Is Cohen a Good First Name for a Jewish Boy?

baby boy in striped shirt

A while back I wrote a post about the up-and-coming baby name Cohen. A reader writes: I've been reading your baby name blog and it has been so helpful!  We just had a baby boy last year who we considered naming Cohen and ultimately decided not to because it might be offensive to some.  We are … [Read more...]

Israeli Baby Name Help, February 2014

twin blue-eyed baby boys on bed

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 … [Read more...]

Israeli Baby Girl Name Help November 2013

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Two readers just sent inquiries about Israeli baby names. Can you help? Thanks for a great site!  I am having quite a hard time with a baby name to be named after my grandmother Hedwig (Tzirel).  I am comfortable using an H or I suppose a Z for the tzadi.  We can't use Hannah... Do you know of … [Read more...]

Israeli Baby Name Help, June 2013

Today we have three readers seeking help with baby names: Is Yaeli a common first name in Israel or just the nickname for Yael? We like Yaeli more, but here in Germany we have to prove that it’s a “real” name at least in another country. BTW, you already helped us last year to decide for a girls … [Read more...]

Israeli Baby Name Queries: December 2012

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I get a lot of inquiries about Hebrew and Israeli baby names. There are lots of lists on the internet, but they don't give you the context you need to make a wise decision. Here are a few recent questions: Adam: Need Help with name for boy named after Saba Shmuel ( we don't like Shmuel or … [Read more...]