The meanings of the below Biblical names comes from either Strong's Concordance, Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Definitions, or Thayer's Greek Definitions. The list also includes the verses where each of the unusual names can be found.
I will be silent and poor
Also known as Xerxes, Ahasuerus was the son of Persian King Darius I. Ahasuerus was anything but silent or poor during his life, as he ruled over the ancient world's most powerful and largest empire for twenty years!
Ezra 4:6, Esther 1 - 3, 6 - 10, Daniel 9:1
Wicked, to stink
Baasha was the Kingdom of Israel's third ruler. He ascended to the throne by murdering the second monarch named Nadab. His bloody reign of 22 years, during which he killed all those of the royal household (1Kings 15:27 - 29), required God's intervention to stop.
1Kings 15 - 16, 21:22, 2Kings 9:9, 2Chronicles 16, Jeremiah 41:9
Ezra 2:11, 8:11, 10:28, Nehemiah 7:16, 10:15
Bildad was one of Job's three "friends" who consistently criticized him after he experienced unparalleled calamities brought to him by Satan the devil!
Job 2:11, 8:1, 18:1, 25:1, 42:9
Twice-wicked Cushan or
Cushan double wickedness
At seventeen letters this is the second longest personal name in Scripture.
Chushanrishathaim was a Mesopotamia king whom God allowed, for eight years, to harass and dominate Israel as correction for their sins (Judges 3:8).
Judges 3:8, 10
Son of stabbing
Dekar's son was one of King Solomon's twelve provincial officers.
Gareb was the name of one of King David's thirty-seven mighty men who were extraordinary warriors.
2Samuel 23:38, 1Chronicles 11:40
Goliath was a gigantic man who, from his youth, was trained in the art of killing. Raised in a pagan culture that lived for battle, he became the greatest warrior of the Philistines. He was the man who challenged the young King David to a fight to the death. Splendor is hardly the word to describe a killing machine like Goliath!
1Samuel 17, 21:9, 22:10, 21:19, 1Chronicles 20:5
Village of death
Hazarmaveth, a son of Jokthan, was a descendant of Shem who survived the great flood.
Genesis 10:26, 1Chronicles 1:20
Jambres was one of the two Egyptian magicians who opposed Moses and Aaron's efforts to free the Israelites from Egyptian slavery.
Swift is booty, speedy is prey
Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest personal name in the Bible at eighteen characters! It was a name God himself gave to a prophetess' son.
Isaiah 8:1, 3
Abigail, Nabal's wife, was well aware she married a man who was a fool (1Samuel 25:25)! His foolish treatment of King's David's messengers almost got him and his family killed and all he owned destroyed. It was Abigail who saved the day by stepping in and pleading mercy in spite of her husband's foolishness.
1Samuel 25:3 - 39, 27:3, 30:5, 2Samuel 2:2, 3:3
Narcissus, in the first century A.D., was a Christian living in Rome.
Nereus and his sister, who lived in Rome, hosted a group of Christians in the city who met for Sabbath services.
Zaccheus, for much of his life, was anything but pure! As a tax collector in Jericho he grew quite wealthy through theft, extortion and other means of dishonest gain (Luke 3:12 - 13, 19:7 - 8). It was only when Jesus met him that he repented and pledged to turn his life around.
Luke 19:2 - 8