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Names play a variety of roles in the Bible. They sometimes relate to the nominee's role in a biblical narrative, as in the case of Nabal, a foolish man whose name means "fool". Names in the Bible can represent human hopes, divine revelations, or are used to illustrate prophecies.[clarification needed]
Most popular names
During the period 330 BCE -- 200 CE, the most common male names in Palestine were:
6. Jesus (Yeshua)
During this period, the most common female names were:
Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible – for which later editions contain A complete list of Scripture Proper Names as in the Authorised and Revised Versions, showing their modern pronunciation and the exact form of the original Hebrew by Wm. B. Stevenson.