God Will Give You a New Name

If you’re ever on the island of Anglesey, Wales, be sure and visit a town with one of the longest names in the English language.

It’s the quaint little village named Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. No joke. (The short form is Llanfairpwllgwyngyll).

Click play to hear a Welsh speaker pronounce the name:

God Will Give You a New Name

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The name means: “The Church of St. Mary in a hollow of white hazel, near to the rapid whirlpool, and to St. Tisilio Church, near to a red cave.”

As strange as that mouthful may seem, it strikes me as quite biblical. A name in the Bible is often a description of the person himself or herself—or of what the parents would like their child to become.

God gives names as well. Even more significant is when He changes a name.

In fact, did you know God will give you a new name?

What’s in a Name? Plenty.

Have you ever found out what your name means?

  • My wife’s name means: “Pure.”
  • My brother’s means: “Gift of God.”
  • You know what my name means? It means: “Wagon Maker.” (Hey, at least I’m not walking.)

More significant than a name given at birth occurs when God changes a name. Abraham, Sarah, (Jacob) Israel, and Peter are a few of the new names the Lord gave to people.

When God changes a name, it indicates that something new has happened or will happen to that person—a new relationship, a new character quality, or a new phase of life. We see this somewhat today when a wife takes the name of her husband. It represents a change in her life, both in the eyes of God and of society.

Simon’s New Name: Peter

My favorite name change in the Bible is Peter. His original name, Simon, is a Greek nickname that means: “snub-nosed.” (And you thought “wagon maker” was bad!) Actually, Simon is a derivative of the Hebrew name, Simeon, which means: “God has heard.”

Jesus changed Simon’s name the moment they met. Jesus looked at him, and said:

You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas (which is translated Peter). —John 1:42

Peter means: “Rock.” Jesus later revealed how Peter would be a rock:

  • Peter’s great confession at Caesarea Philippi that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” represented the bedrock upon which Jesus promised to build his church (Matthew 16:16-18).
  • Peter’s repentance after his failure would enable him, in the words of Jesus, “when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32).

The Lord saw past Simon’s imperfections to what he could be and what would be. It’s the same with us.

St. Mary's Church at Anglesey, Wales

(Photo: St. Mary’s Church at Anglesey, Wales, by Eric Jones CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

God Will Give You a New Name

Like Peter, Jesus sees in you what you can be—regardless of what you are. God knows what we are and loves us just the same, but He loves us enough to not leave us that way (Philippians 1:6).

God loves us just as we are, but His love won’t leave us as we are. He is changing us. (Tweet that.)

Whoever trusts in Jesus for forgiveness of sins, the One who is the “Name above all names,” receives a new name—“Christian”—and also a new life, a new purpose, and a new destiny.

Look at what Jesus promised to all who believe in Him:

I will give him . . . a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it. . . . I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. (Revelation 2:17; 3:12)

Just look at those names Jesus will bestow on you!

  • A new name known only to you.
  • The name of God.
  • The name of Jerusalem.
  • Jesus’ new name.

Your new name is either the name of Jesus Himself, or perhaps, like Peter, Jesus will give you a brand new name that represents the change He has brought about in you.

Hopefully, it won’t be as long as Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

Tell me what you think: What would you like your name to be—and why? To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • Justin Ashburn

    I’ve learned, as I have read, that I am a sinner, I know and understand that I fall short of the grace of our Lord. I have placed my faith and love into Jesus, who has died for our sins… I don’t get it right more often than not. I cannot bring myself to choose my own name because to me, I feel that my integrity of being a devote christian has been quite deficient. I try… a lot… but still fail. We are programmed to make mistakes. Just as a toddler who doesn’t comprehend the repercussions of actions until trial and error finally becomes trial and accomplishment. Those baby steps that are made perhaps contribute to making me a better pupil to our Lord and savior, but we aren’t judged by our milestones and accomplishments, we are judged by every aspect of our lives. If I can make amends in the due time that Determines my name in the book of life, and my place by our Fathers throne, I am assured that the name that “I AM” gives me will be just as beautiful as any other that receives His glorified blessings into Heaven. Be strong all of you who read this comment… I pray for you as well. God Bless!!!

    • Those are some great thoughts, Justin. Thanks so much. God’s grace gives room for growth, indeed.

  • Nettie Maxted

    I don’t know what I would like my new name to be but I don’t feel happy with the name I was born with.

    • Whatever your new name will be, Nettie, if you’re with the Lord it will be beautiful. God bless.

