Received from reader Clara:
I hope that you and your readers will be able to help me choose a Hebrew name for our daughter.
We would like a name that wouldn’t be out of place in either a secular or modern-orthodox context in Israel or North America.
The people that we are considering naming for were named Tzivia, Tirtza, and Eliezer. How are the names Tzivia and Tirtza perceived in Israel? Is there a feminine form of Eliezer that I’m not aware of? Any other solutions?
Thanks in advance for your help.
My thoughts: Tzivia is rare in religious Zionist circles here, unheard of in secular ones. Tzvia was once popular, but no longer. Don’t even consider Eliezra, even though it’s been used. I’m pretty sure that there are quite a few Tirtzah’s among the newest generation, but mainly in religious circles. You could choose Elah, which means a terebinth tree. My daughter suggested Eliraz.
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