The name Aaron comes from the Hebrew name Aharon, which is thought to mean high mountain or exalted.
The name appears in the Old Testament of the Bible. Aaron is the older brother of the prophet Moses. The two brothers and their sister Miriam were born into Israelite slavery in Egypt, and so the name is believed to originally have come from an Egyptian origin. Aaron was appointed by God to be his brother Moses' spokesman. Aaron was also given the revered role of the very first High Priest of the Israelites.
Another notable Aaron was the sixth century saint, St Aaron of Aleth, who lived as a hermit on an island off the coast of Brittany and was respected for leading a life of contemplation.
The name gained popularity in England after the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, when biblical names grew in popularity.
In Shakespeare's tragedy Titus Andronicus, there is a character called 'Aaron the Moor' who helps his lover Tamora plot to destroy the Andronicus family.
Famous people called Aaron:
Aaron Eckhart, actor
Aaron Carter, pop singer
Aaron Henry, American civil rights leader
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, actor
Can be shortened to: Ron
Surnames to avoid pairing Aaron with:
Surnames beginning with an 'N' might cause problems as when said aloud this combination of sounds may result in elision – when two words slurred together end up sounding like one. Similar names:
Erin, Ahana, Aralyn,
Celebrities who named their baby Aaron:
Robert De Niro, actor
Michelle Heaton, Liberty X singer and TV presenter