Ezra Name Meaning & Origin

Ezra

Pronunciation: EHZ-rə (key)

Origin of the name Ezra:

Derived from the Hebrew ezrā (help). The name is borne in the Bible by a Hebrew prophet and religious reformer of the 5th century B.C. His story and prophecies are recorded in the Old Testament book of Ezra.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Ezra: | Edit

Ezra and Reza are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Personal experiences with the name Ezra: | Edit

"Two years ago (in 2015) I got my 3rd son; we named him Ezra.
Both, my mother and my husband are huge Star Wars fans. They suggested we name him after Ezra Bridger, the Star Wars Rebels character. Now, I am not a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise and let me tell you, I am not the type to give my babies weird names. My first son's name is Richard and my second's son name is Lucas.
I really liked the sound of Ezra and I knew the character from the series. I really liked him and his story arc! After finding out the meaning of the name from my mother I had no doubts about naming our baby Ezra. Ezra's a biblical name and it means "help/er". We're not a religious family. Luckily... good for us... the name is timeless and mainstreamizing, which removes the biblical context! On top of that it doesn't sound weird; it sounds nice! And masculine! We had been very careful in our selection process and we're very happy to have named our son Ezra.
If you're thinking about naming your baby boy Ezra, I say... go for it! It's and amazing name, a powerful name! We've only been getting compliments.
The name Ezra is very popular right now, it's been the number 1 name for boys this year and the year before; even with its popularity, the name accounts for only 0.2% of the names given to babies, which is why we aren't afraid of there being a million Ezra's in the neighborhood in a decade from now. The meaning of Ezra is something else, it's beautiful. "

"I named my son Ezra. I love the name, but wasn't prepared for every other person we met when he was a baby assuming it was a girl's name. I thought it was too old and solidly masculine to be confusing, but apparently the -a ending was too much for some people. Also, people here in the South seemed to have never heard of it--I would say "Ezra," and they would say "Israel?" "Asriel?" "Asra?" I had to go through my, "You know, like Ezra Jack Keats? Ezra Pound? Ezra in the Bible?" speech to more blank looks than I expected. Still, I wouldn't change it--it's a beautiful, strong old name with a lot of tradition and it appears to be making a comeback."

"My son is named Ezra Martin. Never really heard of anyone named that until the last few years. He was named after my Great-Grandfather Ezra who is from Germany and my Great Grandfather Martin who is from Spain."

"I have not only heard it from the Bible, I have heard it in older movies like the name of somebody's father. I have read it in books too, books like "Little House on the Prairie" and other old-timey books. The Ez sound definitely makes it sound masculine to me. I cannot think of it as a girl's name."

Nicknames for Ezra: | Edit

Ez, Ezzy, Razz, Ray, RahRah, Ezrahrah, Ezzro, Ezzer, Ceza

Meanings and history of the name Ezra: | Edit

Hebrew - helper / help

Famous real-life people named Ezra: | Edit

Ezra Miller (American actor), known for his portrayal of the obscurial wizard Credence Barebone in Fantastic Beasts. His other prominent movie appearances include roles in City Island, Another Happy Day, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Perks of Being a Wallflower;
Ezra Pound (American modernist poet & critic), a major figure in the early modernist movement;
Ezra Cornell (American businessman and philanthropist), founder of Western Union and Cornell University;
Ezra Jack Keats, (American children's book author and illustrator), known for The Snowy Day, which is considered one of the most important American books of the 20th century;
Ezra Koenig (American musician, singer, songwriter, and radio personality), lead singer and guitarist for indie rock band Vampire Weekend;
Ezra Taft Benson, former President (Prophet) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church);

Ezra in song, story & screen: | Edit

Ezra Bridger (animated character), Jedi Padawan & the main character on Disney XD's animated TV show "Star Wars Rebels";
Ezra (prophet). The authorship of the book of Ezra is attributed to Ezra, an Old Testament major prophet and scribe, who led the second group of Jews returning from Babylon to Jerusalem;
Ezra Fitz (character), English teacher and Aria's secret fling on "Pretty Little Liars", an american mystery thriller TV show;
Better than Ezra (band), an american alternative-rock trio;

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