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Guess Who Chose Lady Gaga For His Son's Godmother?

Guess Who Chose Lady Gaga For His Son's Godmother?
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Elton John and his partner David Furnish spoke with Barbara Walters last night on 20/20 about their son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, who was born via surrogate and egg donor on Christmas Day in 2010. The couple gave the world a first look at 4-month old Zachary and revealed a few juicy tidbits about their new life as parents. They are hiring one nanny to help out, but plan to be very hands-on in raising Zachary. Elton even Skypes his nighttime lullaby via iPad when he's on the road!

We blogged about Zachary when he was first born, but his name of biblical origins is particularly relevant this weekend as the country celebrates both Passover and Easter. The name Zachary appears in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, as well as its variations Zachery, Zackary, Zackery, and Zakary.

Many biblical names have become so mainstream that it's not unusual to find them used in non-religious families who weren't necessarily intending a biblical reference. Many of the top baby names in the United States right now are originally from the bible. Current popular biblical names in the United States (and their ranking) are Jacob (#1), Michael (#2), Ethan (#3), Joshua (#4), Isabella (#2, a variant of Elizabeth, which is #9), Madison (#4 for girls, a variant of Matthew), and Abigail (#8).

Other biblical names have fallen out of fashion in American culture. When was the last time you met a baby named Drucilla, Elisheva, Gamaliel, Mehitabel, or Yehudit? (Tell us if you have!) These names don't register on the popularity charts right now, but maybe they'll come back around.

While we don't want to speculate on Elton and David's religious views, Zachary does have a godmother, none other than Lady Gaga (yes, that Lady Gaga).

Here is a full list of names from the Old Testament and the New Testament from the Baby Name Wizard. Have you chosen a biblical name for your child? Was it based on the religious significance, or solely on the sound of the name?



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April 23, 2011 6:19 PM
By <3sgc<3 (not verified)

We chose a biblical name for our daughter. It was based on many things, but religious significance and sound of the name were only 2 important factors to us. The meaning and where it fell on the popularity scale were also very important to us.

FYI, in the animated "Cinderella", one of the stepsisters is named Drucilla.

April 23, 2011 9:49 PM
By Missy (not verified)

I live in New York and though Elisheva is not a common name it was 141st in popularity in 2009 in NYC. More popular than Clementine, Kristin, and Cora.

I think the evil stepsister was Drizella... Like drizzle.

April 24, 2011 3:13 PM
By Mir (not verified)

We gave both our sons biblical names not in the top 20. We liked the sound of the names and that they were classic and not made-up.

April 26, 2011 12:05 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I liked the idea of giving my son a Biblical name for the sake of cultural identity. I also like more traditional rather than modern names. We chose Jonas (a Greek variant of Jonah, popular in Germany, so it also harkens to my German heritage) because it would be common enough that people would know how to pronounce and spell it, but not so common that there'd be three Jonases in every class. Everyone who's heard it loves the name, and he's only gotten confused with Jonah once.

April 26, 2011 8:09 PM
By shadelit (not verified)

We avoided biblical names, but I gotta say I love the name Mehitabel. Some of the lesser-used biblical names are really beautifully constructed.

Anonymous 12:05 I like the name Jonas and did consider it for my own son.

August 13, 2012 1:30 AM
By Gia Ragan (not verified)

These names don't register on the popularity charts right now, but maybe they'll come back around.

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