Request from a reader:
Hi! I love your blog, especially the names! You actually helped me choose my daughter’s name last pregnancy on the namewizard site (that was how I got to you).
My husband and I are desperately looking for a name to go with with the middle name Benaya for a boy, ideally one that has a nice meaning, doesn’t have negative Tanach associations with it (I love the name Nadav, but in Melachim (Kings) there was king named Nadav that was “bad”) and IF possible, still somewhat unique. However, if the other criteria are there I am ok with it being “typical.” We are Modern Orthodox – not into yeshivish names (fine with those that overlap, just no Shloimeys, etc.)- we want to avoid the sounds “Ch”, “Ts” and and “R”- as we want a name that would work in both the states and Israel.
I personally tend to go for names that can be transliterated or just normal sounding in both Hebrew and English (many Tanach names fit that bill), my husband tends to go more Israeli/modern sounding. I love the name: Gavriel and the combo : Gavriel Benaya, (love the english version Gabriel as well) but as I said, ideally we want to avoid the R’s… Other names that we both like: Eitan (Eitan Benaya)- but we have a close relative with the name Eitan so cant use it… Advice????
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