Several readers asked recently for baby name advice and suggestions:
- Anonymous #1: We don’t know the sex yet, but trying to at least come up with a few choices for each so we’re not scrambling… Opinions/popularity (and among which ‘group’) for: Eden Alma, or Alma Eden? Our last name is very “German Jewish” (and we live in Germany), so I lean toward Eden, but I want to make sure it’s not associated with a certain ‘class’ or group in Israel since we have relatives there.
For boys: Can Ido be spelled Edo? Idan/Edan? (looking to honor an “ED” name)- Adir? Gilad? Any other name with an “ed” sound that are either biblical but could be used in modern-day?
I do like Biblical names (we have an Amiel David, also named for someone in the our family), but would like the names to also be ‘ok’ for modern Israeli baby names and sound ‘cute’/modern even though they may be from the Bible.
Any thoughts would be much appreciated! Toda!
- Daria writes: Hi! I’m looking for an Israeli name for a baby boy. We live in the US, so I’m interested in something that would not be too difficult for people to pronounce.
We like Ehud, Elad, Boaz and Matan – but are still searching for the final name. Any suggestions?
- Karen writes: Hi is the name Rut considered old-fashioned in Israel? We are looking for a name that works in English as well. We already have a Naomi, my husband thinks that’s another good reason to go for Rut but also it’s unique in his family unlike most of the popular names like Noa or Shira although I love those names too. I would like something that isn’t just confined to religious circles and is easy to pronounce in English – I have no issue if our English relatives pronounce it as Ruth I’m just worried the name may be old fashioned in Israel as we are making aliyah next year.
- Anonymous 2: We live in the US, and are having a boy in the spring and are hoping for a name that has something to do with nature. Doesn’t have to be biblical. Doesn’t matter if it’s “popular in Israel” or not. Cannot be too hard for us Americans to pronounce, though.
Ideally we might honor my grandmother (Jeanne) somehow with a middle name, but we realize this may be hard given that it is a boy.
I liked Oren, but my husband (a non-Jew) thought it was too similar to “Orion” and he thought it was too “hippy dippy.”
Thanks for any help you can provide.
More baby name posts:
Popular Israeli Names for Girls (October 2008)
Popular Israeli Names for Boys (October 2008)