Meaning: "Monument of testimony"
Other forms: Gilad
Gilead is really great for those who want a religious name but one that is a little more unusual than John or Paul. Gilead is a mountainous area east of Jordan, split between the Gad and Manasseh tribes. In the Bible there are a few characters named Gilead, including the grandson of Manasseh, and the father of Jephthah, but I don't see why it couldn't be used for a girl. In the Bible in Jeremiah chapter 46 v. 22 there is a line that says: "Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wounds of my people?" An African American folk song is based on these words:
- Some times I feel discouraged,
- And think my work’s in vain,
- But then the Holy Spirit
- Revives my soul again.
If you can’t preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,