Lavie is a Hebrew boy’s name that means “lion.”. For good measure, I threw in another ten unisex names. Sarah is a Hebrew girl’s name that means “princess.” In the Bible, Sarah, the first matriarch, was the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. There’s so much talk in the US about “stealing” boys’ names for girls, or worry that a boy called Avery will face teasing because he has a “girl’s” name. . Shoval Here at The Bump, we have compiled a list of beautiful Jewish baby names with their Hebrew meanings. I’m particularly interested in the unisex list – is there any controversy over using them? Thank you! Shai, gift. A few biblical names have made a comeback or stayed in style, including Daniel (unisex), Noa (girl), Rachel (girl), and Assaf (boy). I love Keren, Vered, and Shira. Hi Caz! T Said on March 22nd, 2011 at 12:46 pm. My whole family has middle names, and Israel’s don’t always know how to deal with a middle name on a form. Yael is a Hebrew girl’s name meaning “mountain goat.” Yael is one of the few female prophets in the Bible. Ya’acov I once met an Israeli girl named Anat. 4. Loved the article, very interesting! My husbands family have ‘very Israeli names’ having been born there; Love the name Shira! I’ve been told that Jewish people don’t name a baby Adam after a grandfather Adam, for example, but rather choose the letter…say….Agam or Abraham after Adam dies. Well, according to Population and Immigrant Authority’s report, they’re a mix of tried-and-true Jewish names–and some less common names getting more traction (in no particular order): 1. Using the first letter is a modern American thing. Other traditional Hebrew names for baby girls that are more unusual yet worthy of consideration include Biblical names Dinah, Kelilah, and Susannah. Ahh! Call Your Mother, Episode 49: The Long Haul With Deborah Copaken, 14 Jewish Movies and Shows to Watch Instead of Stressing Out About the Election, Just Like Keeping Kosher, My Friends All Have Different Levels of Covid Observance, I Thought My Friendship With My Trump-Supporting Neighbor Could Survive — Until She Used This Slur, Meet Borat 2's Inspiring Holocaust Survivor, Judith Dim Evans, The Secret Nazi History of Einstein Bros. Bagels. The most popular Israeli baby names are short, rarely over two syllables, and they are often unisex. Noa is a Hebrew girl’s name meaning “movement.” Noa was one of the five daughters of Zelophehad. It’s true that most traditional biblical names like Rivka (Rebecca)  and Moshe (Moses) cannot be considered trendy except in the most religious circles. I believe Talya/Talia can also mean dew of G-d. We liked the name Tal or Tali, but chose the strictly feminine Talia for our little lamb. Our midwife said the name was quite popular in Israel and I’m curious to how popular it is. I always liked the word Vered when we learnt it, now that I realise it’s not just a word, next daughter here it comes! How do you pronounce Ya’el? 1. Rain: Matar, Usually boys as far as I can tell. Sara/Sarah. It’s interesting how different children in a family feel about their names. You mentioned thar “secular Israelis don’t usually give middle names, while religious ones do” – Is there any reason for this to happen? As a rule, Israelis like slightly unusual names but avoid completely unique or made-up ones, not wanting other children to make fun of their child’s name. I *really* wanted a Hebrew/Israeli name, and DH wanted a name that he could pronounce and work well in North America. I found an answer to this question by rabbi who says that the Hebrew meaning is from the word Anah, answered (as in God answered a prayer). Adi, Liat, Maya, Yael, Amit, Gal, Lior, and Noa/Noam. Romi is the only girl. Narkiss would probably fit the unisex list better. Adam. There’s a very strong tradition of naming after living or dead grandparents, depending on the country. Question…you mention babies being named after famous people who’ve recently died. 10. And linelei, you are right that in Jewish tradition, the name is kept secret until after the official religious naming. I learned a lot! Ya’el, ibex. This ordinary man makes $1000, $2000 or even $3000 dollars a month working from home - only part time...  To learn more watch this FREE 30-minute video and discover how you too can build a money-making empire (even in a bad economy). Hannah will be happy to answer any questions you have in the comments. Enjoy. 3. From the ones you listed, I like Alma and Shira a lot. I love Shira! From what I have hear, Aria isn’t really known as a girl’s name in Israel. She isn’t a fan of her name so she goes by Lori but I love it! Agam Rotenberg is another high-profile female model. Most of the new immigrants came from the former Soviet Union, followed by France and the United States, according to the Times of Israel, which also pointed out that “Israel’s population would continue to grow in the years ahead and is expected to reach 10 million people by 2024 and 20 million by 2065.”. My husband said that Anat is a Canaanite goddess. We named our second son Avner. And even though Israel has become more westernized, most parents continue to choose Hebrew names. Esther. I have friends in Isreal Thanks for this wonderful blog, Hannah. Israel’s population is growing–it’s at around 8.7 million people this year. Nameluvr: Yes, Libi has become a real name. Ariel. Tamar is a Hebrew name meaning “palm tree.” In the Bible, Tamar was the widowed daughter-in-law of Judah. We also try not to change the name too much. Talia is a Hebrew girl’s name meaning “dew from God.”. Pronunciation: Unless noted, names are accented on the last syllable. Hubby thinks it sounds feminine. We use cookies to improve your experience on our site and bring you ads that might interest you. URL=""; google_ad_client="pub-0350197887669519";google_ad_slot="3240462943";google_ad_width=336;google_ad_height=280; Home  |  Site Map  |  How I Quit My 9 to 5 Job...  |  Baby Links  |   and Ronen. 8. I am an American Jew and was wondering how common hyphenated first names are in Israel. When I went to Sunday School (Cheder – a very long time ago!) Hi A-M, Keshet, rainbow. The only Israeli name I know is Ziva from NCIS. The Book of Daniel (in the Bible) tells his life story. I know it is a nickname for many Hebrew male names, and knew a man whose full name was Avi too. You can also check out Hannah’s blog CookingManager.Com, where she helps home cooks save time and money. Hopefully we've convinced you that we are "TOPS" among baby naming sites on the web today!.. Anything other insights you can provide into our little girl’s name? Aviyam 5. 10. Not all religious people give middle names. Trends in Israeli baby  names include nature, weather words (boy—Sa’ar, storm), and Israeli place names (unisex—Yarden, Jordan). Sometimes it is more of a nickname but not always easy to tell (like in Gali). When Israelis are choosing names for their babies, they tend to focus on meaning as much as the sound of the name. Lia/Leah. I agree with everyone else–this is a fabulous post!!! Can you recommend some current Hebrew names that we should consider?

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