Meaning and Origin of: Ezra

The name Ezra is of Hebrew origin and means "help."
Meaning and Origin of Ezra

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : Salvation

What does Ezra mean and stand for?

The name Ezra is of Hebrew origin and means "help." It is thought to be an abbreviation for the Hebrew phrase Azaryahu, meaning “Yah helps.”

How to pronounce "Ezra?" 

The name Ezra is pronounced: ez·ruh

Syllables: 2

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Family name origins & meanings

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

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Popularity of the name Ezra

According to Social Security Administration data, Ezra has been consistently popular, breaking the top 50 for the first time in 2019, making the jump from 430 in 2000.

However, it is the 6th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Ezra was at its peak popularity in April 2020.

Ezra led a group of 1,500 Israelites out of slavery in Babylon and back to Jerusalem in The Bible. Recently, the name invokes the images of poet Ezra Pound, political blogger Ezra Klein, co-founder of Western Union Ezra Cornell, Vampire Weekend's musician Ezra Koenig, actor Ezra Miller, and popular children's book author-illustrator Ezra Jack Keats. The name was chosen for the sons of Paul Reiser and Taylor Hanson. Ezra was also chosen for characters in Pretty Little Liars, The Moonstone, and Daniel Deronda.

Popularity of the name Ezra in the United States:

Ezra was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Ezra

  • Ra
  • Zee

Ezra pairs well with these middle names:


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