Ezra Name Meaning & Origin

Ezra

Pronunciation: EHZ-rə (key)

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Ezra is a predominantly a Male namesake, it means "help" or "helped". Ezra, a Jewish man, was sent by the King of Persia from Babylon to Jerusalem to enforce the laws of God (Torah).

My brother and his wife named my niece Ezra, not my cup of tea, but there are people out there with much more odd or ostentatious names. To each his own I suppose. Just thought I'd give the true meaning and origin of the name. The previous mention of flowers may be interpreted by the Rabbinic tradition of Ezra that is metaphorically referred to as the "flowers that appear on the earth" signifying the springtime in the national history of Judaism.

Also, I have a gender ambiguous name and do not find it helps me more in the work force, articles are only articles. I wouldn't base an argument on an article as sometimes they can be bias and an opinion. No one needs to defend their name choice for their children. You chose it because you liked it, simple. If it happens to be a name usually used for the opposite gender so what.

Like the great sayings go, "Opinions are like ***holes, everyone has one!" " One man's trash is as another man's treasure." "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

Leave it for the males.

My daughter is named Ezra, and it can be a girl's name as well, at least according to every baby name book and website I have looked at. It fits her well--- it's a beautiful, musical sounding name, and means, "happy, strong, and helpful". And I didn't want a flowery, princess name for my daughter, I wanted her to be able to define her personality based on her character, which then the name becomes an extension of that, characterized by HER and not the other way around. I have had my fair share of people asking, "Isn't that a boy's name?" but I have to say it's mostly older people asking that and young parents and kids love it and ask no questions. And by the way... I just read an article that girls who have gender-ambiguous or masculine-sounding names get hired more often, so there's one more affirmation for me that I did well by my daughter giving her the bold and strong name, Ezra. Still love it and no regrets.

Too masculine-sounding for me! And what if she ends up marrying a guy named Ezra?

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

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I named my daughter Ezra Louise. While I was raised in the church, my husband wasn't and when he suggested it, he had no idea it was a male name and when I told him, he said "well I didn't know that and it sounds like a girl's name to me and you love George Ezra's music so I figured you'd say yes". And yeah good argument, because that's what she's named! I think I've had maybe one person before she was born ask if it was a boy's name and I said yes. Spoiler alert: no one cares about what gender a name belongs to! Audrey and Aubrey and Ashley used to be exclusively male names and they had their time of switching. Now Ezra (almost a dead name) is coming back as a female name. Get over it!

Nicknames for Ezra: | Edit

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In the bible there is a male Ezra.
Ezra Pound, poet (male).
Ezra Jack Keats, writer and artist (male).
Ezra Cornell, founder of Cornell University (male)

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