Jewish Names

These names are used by Jews. For more specific lists, see Hebrew names and Yiddish names. See also about Jewish names.
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AARON   אַהֲרֹן   m   English, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name אַהֲרֹן ('Aharon) which is most likely of unknown Egyptian origin. Other theories claim a Hebrew derivation, and suggest meanings such as "high mountain" or "exalted". In the Old Testament this name is borne by the older brother of Moses. He acted as a spokesman for his brother when they appealed to the pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery. Aaron's rod produced miracles and plagues to intimidate the pharaoh. After the departure from Egypt and arrival at Mount Sinai, God installed Aaron as the first high priest of the Israelites and promised that his descendants would form the priesthood.... [more]
ABRAHAM   אַבְרָהָם   m   English, Hebrew, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
This name may be viewed either as meaning "father of many" in Hebrew or else as a contraction of ABRAM (1) and הָמוֹן (hamon) "many, multitude". The biblical patriarch Abraham was originally named Abram but God changed his name (see Genesis 17:5). With his father Terah, he led his wife Sarah, his nephew Lot and their other followers from Ur into Canaan. He is regarded by Jews as being the founder of the Hebrews through his son Isaac and by Muslims as being the founder of the Arabs through his son Ishmael.... [more]
ACHINOAM   אֲחִינֹעַם   f   Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew
Hebrew form of AHINOAM.
ADAM   אָדָם   m   English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian, Hebrew, Arabic, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
This is the Hebrew word for "man". It could be ultimately derived from Hebrew אדם ('adam) meaning "to be red", referring to the ruddy colour of human skin, or from Akkadian adamu meaning "to make".... [more]
ADARA   אַדָרָה   f   Hebrew
Means "noble" in Hebrew.
ADENA   f   Hebrew
Possibly a variant of ADINA (1).
ADI (1)   עֲדִי   f & m   Hebrew
Means "jewel" or "ornament" in Hebrew.
ADINA (1)   עֲדִינָה, עֲדִינָא   m & f   Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Hebrew
From Hebrew עֲדִינָא ('adina') meaning "slender, delicate". This name is borne by a soldier in the Old Testament. It is also used in modern Hebrew as a feminine name, typically spelled עֲדִינָה.
ADIR   אַדִּיר   m   Hebrew
Means "strong, mighty" in Hebrew. This word is used in the Hebrew Bible to describe God.
ADVA   אַדְוָה   f   Hebrew
Means "small wave, ripple" in Hebrew.
AGAM   אֲגַם   f & m   Hebrew
Means "lake" in Hebrew.
AHARON   אַהֲרֹן   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of AARON.
AHAVA   אַהֲבָה   f   Hebrew
Means "love" in Hebrew.
AHUVA   אֲהוּבָה   f   Hebrew
Means "beloved" in Hebrew.
AKIBA   עֲקִיבָא   m   Hebrew
Form of YAAKOV. Akiba ben Joseph was a prominent 1st-century Jewish sage.
AKIVA   עֲקִיבָא   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of AKIBA.
ALIYA (2)   עֲלִיָּה   f   Hebrew
Variant transcription of ALIYAH (2).
ALIYAH (2)   עֲלִיָּה   f   Hebrew
Means "to ascend" in Hebrew. This is also a Hebrew word referring to immigration to Israel.
ALIZA   עַלִיזָה   f   Hebrew
Means "joyful" in Hebrew.
ALMA (2)   עַלְמָה   f   Hebrew
Means "young woman" in Hebrew.
ALMOG   אַלְמוֹג   m & f   Hebrew
Means "coral" in Hebrew.
ALON   אַלוֹן   m   Hebrew
Means "oak tree" in Hebrew.
ALONA   אַלוֹנָה   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of ALON.
ALTE (1)   אַלְטֶע   f   Yiddish
Feminine form of ALTER.
ALTER   אַלְתֵר   m   Yiddish
Means "old" in Yiddish. This name was traditionally given to a sickly newborn by Jewish parents in order to confuse the Angel of Death, in the hopes that he would go looking for somebody younger or somebody else.
AMICHAI   עַמִיחַי   m   Hebrew
Means "my people are alive" in Hebrew.
AMIR (2)   אָמִיר   m   Hebrew
Means "treetop" in Hebrew.
AMIRA (2)   אַמִירָה   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of AMIR (2).
AMIT (2)   עָמִית   m & f   Hebrew
Means "friend" in Hebrew.
AMNON   אַמְנוֹן   m   Biblical, Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew
Means "faithful" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the eldest son of King David. He was killed by his brother Absalom in revenge for the rape of his sister Tamar.
