Moses is the name of a major figure in the Bible who led the enslaved Israelites out of Egypt; he is also an important figure in Christianity and Islam. When he was a baby the Pharaoh ordered that all male Hebrew babies be killed; his mother placed him in a basket and hid in the reeds of a river, where he was later found and adopted by the daughter of the Pharaoh (in Islam she is his wife, not his daughter).
The name is of uncertain etymology. It’s often been linked to Hebrew moshe meaning “draw out (of water)”, a reference to his being found in the river, but that seems to be folk etymology. It’s possible that the name may be Egyptian in origin meaning “to give birth” or “child, son” deriving from an Egyptian root word.
Moses is also a surname originating from the given name.
Origin: uncertain, possibly Egyptian
- Moishe (Yiddish)
- Moshe (Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew)
- Moyses (Biblical Latin)
- Mouses (Biblical Greek)
- Moussa (Arabic, Western African)
- Musa (Arabic, Turkish, Persian)
- Mozes (Dutch)
- Moïse (French)
- Mose (German)
- Mózes (Hungarian)
- Moisés (Spanish, Portuguese)
- Moisey (Russian)