Moses (given name)

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Moses (Greek: Μωϋσῆς),[NB 1] Moishe (Yiddish: משה‎),[NB 2] or Moshe (Hebrew: משה‎),[NB 3] is a male given name, after the biblical figure Moses.

According to the Torah, the name "Moses" comes from the Hebrew verb, meaning "to pull out/draw out" [of water], and the infant Moses was given this name by Pharaoh's daughter after rescuing him from the Nile (Exodus 2:10)[1]

People with this name[edit]

Ancient times[edit]


  • Moses (bishop) (c. 389), saint, first Arab bishop of the Arab people
  • Moses the Black (330–405), saint, ascetic monk and priest in Egypt, a Desert Father
  • Moses of Chorene (5th century; Armenian: Մովսես Խորենացի, Movsēs Xorenac‘i), Armenian historian, "father of Armenian history"
  • Moses of Kalankatuyk (7th century; Armenian: Մովսէս Կաղանկատուացի, Movses Kaġankatvac’i), Armenian historian
  • Moses the Calm (8th century; Arabic: موسى الكاظم‎, Mūsá al-Kādhim), Twelver Shia imam
  • Moses the Hungarian (990s–1043; Russian: Моисей Угрин, Moisey Ugrin), Russian saint
  • Moses ibn Ezra (1070–1138), Jewish, Spanish philosopher
  • Moses Kimhi (died c. 1190), medieval rabbi from Hachmei Provence, Occitania (modern France)
  • Moses Maimonides (1135–1204), Spanish rabbi, physician, and philosopher
  • Moses de León (c. 1250–1305; Hebrew: משה בן שם-טוב‎, Moshe ben Shem-Tov), Spanish rabbi who is thought to have composed the Zohar

Early modern to 18th century[edit]

  • Moses ben Jacob Cordovero (1522–1570; Hebrew: משה קורדובירו‎, Moshe Kordovero), a central figure in the historical development of Kabbalah, also known as Ramak (רמ״ק)
  • Moses Isserles (1530–1572; Hebrew: משה בן ישראל איסרלישׂ‎, Polish: Mojżesz ben Israel Isserles), Polish Ashkenazic rabbi and talmudist
  • Moses Amyraut (1596–1664; also Moïse Amyraut), French theologian and metaphysician
  • Moyses Hill (died 1629), English army officer who settled in Ireland
  • Moses Cordovero (17th century), Italian physician
  • Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (1707–1746; Hebrew: משה חיים לוצאטו‎), Italian rabbi and poet, also known as Ramchal (רמח״ל
  • Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1786), German Jewish philosopher
  • Moses Robinson (1741–1813), judge, governor, and senator from Vermont
  • Moses Cleaveland (1754–1806), surveyor of the Connecticut Land Company
  • Moses Sofer (1762–1839; Yiddish: משה סופר‎), a leading Orthodox rabbi of European Jewry in the early 19th century
  • Moses Montefiore (1784–1885), sheriff of London


  • Moses Alexander (1853–1932), former governor of Idaho
  • Moisés Alou (born 1966), American baseball player
  • Moses Barrett III (born 1973), African–American hip hop artist, better known by his stage name Petey Pablo
  • Moshe Bejski (1921–2007; Hebrew: משה בייסקי‎), Israeli judge
  • Moysés Blás (born 1937), Brazilian Olympic basketball medallist
  • Moses Bloom (1833–1893), American politician, the first Jewish mayor of a major American city (Iowa City, Iowa)
  • Moses Brown (basketball) (born 1999), American basketball player
  • Moshe Czerniak (1910–1984; Hebrew: משה צ'רניאק‎), Israeli chess master
  • Moshe Dayan (1915–1981; Hebrew: משה דיין‎), Israeli military leader and politician
  • Moses J. Epstein (c. 1911–1960), New York assemblyman
  • Moses Jacob Ezekiel (1844–1917), American sculptor
  • Moses Harrison (1932–2013), American jurist
  • Moses Hess (1812–1875), early Zionist
  • Moses Hogan (1957–2003), American composer and arranger of spirituals
  • Moe Howard (born Moses Horwitz; 1897–1975), one of the Three Stooges
  • Moses Hurvitz (1844–1910), Galician–born Jewish playwright
  • Moses Isegawa (born 1963), Ugandan author
  • Moshe Ivgy (born 1953; Hebrew: משה איבגי‎), Israeli actor
  • Moshe Kasher (born 1979), American comedian
  • Moshe Katsav (born 1945; Hebrew: משה קצב‎), Israeli-Iranian president of Israel
  • Moshe Kotlarsky (Hebrew: משה קוטלרסקי‎, Chabad rabbi and spokesman
  • Moses Malone (1955–2015), NBA basketball player
  • Moses Martin, the son of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
  • Moses Mbye (born 1993), Australian Rugby League player of Gambian descent
  • Moshe Mizrahi (basketball) (born 1980; Hebrew: משה מזרחי‎), Israeli basketball player
  • Moša Pijade (1890–1957; Serbian Cyrillic: Мoшa Пиjaдe), prominent Yugoslav communist and statesman of Sephardic Jewish origin
  • Moshe Ponte (born 1956; Hebrew: משה פונטה‎), Israeli Olympic judoka and President of the Israel Judo Association
  • Moses Regular (born 1971), American football player
  • Moses Rosen (1912–1994), Romanian rabbi
  • Moses Josef Rubin, (1892–1980), Hasidic Jewish cleric in Romania and, later, in New York City
  • Moses Russell, (1888–1946) Welsh footballer
  • Moshe Safdie (born 1938), Israeli–Canadian architect
  • Moshe Sharett (1894–1965; Hebrew: משה שרת‎, born Moshe Shertok, משה שרתוק, Моше́ Черток), Israeli Prime Minister, 1954–1955
  • Moshe Sharon (born 1937; Hebrew: משה שרון‎), Israeli historian of Islam
  • Moses Sherman (1853–1932), land developer in California
  • Moshe Y. Vardi (born 1954; Hebrew: משה ורדי‎), Israeli computer scientist and professor of Computer Science at Rice University
  • Moshe Wallach (1866–1957), founder and director of Shaare Zedek Hospital, Jerusalem
  • Moshe Weinberg (1939–1972; Hebrew: משה ויינברג‎), Israeli Olympic wrestling coach killed in the Munich massacre
  • Moses M. Weinstein (1912–2007), New York politician
  • Moshe Wilensky (1910–1997; Hebrew: משה וילנסקי‎‎), Polish–born Israeli composer
  • Moshe Ya'alon (born 1950; Hebrew: משה יעלון‎), Israeli general and politician

Fictional characters[edit]


Other uses[edit]

  • Moishe's, a steakhouse and supermarket food product brand from Montreal, Canada
  • Moshe's, a chain of restaurants and cafés in Mumbai, India


  1. ^ from Latin and Greek
  2. ^ from Yiddish
  3. ^ from Modern Hebrew


See also[edit]