AMOS   עָמוֹס   m   English, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
Means "carried" in Hebrew. Amos is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Amos, which speaks against greed, corruption and oppression of the poor. Written about the 8th century BC, it is among the oldest of the prophetic books. As an English name, Amos has been used since the Protestant Reformation, and was popular among the Puritans.
ANAT (2)   עַנָת   f & m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of ANATH (1). In modern times it is often used as a feminine name.
ANSHEL   אַנְשֶׁעל   m   Yiddish
Means "angel" in Yiddish.
ARI (1)   אֲרִי   m   Hebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew.
ARIE (2)   אַרְיֵה   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of ARIEH.
ARIEH   אַרְיֵה   m   Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew. This was the name of an officer of king Pekahiah in the Old Testament.
ARIEL   אֲרִיאֵל   m & f   Hebrew, English, French, Biblical, Biblical Greek
Means "lion of God" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament it is used as another name for the city of Jerusalem. Shakespeare used it as the name of a spirit in his play 'The Tempest' (1611), and one of the moons of Uranus bears this name in his honour. As an English name, it became more common for females in the 1980s, especially after it was used for the title character in the Walt Disney film 'The Little Mermaid' (1989).
ARIK   אָרִיק   m   Hebrew
Diminutive of ARIEL.
ARYEH   אַרְיֵה   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of ARIEH.
ASA   אָסָא   m   Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Possibly means "healer" in Hebrew. This name was borne by the third king of Judah, as told in the Old Testament.
ASAF   אָסָף   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ASAPH.
ASHER   אָשֵׁר   m   Hebrew, English, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "happy, blessed" in Hebrew. Asher in the Old Testament is a son of Jacob by Leah's handmaid Zilpah, and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The meaning of his name is explained in Genesis 30:13.
ATALIA   עֲתַלְיָה   f   Hebrew
Hebrew form of ATHALIAH.
ATARA   עֲטָרָה   f   Hebrew
Variant transcription of ATARAH.
ATARAH   עֲטָרָה   f   Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "crown" in Hebrew. She was a minor Old Testament character, the wife of Jerahmeel.
AVI   אֲבִי   m   Hebrew
Means "my father" in Hebrew. It is also a diminutive of AVRAHAM or AVIRAM.
AVIA   אֲבִיָה   f   Hebrew
Variant transcription of AVIYA.
AVIDAN   אֲבִידָן   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABIDAN.
AVIGAIL   אֲבִיגַיִל   f   Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABIGAIL.
AVIHU   אֲבִיהוּא   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABIHU.
AVIRAM   אֲבִירָם   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABIRAM.
AVISHAG   אֲבִישַׁג   f   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABISHAG.
AVISHAI   אֲבִישַׁי   m   Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABISHAI.
AVIV   אֲבִיב   m & f   Hebrew
Means "spring" in Hebrew.
AVIVA   אֲבִיבָה   f   Hebrew
Feminine variant of AVIV.
AVIYA   אֲבִיָה   m & f   Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABIJAH.
AVNER   אַבְנֵר   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABNER.
AVRAHAM   אַבְרָהָם   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABRAHAM.
AVRAM   אַבְרָם   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABRAHAM.
AVRUM   אַבְֿרוּם   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of ABRAHAM.
AYAL   אַיָּל   m   Hebrew
Means "stag, hart" in Hebrew.
AYALA   אַיָּלָה   f   Hebrew
Means "doe, gazelle, hind" in Hebrew.
AYELET   אַיֶלֶת   f   Hebrew
Means "gazelle, hind". It is taken from the Hebrew phrase אַיֶלֶת הַשַׁחַר ('ayelet hashachar), literally "gazelle of dawn", which is a name of the morning star.
AYLA (1)   אֵלָה   f   Hebrew
Variant transcription of ELAH.
BAILA   בֵײלָא   f   Yiddish
Means "white" in Yiddish.
BARAK (1)   בָּרָק   m   Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lightning" in Hebrew. According to the Old Testament, Barak was a military commander under the guidance of the prophetess Deborah. They defeated the Canaanite army led by Sisera.
BARUCH   בָּרוּך   m   Biblical, Hebrew
Means "blessed" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a companion of the prophet Jeremiah, acting as his scribe and assistant. The deuterocanonical Book of Baruch was supposedly written by him. A famous bearer was Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), a Dutch-Jewish rationalist philosopher.
BARUKH   בָּרוּך   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of BARUCH.
BASHE   בַּאשֶׁע   f   Hebrew
Diminutive of BATYAH.
BASIA (2)   f   Hebrew
Diminutive of BATYAH.
BASYA   f   Hebrew
Diminutive of BATYAH.
