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Quiz: Male Given Names – their Meaning and History

How much do you know about the history and meaning behind these boys’ names? Share your experience and results below 🙂

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    The most common given name in the world is Muhammad (مُحَمَّد‎), which, including spelling variations, is borne by some 150 million men and boys. Its literal meaning in Arabic is…

    • Praiseworthy
    • Inspired
    • Beautiful
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    The name Peter comes to us from Greek Petros (πέτρος) meaning…

    • Sailor
    • Rock
    • Lighthouse
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    In South Africa in 2015, the most commonly given male names were, third: Gift, second: Blessing, first:

    • Bruce
    • Prince
    • Junior
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    In 2015, the most commonly given male name in Canada was an Irish version of William. It is:

    • Guillermo
    • Wilhelm
    • Liam
  • Question of

    The name Samuel, meaning ‘Name of God’, or ‘God has heard’ originates from…

    • Arabic
    • Aramaic
    • Hebrew
  • Question of

    Ian, Owen, Seán, Ivan, Giovanni and Juan are all variants of which common name?

    • Jacob
    • James
    • John
  • Question of

    Which common Muslim male name means “Servant of God”?

    • Ahmad
    • Abdullah
    • Hussein
  • Question of

    What name, or a variant thereof, originating from the Greek for ‘farmer’, has been the most popular male name in recent years in Georgia and Greece?

    • George
    • Dimitri
    • Lukas
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    Joseph/Yusuf is a common name in both the Muslim and western worlds. It derives from a ____ term meaning “He will increase”

    • Turkish
    • Latin
    • Hebrew
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    Which angel’s name is the most popular boy’s name in Luxembourg and Monaco in recent years?

    • Gabriel
    • Cherubim
    • Elohim


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