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  • Eric Douglas

    Good post, brother. I ran across this doing sermon prep on the very subject. Thank you.

    • Thank you, brother. May God richly bless your ministry.

  • Vicki

    I came across your website while searching for bible passages that talked about God giving us a new name. I listen to a christian radio show on my way to and from work. It’s 2 hours round trip and that one change, just turning the station and filling my head with good, God things has made a world of difference to me. But I digress. About the name change… I thought there was a passage somewhere in Romans that talked about God creating a new name. Are you familiar with it? On my drive to work one day this week I heard, Romans 8:18 – For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Then later I heard something about a name change in Romans and I thought, “I need to hurry and get to work so I can read Romans!” To answer the question you posed in this well written article. I think my new name in Jesus Christ will be Victorious! All my life, I’ve been just Vicki. Nothing fancy. Kind of boring I always wished I’d had a different name. People often ask me if my real name is Victoria and if Vicki is just a nickname. Now I can say that Vicki is short for Victorious. Because I have been given a new life with a new name by a great and mighty God who has given me the victory so that I can do things that honor and glorify His name! I am glad I found your website. I appreciate the clear way you write. Thanks for your time.

    • Great to hear from you, Victorious! I like that name. 🙂 I don’t think Romans speaks of a name change; the great chapter 8 you quoted is the closest Romans gets to it. I enjoyed your comment, Vicki. Thanks for your encouraging words today. God bless.

  • Jamie

    I prayed during the 40 day word of knowledge challenge and the last challenge was to pray and ask the Holy Spirit our name change and almost immediately I heard Sarah, and I need greater understanding of this?

    • Of course we should pray, Jamie, but nowhere do the Scriptures urge us to ask for our name change to be revealed. God has told us that will occur after death. Please don’t be deceived by any teaching that isn’t grounded in the Bible. Thanks and God bless.

      • Jamie

        Maybe I didn’t explain it well. Here it is.

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        January 14 at 6:14am

        DAY 39

        LESSON: Matthew 16:13-19 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
        As we journey with God we encounter many pitfalls. I have learned that on many occasions, God himself was the very architect. It was necessary for Him to place some speed bumps in my life so that I would learn to lean on Him and trust His divine leadership. There have been times when I’ve lost my identity and found myself kneeling before Him crying out for His affirmation of who I truly am. I’ve discovered that going through an identity crisis is a very common trait in the lives of believers.
        The world screams constantly at us and lodges lies into our being of who we are. It’s quite a challenge to fight off the voices that so often compete for our attention.
        The great news is that we are not who society tries to label us. We are not, who those that dislike us, say we are. We are who HE SAYS WE ARE. We must cling to what God says and thinks about us. It keeps us on course and prevents the roaring lion from devouring us. This is not an option, but an imperative action that we must practice as often as we feel like the wheels are coming off the track. In this passage Jesus’ disciple responds to Him by way of a “Word of Knowledge”, and Jesus affirms Peter by emphatically declaring his true identity.

        EXERCISE CHALLENGE: Ask Holy Spirit to reveal to you who you are. Ask Him to declare over you your true identity. As you do, listen carefully and determine if God might even call you by another name and reveal to you its significance. Ask Him to seal your identity into your heart so that there is no confusion whatsoever of who you are and your worth to Him. Write down any and all impressions that you receive. Immediately thank Him for revealing Himself and bringing clarity into your being about who you are to Him. After all, it’s all that really matters.

        ACTIVATION: Holy Spirit, I come before You today asking on behalf of all who will participate with this exercise. I pray that You would speak to each person’s heart in the way that only You can. Help us to solidify deep in our hearts the value that You see in us and to hold fast to your words. Amen

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        • Jamie, the heart of what you’re asking seems to come from the “exercise challenge.” Much of what Coello is asking you to do has already been done in the Scriptures. With all respect, let me affirm that the Holy Spirit has already revealed to you who you are in the Bible. If you are trusting in Jesus Christ for salvation, your righteousness is as holy as His in God’s eyes (Philip. 3:9). Your true identify is revealed by God in the Scriptures—not through a prayer in which subjective impressions can cloud the truth revealed in God’s Word. Listening for God to call you another name is nowhere affirmed in the Scriptures prior to your resurrection. I encourage you only to sit under Bible teachers whose sole authority is the Bible. A great example is Chuck Swindoll. Thanks and God bless you, Jamie.

