Here are a few queries I’ve received regarding baby names. You may also enjoy the update of my Nameberry post on Chanukah baby names, and this Wall Street Journal post by Aviya Kushner on the difficulties of translating Hebrew names in the Bible.
Please share ideas for these readers!
- First off, I want to say that I love your blog for the unique perspective it provides, so thank you for what you do. I’ve started paying attention to the Israeli baby names section of your blog more closely, now that my husband and I are expecting our first child in January. A little background: My husband moved to the US from Israel when he was 5, and I have an Israeli mother. We also always talk about the possibility of making Aliyah someday, so for those reasons, we would like to give our children names that work well in Israel, as well as in the US. We’re having a girl and our favorite name (that’s not in use by a family member) is Avital. I’m concerned that since Avital a biblical name and not a modern one, it might not be used in secular circles. Is Avital a name that is currently given to babies who are not in religious families? We don’t really have anyone else to ask this question because we don’t want to tell anyone our name choice before she is born. We are also open to other suggestions. Thank you in advance!
- Our baby boy is due in less than 3 weeks and we are running out of time. We have 2 daughters – Noa and Talia. I’m Israeli and my husband is of Indian origin though we are raising our kids Jewish and are looking for a modern secular Israeli/international name that is pronounceable by people here in North America. As our daughters are older, they want to be involved in the name choosing, which I love in concept, but it makes it much much harder to come up with names we all love that meet our criteria. My husband and I love Elliot (even though its not an Israeli name, we could nickname him Elie), but the girls HATE it. We like Yonatan and Eitan best as Israeli names but are unsure about pronunciation/fit here. Uri is a favourite of mine but totally unpronounceable here. We all love Ben (it’s the girls’ favourite) but not sure if its substantial enough by itself. Benjamin is nice but a little too traditional and not so Israeli. We also like Daniel and Ariel but again these seem traditional. Ely is taken by a good friend. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
- Hesitant to have this published as friends and cousins use your blog/Facebook page… We are having a baby in the next couple weeks, and don’t know the sex. I think we’re ok if it’s a girl (*think*) but haven’t had a lot of agreement for a boy. Trying to name after my grandmother. who didn’t have a Hebrew name, but was Pepi/Perl Ruchl. We sort of struck out with P names for boys (no to Pinchas, Peretz, though I liked the latter) and looked in other directions. I like Shapir, but it’s been struck down as too weird. We haven’t fully clashed on Aminadav (Nachshon is one of my husband’s Biblical/Midrashic heroes), because we’re both into service to others generally and the Jewish people in particular, as was my grandmother, who was a kibbutznik in the 40’s and early 50’s. I’m reluctant to use such a long and obscure name (even though I thought of it), but if it’s the only one we can agree on… Just wondering if you’ve met any Amis who are Aminadav… We both have a fair amount of interaction with and travel to Israel. Any other suggestions would be great as well! (We are also doing part of the name, I think, after my husband’s great-grandmother Anne/Chana – daughter is named after my brother and mom, so my husband’s family has felt a little excluded. Anyway, Anne and Chana are easier thematically and with letters, though no one besides me likes Chen!). And also, I was thinking about how non-judgmental you always are in your posts and responses, and let you know how much I appreciate that.
Readers, can you make suggestions?
More baby name posts:
Popular Israeli Names for Girls (October 2008)
Popular Israeli Names for Boys (October 2008)