Adam

From the Hebrew phrase "made of earth.” Adam is the first man, created by God on the sixth day of creation to populate the earth. This name comes from adama, the reddish clay found in the Middle East and around the Mediterranean.

Elijah (or Elias)

From the Hebrew words "Lord God.” Elijah is one of the prophets who stood up to worldly power to establish the glory of God. At the end of his life, he was taken to heaven in a chariot of fire.

Isaac

From the Hebrew phrase "he laughs.” Patriarch of the Jewish people, Isaac was born when his parents, Abraham and Sarah, were so old that his mother laughed when angels said she would conceive a child.

Jonah

From the Hebrew word "dove.” Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of a large fish, and his emergence from the fish is referenced in the Gospel as a sign of the Lord's Resurrection.

Moses

From the Hebrew phrase "saved from the waters.” Picked up in a basket on the banks of the Nile by the Pharaoh's daughter, Moses grew up to free the Hebrew people oppressed in Egypt and led them to the Promised Land.

Noah

From the Hebrew word "consolation.” Noah is a patriarch who embarked on his ark filled with animals before the Great Flood that destroyed much of the earth.

Saul

From the Hebrew word "desired.” This was the Jewish name of St. Paul before his conversion on the road to Damascus, when he changed from persecuting Christians to becoming one of the greatest missionaries of all time.

Zechariah (or Zachary)

From the Hebrew phrase "Yahweh has remembered.” Zechariah encouraged the Jews to rebuild the Temple to mark their return to God, and prophesied the coming of a Messiah.