  • Sandi Moreland

    Ive heard GOD call my name as it was given to me by my parents..: Sandra” GOD forgive me cause at the time I did not know it was GOD calling my name. as I grow in CHRIST now I know so I listen closely for GOD to call upon me so I may do his will. How awesome my LORD JESUS is to love an save some one like me. sinner saved by his Grace.. Praise be to GOD. I look so forward to JESUS GODS Son coming from the East to take me an the true children that belong to GOD home.. lets remember to pray for one another an love each other as JESUS loves us..

    • You will always hear God most clearly in His Word, Sandi. The Scriptures are God’s best communication for us when we’re needing to hear from Him. Thanks for your comment, and God bless.

  • Beautifuly Unique

    When God give you a new name does that mean you’re going to die? Because I was told I was going to receive a new heavenly name.

  • Sarah Little

    I have a question. I was strongly urged to change my name, all of it, surname too. I heard a song lyric in my head playing Sarah over and over the day i filed the papers to legally change it, and someone else suggested a last name… Is this something God wanted me to do or did it come from somewhere else?

    • God speaks to us through His Word, Sarah, and it’s very unlikely the prompting came from Him. That being said, you needn’t assume the source is supernatural. Any number of factors could have had that song in your head. The best way to recognize God’s voice is to read His Word. By the way, we named our daughter Sarah. It is a beautiful biblical name. Thanks.

  • Beverley

    This is a subject near and dear to my heart. I was suppose to be born a boy according to my father and grandfathers wishes. I was born a girl. But I was given the boy’s spelling of my name. For many years I struggled with self acceptance. I went by Bev .Long and painful story short. Through His Word and the prayers of a wonderful healing ministry I finally accepted myself for who God made me to be. I wasn’t what they wanted but I was what my Heavenly Father wanted. Now when asked do I prefer Bev or Beverley I am most vocal in declaring Beverley!! It is a continual reminder to me of the great work of love and acceptance that the Lord did in my life.

    • This is great, Beverley. So proud of you and praising God for the grace He’s shown in your life. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Amanda

    Hi Wayne, may God bless you for this website that encourages believers. This morning the Lord by His Spirit led me to Titus and I was blown away by Pauls bold declaration of himself and so I went back to his conversion in Acts to see what Jesus said of him and sure enough Paul was being bold in that mandate God gave him. This led me back more than 20 years to a teaching I heard on a changed name from God so it was great to google it (the concept) and have those Scriptures on your site. My new name , given 20plus years ago is Joy! Thankyou Wayne..you maker of wagons…sooo glad I could hitch a lift in one this morning by your concise teaching!

    • So glad you benefitted from the ride, Amanda! What a great concept, that the Lord gives us a new name. We are HIS. What a privilege. Thanks.

  • Vince

    I was praying to God that if God could give me a new name because I have accepted that He is my true father, so it is rightful to give me a new name, I dont know how will he give it. After three weeks I am meditating to unload my problems and weariness of this worldly life, then I saw a vision while I am getting deeper to the meditation. I was standing in a field of grass till the horizon and the sky is filled with giant clouds incircling just like a vortex and a very dark hole in the middle. It was night time and moonlight that is emmiting form the clouds are illuminating the area. I kept on walking and noticed a silver oval plate lying on the ground. It is as if its been there for the longest time and I stood on my knee and examined it. There was an engraving in a silver plate and I cant read it, the illumination from the moon is making it difficult. After some time and effort I finally read what is engraved in the plate, “ELROD”. I said thankyou and closed my meditation.

    After contemplating, i tried searching it. I was shocked to that it was an hebrew name, confirming it to my bible scholar friend, there is no Elrod in the bible. I didnt even studied hebrew and there is no way that the name will just pop out again in my consciousness. Elrod means “God is the King”.

    Then my bible scholar friend is amazed too and showed me the Rev 2:17. I was kind of puzzled why it is engraved in a silver plate rather than the white rock. I did some reasearch:

    Another widely held explanation suggests that the white stone may be a translucent precious stone such as a diamond. The word translated “white” in Revelation 2:17 is leukos and can also mean “brilliant, bright.” (from gotquestions.org)

    In contrast to my vision, I got it in a silver plate, I search for silver and its elemental symbol is AG meaning argentum which is in latin meaning “Bright and white”.

    • Very interesting, Vince. Thanks for spelling all that out. As you continue to seek the truth, I urge you to put your confidence in the Word of God as revealed in Scripture above all else. God bless.

