Many people like to name their boys after people in the Bible. Some names are relatively common such as David, Jesse, Daniel, Matthew, Timothy, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, and Peter. These parents aren't trying very hard.
The more adventurous parents start mining the Old Testament prophets for names like Hosea, Joel, Amos, Micah, Nathaniel, Zechariah, Jonah and Jeremiah. They should be commended for trying to be a little different.
I'd like to see parents step up, do a "Barry*" and knock one into the bay. How about some kids named Nahum, Naggai, or Esli. Imagine the fun at school when the teacher reads off the names Maath, Semein, or Joda. How many kids do you know who are named Melki, Cosam, or Eliakim? Not very many, I'll bet. Amminadab, Ram, and Terah - these names rise to the top of the stack of college applications. I'll wager that Arphaxad, Mahalalel, and Methuselah won't see their names everyday.
It's a big Bible, folks. Let's get a little creative. Who's with me?