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In the past the name was primarily a masculine name, but nowadays in Israel, Omer is equally common in men and women alike and is considered unisex.
The name means "sheaf of wheat" in Hebrew. It was an ancient Israelite measuring unit for dry commodities and grains. The unit can be described as "an amount of grain large enough to require bundling", and it is implied in the bible that one "Omer" can feed one person for a day.
It was the name of a special offering of a sheaf of barley to god on various special occasions, and is the name of a period of 49 days in the Jewish calendar that has special religious customs and rules.
The name has a close association with charity. In Judaism, one of the gifts of charity to the poor is "forgetting" - which is the responsibility of a field owner to leave in the field Omer that he forgot to harvest, so that the poor and the needy can collect and enjoy it.
As a result, the name Omer represents the value of charity, and is associated with nature and tradition.
The name Omer was given to 75 boys born in the US in 2015.
An omer was also a measurement in ancient times. It equaled a tenth of an ephah, or about 1/10 of a bushel.
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