Origin: Biblical Hebrew בֹּעַז
Meaning: “strength; swiftness.”
The name appears several times throughout the Bible, in the Old Testament it is the name of the husband of Ruth, traditionally believed by Christians to be a direct ancestor of Jesus. It is also the name of one of the columns in Solomon’s Temple.
The name also appears in the Book of Mormon as the name of a city in which the Nephites won a battle against the Lamanites.
As of 2010, its Scandinavian form of Boas was the 5th most popular male name in the Faroe Islands, while its specifically Faroese relative of Bóas was the 9th most popular.
In the Netherlands, Boaz was the 78th most popular male name, (2010).
Other forms of the name include:
- Booz (Basque/Catalan/Indonesian/Latin: Biblical/Polish/Spanish)
- Boaz Бо́аз (Dutch/English/French/Polish/Portuguese/Ukrainian)
- Bóas (Faroese/Icelandic)
- Boas (German/Scandinavian)
- Boós Βοόζ Вооз (Greek/Russian)