BATEL   בַּת־אֵל   f   Hebrew
Means "daughter of God" in Hebrew.
BATSHEVA   בַּת־שֶׁבַע   f   Hebrew
Hebrew variant of BATHSHEBA.
BATYA   בַּתְיָה   f   Hebrew
Modern Hebrew variant of BITHIAH.
BATYAH   בַּתְיָה   f   Hebrew
Modern Hebrew variant of BITHIAH.
BENESH   בֶענֶעשׁ   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of BENEDICT.
BER   בֶער   m   Yiddish
Means "bear" in Yiddish, a vernacular form of Dov.
BERACHA   בְּרָכָה   f   Hebrew
Variant transcription of BRACHA.
BEYLKE   בֵײלקֶע   f   Yiddish
Diminutive of BAILA.
BINYAMIN   בִּנְיָמִין   m   Hebrew, Arabic, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew and Arabic form of BENJAMIN.
BLUMA   בְלוּמָא   f   Yiddish
Means "flower" in Yiddish.
BOAZ   בֹּעַז   m   Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "swiftness" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the man who marries Ruth.
BOSMAT   בָּשְׂמַת   f   Hebrew
Hebrew variant of BASEMATH.
BRACHA   בְּרָכָה   f   Hebrew
Means "blessing" in Hebrew.
BREINDEL   ברַײנדְל   f   Yiddish
Means "brunette" in Yiddish.
CARMEL   כַּרְמֶל   f   English, Jewish
From the title of the Virgin Mary Our Lady of Carmel. כַּרְמֶל (Karmel) (meaning "garden" in Hebrew) is a mountain in Israel mentioned in the Old Testament. It was the site of several early Christian monasteries. As an English given name, it has mainly been used by Catholics.
CHAIM   חַיִּים   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of CHAYYIM.
CHANAH   חַנָה   f   Hebrew
Variant of CHANNAH.
CHANNAH   חַנָּה   f   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of HANNAH.
CHARNA   f   Yiddish
From a Slavic word meaning "black".
CHATZKEL   חַצְקֶעל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of EZEKIEL.
CHAVA   חַוָה   f   Hebrew
Hebrew form of EVE.
CHAYA   חַיָה   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of CHAYYIM.
CHAYIM   חַיִּים   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of CHAYYIM.
CHAYYIM   חַיִּים   m   Hebrew
Derived from the Hebrew word חַיִּים (chayyim) meaning "life". It has been used since medieval times.
CHEN (2)   חֵן   m & f   Hebrew
Means "grace, charm" in Hebrew.
CHESED   חֶסֶד   f & m   Hebrew
Means "mercy" in Hebrew.
DAFNA   דַּפְנָה   f   Hebrew
Means "laurel" in Hebrew.
DALIA (3)   דַּלְיָה   f   Hebrew
Means "branch" in Hebrew.
DALIT   דָּלִית   f   Hebrew
Means "to draw water" in Hebrew.
DALYA   דַּלְיָה   f   Hebrew
Variant transcription of DALIA (3).
DAN (1)   דָּן   m   Biblical, Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew
Means "he judged" in Hebrew. Dan in the Old Testament is one of the twelve sons of Jacob by Rachel's servant Bilhah, and the founder of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. His name is explained in Genesis 30:6.
DANA (1)   דָּנָה   f   Romanian, Czech, Slovak, German, Hebrew
Feminine form of DANIEL or DAN (1).
DANIEL   דָּנִיֵּאל   m   English, Hebrew, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Armenian, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name דָּנִיֵּאל (Daniyyel) meaning "God is my judge". Daniel was a Hebrew prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. He lived during the Jewish captivity in Babylon, where he served in the court of the king, rising to prominence by interpreting the king's dreams. The book also presents Daniel's four visions of the end of the world.... [more]
DANYA (1)   דַּנְיָה   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of DAN (1).
DAR   דַּר   f & m   Hebrew
Means "mother-of-pearl, nacre" in Hebrew.
DAVID   דָּוִד   m   English, Hebrew, French, Scottish, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name דָּוִד (Dawid), which was probably derived from Hebrew דוד (dwd) meaning "beloved". David was the second and greatest of the kings of Israel, ruling in the 10th century BC. Several stories about him are told in the Old Testament, including his defeat of Goliath, a giant Philistine. According to the New Testament, Jesus was descended from him.... [more]
DEBORAH   דְּבוֹרָה   f   English, Hebrew, Biblical
Means "bee" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament Book of Judges, Deborah is a heroine and prophetess who leads the Israelites when they are threatened by the Canaanites. She forms an army under the command of Barak, and together they destroy the army of the Canaanite commander Sisera. Also in the Old Testament, this is the name of the nurse of Rebecca.... [more]
DEKEL   דֶּקֶל   m   Hebrew
Means "palm tree" in Hebrew.
