew name that means “God comforts.” According to the Old Testament, Nehemiah was a governor as Persian Judea as well as a royal cup-bearer. In the Book of Nehemiah, the governor fulfills his mission of rebuilding the parts of Jerusalem destroyed during the Babylonian conquest. The symbol of Nehemiah was the temple scroll.

Style of the name Nehemiah:

Biblical, Puritan

Gender of the name Nehemiah:

Nehemiah is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Nehemiah:

nee-hi-MIE-əh

Number of syllables in the name Nehemiah:

Four

Emotion evoked from the name Nehemiah:

The name Nehemiah evokes feelings of diligence and duty.

Alternative spellings for the name Nehemiah:

  • Nechemyah
  • Nehemyah
  • Nechemiah

Nicknames for the name Nehemiah:

  • Nehem
  • Neem
  • Nemo
  • Neo 
  • Nemmy
  • Nemmie
  • Miah
  • Mimi 
  • Hem
  • Neh

Popularity of the name Nehemiah:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Nehemiah was the 378th most popular baby name for boys in 2020.

Related names for the name Nehemiah:

Great middle names for Nehemiah and their meanings:

  • Amos (borne of God, carried by God)
  • Bibek (wisdom, distinction, discernment)
  • Clement (merciful, gentle, mild)
  • Earl (nobleman, warrior, aristocrat)
  • Guillermo (helmeted protector, strong-willed warrior)
  • Haroun (high mountain, exalted, strong)
  • Issac (he who laughs, he who rejoices)
  • Matthew (gift of God)
  • Nestor (return, homecoming)
  • Paschal (born on Easter, born during Passover)
  • Raphael (God has healed)
  • Rishon (first, head, chief, beginning)
  • Zev (wolf, lupine)

Famous people with the name Nehemiah:

Nehemiah in popular culture:

  • Nehemiah Scudder (character in If This Goes On by Robert Heinlein)
  • Nehemiah Strayn (character from the Ghost Brigade series)