  • Geneva Chisholm

    I like the name joy. It represent the joy I have in loving Jesus and being faithful to the call of God on my life. Thank you for the clarification of our new name.

    • You’re welcome, Geneva. And yes—Joy is a great name! I love that with God all things are new. Thanks.

  • Todd

    Some time ago in studying for a lesson, the name Azmaveth stuck of the text on the page. It stuck with me so much that I felt I had to research it. The text points to one of King David’s 30 warriors and in Hebrew means agent of protection. That’s a trait God has really developed in me over my life time. A person who protects others without regard for their own end. If I could pick a new heavenly name, it would be Azmaveth.

    • That’s an interesting word study, Todd. Our new names will be a marvelous revelation to us from God. Thanks.

  • Stacey Rogers

    God told me my new name about 13 years ago. I was attending a woman’s retreat and one speaker asked us to go find a place to pray and ask God to tell us our new name in Christ. I did as she encouraged and God told me my new name was Encourager. I argued with God that I couldn’t possibly be an Encourager. I couldn’t get my own husband to attend church with me or turn from the addictions in his life. God assured me my name was Encourager. As years have past I have clearly seen this is my new name. It is my gift from God. My youngest son has a special calling on his life. He has known he is called to be a minister since he was 5 years old. He will turn 10 this year. He just told me he was praying and God told him his new name in Christ is Censer. I just looked it up and wow! What a powerful name in Christ. He has such a special anointing on his life.

    • Thanks for sharing your story with me, Stacey. Thanks for your commitment to be an encourager to your family and to the body of Christ! We all need to hear encouraging words. May the Lord bless your son as he follows the Him in the ministry. God bless you.

  • David R Jones

    It’s a long story and frequently reinforced….My given name is David,very appropriate. but my inspired spiritual name is Rising Dog.

    • Very interesting, David. The Lord Jesus will give each of His a new name to come. God bless you as you seek Him.

      • David R Jones

        I assumed He already did with Rising Dog… but He may change it again as I change and His purpose for me changes.

        • Steve Hammond

          David, I wonder how much you resonate to the story of Mephibosheth in the Old Testament, who replied to King David, “Why do you regard a dead dog like me?” After Mephibosheth started eating regularly at the king’s table, perhaps he also felt like a “rising dog”? Just a thought.

  • Barbara

    My new name given River Jordan High. He took me to the Jordan River. Baptized me, and set me high on a mountain. This spiritual name was given to me years ago still remember it to this day.

    • That’s great, Barbara. You’ll also get another name known only between you and God.

  • Steve Hammond

    The issue of whether God wants to reveal a new name to me (before I die) has surely puzzled me. I received encouraging prayer from people familiar with SOZO ministry, and it blessed me. But this idea came up in prayer. I remember asking, “Lord, do you want to give me a new name? If so, how will I know it’s really from you, or just my own imagination?” Others have commented here that the new name is either a fruit-of-the-Spirit trait, like Joy, or a change in confidence in Him, like Victorious or Encourager (I resonate personally with that one!); and others have delved into Hebrew-based names like Sarah, capitalizing on what the Hebrew name means. Those all sound well and good, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Lord was giving those brothers & sisters a gift to encourage them in their walk of sanctification. But I’m too hesitant to declare what I think my name might be. It sounds presumptuous. I do believe my calling is to provide encouragement and listen well (I’m a counselor). Barnabas means “Son of Encouragement.” So, not like I’ll start telling people to call me Barnabas, but I can enjoy the warm feelings I get when I wonder if my life imitates Christ in a way similar to how Barnabas in the book of Acts imitated Christ by being that “son of encouragement” to Saul/Paul. So sure, I look forward to receiving that “name known only to me and God” after I die, but wonder if God will say to me, “Why didn’t you embrace the name __________ when you were still alive on Earth?”

    • Hey, Steve. Those are some great thoughts–and they seem far more balanced than many others who claim the Lord has already given them the new name. Of course, God is not limited, but nowhere does His Word mention the new name is given prior to death. Thanks again for your words and especially for your significant ministry of counseling others.

      • Steve Hammond

        I have an old friend whose name given at Birth by his parents was Odin. And when he became a Christian he wanted to disassociate from the mythological Norse god. So he took on the name David. I don’t know if that is his middle name or if he just prayed about it and chose the name. But I thought this was a good step for him spiritually back at the time. It’s not the same thing as receiving a new name only you and God know after death but it seems healthy to me.

