Here are a few recent questions:
- Adam: Need Help with name for boy named after Saba Shmuel ( we don’t like Shmuel or Samuel) We would like something Hebrew that is somewhat easily pronounceable in English too.
- J: We are wanting a Hebrew name that might be okay in Israel but we live in the US (Texas, in fact) and we are having a very hard time coming up with something that works for both.We have an Abigail and Sarah already and I’m not a fan of most Matriarch names… Rivkah and Rachael for instance…A little background… We lost a baby at 35 weeks in May (Asher Ezekiel) and during my grief I cried out to HaShem and asked for twins.I’m carrying boy/girl twins. We conceived just 6 weeks 2 days after our loss.
The boy’s name has been easy Levi Mattias (Levi meaning joined or connected).
I want a meaningful name for my girl too and I’m just not sure we are anywhere close to picking a name out.
First, I love Adriel but was instructed not to feminize the “el” at the end and also that because it’s a man’s name in the Tanakh that I shouldn’t use it. So, Adrielle is a nono? I’m confused… Don’t people do Gavrielle and Danielle all of the time or is that inappropriate?
I love Liel but here it looks like Leel. Not as pretty. Would the spelling cause the name to lose its original meaning? Would that be acceptable for a girl?
I also like the name Aviya – but was reading it is most often used for a boy. Is that true? And do you have any further suggestions for me?
- SK: You mentioned Eden was used for a boy or girl now — but when used for a boy, is it considered ‘new/hippy’? Or kind of normal? (I’d have a tough time telling my US family that my son’s name is Eden…but, I do like that name anyway. Also, Eder? For a boy? Thoughts?
My thoughts: No to Adriel/le or Gavrielle for a girl. Gavriella is used for girls. Danielle is used for girls, but not as much as a few years ago. Aviya is a man in the Bible, but more common here as a girl’s name.
I vote no for Eder as well, as it means “herd”. SK found it on an Israeli name website, but I’ve never seen it as a first name.
Do you have name suggestions for Adam, J, and SK?
Thanks to reader Tova for the baby picture.
More Israeli baby name posts from A Mother in Israel:
Popular Israeli Names for Girls (October 2008)
Popular Israeli Names for Boys (October 2008)