Let’s Do the Time Warp: 35 Phoenician Names

Let’s Do the Time Warp: 35 Phoenician Names

The Phoenicians were an ancient civilization located in the Eastern Mediterranean. Their trade network and innovations in industry and agriculture are thought to have set the foundation for Classical Western civilization (i.e., the Romans and Ancient Greeks).

While not very commonly used in modern society, their naming practices are interesting to consider, especially if you are looking for a unique name for your child. Phoenician names typically referred to a deity as parents believed that the god included in their child’s name would influence their future. The best known of their gods is Ba’al but there were also several others like Hamon, Astarte, and Melqart.

Phoenician names are mostly portmanteaus combining the name of a god with a prefix like Abd- as in Abdhamon, meaning ‘servant of Hamon’, and Hanni- meaning ‘favored by’ as in Hannibal (favored by Ba’al). Other examples are Eshmounhiles, meaning ‘Eshmoun has saved’ and Ummashtart, meaning ‘Astarte is my mother’.

You could take this idea to create your own name based on the deity you follow and create a truly unique Phoenician-style name for your child. However, if this doesn’t appeal to you, there are other names unconnected to a deity, such as Ahumm, meaning ‘brother of the sea’.

Abdhamon

Meaning: Servant of Hamon
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Abibaal

Meaning: Baal is my father
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Abirami

Meaning: God-father is elated
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Adon

Meaning: Lord
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Adonibaal

Meaning: Baal is my lord
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Ahinadab

Meaning: My god-brother was noble
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Ahirom

Meaning: God-brother is elated
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Ahumm

Meaning: Brother of the sea
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Anath

Meaning: Singer
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Girl

Asherah

Meaning: Grove
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Girl

Astarte

Meaning: Grove
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Girl

Athirat

Meaning: Earth
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Girl

Azmelqart

Meaning: Melqart is powerful
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Baalat

Meaning: Lady, Mistress
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Girl

Baaliahon

Meaning: So that Baal favors
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Baaliaton

Meaning: Baal has given
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Barekbaal

Meaning: Baal has blessed
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Batnoam

Meaning: Son (daughter) of charm
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Unisex

Bōdashtart

Meaning: From the hand of Astarte
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Dido

Meaning: Virgin, Wanderer
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Girl

Eshmounhilles

Meaning: Eshmoun has saved
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Eshmouniaton

Meaning: Eshmoun has given
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Hannibal

Meaning: Favored by Ba’al
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Itthobaal

Meaning: Baal is with him
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Melqart

Meaning: Phoenician god and patron deity of the city of Tyre
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Melita

Meaning: Bitter
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Girl

Nikkal

Meaning: Great lady
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Girl

Paltibaal

Meaning: My refuge is Baal
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Shapash

Meaning: Sun
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Girl

Sikarbaal

Meaning: Baal has remembered
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Tanit

Meaning: Stab, Pierce
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Girl

Ummashtart

Meaning: Astarte is my mother
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Urumilki

Meaning: Milki is my light
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Yada’milk

Meaning: Milk has known
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy

Yehomilk

Meaning: So that Milk makes life
Origin: Phoenician
Gender: Boy