  • Gladys

    I have been through tough times in my life lately I realized that I am still experiencing some of the things I went through more than ten years ago, things like walking long distances in the scorching sun,God had been so faithful and has sustained me but I realize I have never had a big break,lately God has been working in me showing me why I’ve been through some of the things that I have been through, needless to say through all the hard times I’ve emerged as tough fearless and daring am having a week if reflection and I need a name change iam trying to figure out what name would suit fearless, lion like, daring crazy faith,I don’t want to fill any less and looked down upon anymore.

    • I admire your courage, Gladys. It isn’t easy to pull the lint from one’s navel and own it—and then to change. May the Lord be with you as you seek Him and wait upon Him.

  • Vicky Patterson

    My birth name is Michael Victoria, my mother had decided I was going to be a boy, God instead sent her a girl. She decided to stick with the boy name Michael but was gracious enough to give me Victoria as a middle name. My entire life has been I search for identity. When I say that I mean it metaphorically and literally. Before entering High School I had officially used the the names; Mickey, Tori, Moe, Sissy, the Hebrew female pronunciation for Michael (Mishiale), Victoria, and finally Vicky. Brought to my knees by my sin, 3 months ago I made a geographical change. I am in Transitional Living where the only name I can use is my given name, Michael. I have been studying scripture and seeking God’s face. And here I am realizing. And my obedience he has given me a new name which is actually my original birth name. Any thoughts?

    • Thanks for sharing your story, Vicky. I believe we’re all on a search from birth for our identity. God designed us with a hunger that can only be satisfied in Him. Sometimes our parents lead us well in that direction, and sometimes they are like speed bumps. My name is actually my father’s name with a “II” stuck on the end. I too have always had to go by my middle name, Wayne. It provides challenges at times (as you mentioned with your current situation). But what matters most is what God calls us as we come to know Him through Jesus Christ. After that, nothing matters. We get our identity in Him alone. May the Lord bless you as you seek Him.

  • Jane Doe

    Hey Wayne, what do you think about Christian changing her full name legally? Does it affect my relationship with God? I don’t like the sound of my name. I also don’t think it suits me when people call me by my first name but I would like to keep my nickname which I think the Lord knows and calls me by. I just would like to change my legal name that is not too different from my original full name and has a last name from the Bible itself which is “Ofir”. Will you please give me some insight and some counsel? Thanks a lot! 🙂

    • There is nothing in the Scripture that suggests that changing your name would affect your relationship with God. Of course, you’ll want to consider how— if at all— doing so may affect your relationship with your parents who named you. Go for it— and God bless.

      • Jane Doe

        Thanks a lot! I’m going to have to ask my mom! Although now I’m wondering if I changed my name on earth, will it be changed again soon after judgement day. 🙂

  • Lisa

    Hi There,

    Thanks so much for this article. Interestingly enough…Years ago I had a vision…I mean a real real in front of my eyes one, which brought about my deliverence from a life of addiction as I was about to die. Jesus then said the word Marinatha (which I never even knew was a word at the time) but out of that came a name which was Martha-Anna…..This has been very interesting studying who these biblical people were and how they applied to my life. Then about 2 years back, the Lord spoke very clearly to me the name Shealtiel in my spirit (whom I had never heard either) after studing scripture though it was very easy to find he was the father of Zerrabubbel who was God’s ‘signet ring’. But Shealtiel means ‘I asked of God’. Which I have been doing ever since in faith and many many prayers have been answered in my own life. It’s so exciting and wonderful How God works. It’s different for each person in their walk with God I suppose, but I’m sure many people can relate to these experiences.

  • Lisa

    Also, just to say, recently I have been truly aware of my earthly name Lisa (Elizabeth which means Oath of God) and I never lked my middle name Maria…Which I really repented about because it’s an honour to have that name., But more importantly than anything is to remember that JESUS is the name above every other….

    • What a fascinating testimony, Lisa. Thanks for sharing. I’m always amazed at how God opens our eyes to Himself, ultimately through His Word alone, which is the source of His truth (1 Peter 2:2; Colossians 2:18). May He bless you as you seek Him there.

  • Agron Gjon Krasniqi

    I had a dream (before couple years ) , I heard a voice calling people by their names ( the called ones were going in heaven) , and that voice called me twice: Shannon, Shannon!

    Tomorrow morning, I did a quick search and found the meaning of the name… it means: God is Gracious!

    Call me “Shannon”