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Updated May 1, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

What does Ezra mean and stand for?


  • Hebrew: Help

Gender: Unisex

Syllables: 2

Pronunciation: The name Ezra is pronounced ez-ruh

Boy name variations

How Popular Is The Name Ezra

Family name origins & meanings

Jewish: from the Hebrew personal name Ezra, meaning "help." Ezra was a Biblical prophet of the 5th century B.C. who played an important role in the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile.

Famous people who gave their babies this name

Ezra in Pop Culture

Do you know these fictional characters that share this first name?

  • Ezra Fitz from Pretty Little Liars - A high school English teacher with a mysterious past, entangled in a complicated relationship.
  • Ezra Bridger from Star Wars Rebels - A young and resourceful Jedi-in-training, fighting against the Empire in the galaxy far, far away.
  • Ezra Standish from The Magnificent Seven - A dapper and eloquent gambler with a penchant for the finer things in life, skilled in negotiations and subterfuge.
  • Ezra Cohen from Imposters - A recently widowed man who discovers his wife is a con artist and goes on a quest to find her.
  • Ezra Miller from Royal Pains - A socialite with a mysterious illness, challenging the assumptions of those around him.

Popularity of the Name Ezra

According to the Social Security Administration, the name Ezra has seen a significant surge in popularity in the United States. It has steadily climbed the rankings over the past decade and, as of the latest data, is now among the top 100 names for boys. This reflects a growing trend where classical and biblical names are being revived by modern parents looking for unique yet meaningful names for their children.

Ezra, originally a Hebrew name meaning "help" or "helper," has historical significance with Ezra the Scribe, a central figure in Judaism known for leading the return from Babylonian exile and authoring several books of the Bible.

In addition to its deep historical and religious roots, the name has gained contemporary fame through various actors, writers, and notable fictional characters such as Ezra Fitz in Pretty Little Liars, Ezra Bridger in Star Wars Rebels, and others, underscoring its widespread appeal and versatility.

Where Is the Name Ezra Popular?

This name is most popular across certain states in the U.S., including those highlighted on the map below.

Nicknames for Ezra

These shortened names can make great nicknames for your baby.

  • Ra
  • Zee

Ezra Pairs Well With These Middle Names

These shortened names can make great nicknames for your baby.

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