In 2014, parents will likely be sticking with the Bible for inspiration in finding suitable names for their babies and one social baby naming website, using data from 3,500 parents and 25,000 votes from their families and friends, is predicting that biblical names will be a hit in this year. Meanwhile, a separate survey reveals that many Americans agree that “Messiah” and “Christ” are acceptable baby names.

“After a few years of innovations and experimenting, parents are restoring old customs to regain the essence of religious values,” Belly Ballot ( notes in a press release.

While noting that biblical names like Jacob, Michael, or Noah have consistently been popular picks, the website predicts that parents in 2014 will gravitate toward names like Caleb, Levi, Luke, Isaiah, Naomi, Shiloh, or Judith.

In a survey of its own published on Friday, Christian nonprofit LifeWay Research found that more than half of Americans (53 percent) “strongly agree” that parents should be allowed to name their babies “Messiah” or “Christ.” Twenty-one percent of those polled “somewhat agreed” with that statement.

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