Here is a question from Yaniv.
Hi Hannah – been going through your blog for some name ideas and figured I’d reach out directly.
- Liev – there is some concern here that people will mispronounce the name. HK: I think by Liev you mean Liav, “a father to me.” It is used here in Israel. I agree that it’s hard to pronounce.
- Asher – concerned that its an older persons name, although we like Ash for short. HK: Asher is still commonly used in religious circles, but not so much in secular ones.
- Liam – strikes me as an Irish name, although I’ve read some blogs that translate it as Li-am (my country). HK: Liam definitely would not be popular here, were it not popular in the US and Great Britain. The fact that it has meaning in Hebrew is secondary.
- Cole (I’ve seen this spelt as Kol on your blog) – I find that this sounds funny in Hebrew, especially given the meaning. HK: Cole is not a Hebrew name used in Israel.
- Cain or Caleb – we love these in English, and despite being biblical names, the Hebrew biblical pronunciations of Kaeen and Kalev dont resonate. Cain or Kayin is very rare here, because of the biblical association. Kalev is used in religious circles. Keep in mind that without vowels, Kalev can be read as kelev (dog).
Popular Israeli Names for Girls (October 2008)
Popular Israeli Names for Boys (October 2008)