The people most referred to in the New Testament (except for Jesus) are:
- Peter (183 times)
- Paul (180 times)
- John the Baptist (90 times)
- Pilate (53 times)
- John the apostle (42 times)
- Luke (41 times)
- Barnabas (30 times)
- Herod Antipas (27 times)
- Timothy (24 times)
- Judas Iscariot (22 times)
- James the apostle (19 times)
- Mary, mother of Jesus (19 times)
Did you know about the Bible . . . ?
The longest name of a person in the Bible is Maher-shalal-hash-baz. It is found in Isaiah 8:1 and it is the name of Isaiah's son, which means "swift is booty, speedy is prey."
The shortest names of people in the Bible are Er (Genesis 38:3), Ir (1Chronicles 7:12), No (Jeremiah 46:25), Og (Numbers 21:33) and Uz (Genesis 10:23).
The top three most mentioned people in the New Testament (Peter, Paul, and John the Baptist) are mentioned more times than the remaining 17 individuals combined.
Only two women, Mary, the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, are among the top 20 people referred to in the New Testament.