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Boy Name: Moses

Name: Moses
Pronunciation: \m(o)-ses\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: saviour
Origin: Hebrew
Sounds Like: Masos
Variant forms: Mioshe, Mioshye, Mo, Moe, Moise, Moises, Mose, Moshe, Mosheh, Mosiah, Mosie, Mosie, Moss, Moyses, Mozes
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 472
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 620


Moses \m(o)-ses\ as a boy's name is pronounced MOH-ziz. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Moses is "saviour". 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. Moss is an English medieval form of Moses. Moises (moh-EE-says) is a Spanish form; Moshe is Hebrew. Mosiah probably is a blend of Moses and Josiah. Israeli defense minister Moshe Dayan.

Moses has 15 variant forms: Mioshe, Mioshye, Mo, Moe, Moise, Moises, Mose, Moshe, Mosheh, Mosiah, Mosie, Mosie, Moss, Moyses and Mozes.

A baby name that sounds like Moses is Masos.

View a list of the 8 names that reference Moses.


Moses is a very popular first name for men (#472 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#620 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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