DEROR   דְּרוֹר   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of DROR.
DERORIT   דְּרוֹרִית   f   Hebrew
Variant transcription of DRORIT.
DEVORAH   דְּבוֹרָה   f   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of DEBORAH.
DIKLA   דִּקְלָה   m & f   Hebrew
Variant transcription of DIKLAH.
DIKLAH   דִּקְלָה   m & f   Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Possibly means "palm grove" in Hebrew or Aramaic. In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Joktan. In modern times it is also used as a feminine name.
DOR   דּוֹר   m & f   Hebrew
Means "generation" in Hebrew.
DORI   דּוֹרִי   m   Hebrew
Means "my generation" in Hebrew.
DORIT (1)   דּוֹרִית   f   Hebrew
Strictly feminine variant of DOR.
DORON   דּוֹרוֹן   m   Hebrew
Derived from Greek δωρον (doron) meaning "gift".
DOV   דּוֹב   m   Hebrew
Means "bear" in Hebrew.
DOVID   דוד   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of DAVID.
DROR   דְּרוֹר   m   Hebrew
Means "freedom" or "sparrow" in Hebrew.
DRORIT   דְּרוֹרִית   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of DROR.
DUDEL   דודל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of DAVID.
DVORAH   דְּבוֹרָה   f   Hebrew
Hebrew form of DEBORAH.
EDEN   עֵדֶן   f & m   Hebrew, English (Modern)
Means "place of pleasure" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament the Garden of Eden was the place where the first people, Adam and Eve, lived before they were expelled.
EFRAIM   אֶפְרָיִם   m   Hebrew, Biblical
Variant of EPHRAIM.
EFRAT   אֶפְרָת   f   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of EPHRATH.
EHUD   אֵהוּד   m   Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "united" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the biblical judges. He killed Eglon, the king of Moab, and freed the city of Jericho from Moabite rule.
EIDEL   אֵײדֶעל   f   Yiddish
Means "delicate" in Yiddish.
EIRAN   עֵירָן   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ERAN.
EITAN   אֵיתָן   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of ETHAN.
ELAH   אֵלָה   f & m   Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "oak tree" or "terebinth tree" in Hebrew. This was the name of the fourth king of Israel, as told in the Old Testament. He was murdered by Zimri, who succeeded him. In modern Hebrew this is typically a feminine name.
ELAZAR   אֶלְעָזָר   m   Hebrew
Modern Hebrew transcription of ELEAZAR.
ELI (1)   עֵלִי   m   English, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
Means "ascension" in Hebrew. In the Books of Samuel in the Old Testament he is a high priest of the Israelites. He took the young Samuel into his service and gave him guidance when God spoke to him. Because of the misdeeds of his sons, Eli and his descendants were cursed to die before reaching old age.... [more]
ELI (2)   אֵלִי   m   Hebrew
Means "my God" in Hebrew.
ELIANA (2)   אֶלִיעַנָה   f   Hebrew
Means "my God has answered" in Hebrew.
ELIEZER   אֱלִיעֶזֶר   m   Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From Hebrew אֱלִיעֶזֶר ('Eli'ezer) meaning "my God is help". In the Old Testament this is the name of both a servant of Abraham and one of the sons of Moses (see Exodus 18:4 for an explanation of the significance of the name).
ELIJAH   אֱלִיָּהוּ   m   English, Hebrew, Biblical
From the Hebrew name אֱלִיָּהוּ ('Eliyyahu) meaning "my God is YAHWEH". Elijah was a Hebrew prophet and miracle worker, as told in the two Books of Kings in the Old Testament. He was active in the 9th century BC during the reign of King Ahab of Israel and his Phoenician-born queen Jezebel. Elijah confronted the king and queen over their idolatry of the Canaanite god Ba'al and other wicked deeds. At the end of his life he was carried to heaven in a chariot of fire, and was succeeded by Elisha. In the New Testament, Elijah and Moses appear next to Jesus when he is transfigured.... [more]
ELIOR   אֱלִיאוֹר   m   Hebrew
Means "my God is my light" in Hebrew.
ELIORA   אֱלִיאוֹרָה   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of ELIOR.
ELISHEVA   אֱלִישֶׁבַע   f   Hebrew
Hebrew form of ELIZABETH.
ELIYAHU   אֱלִיָּהוּ   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of ELIYYAHU.
ELIYYAHU   אֱלִיָּהוּ   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ELIJAH.
ELKAN   עֶלְקָן   m   Hebrew
Modern variant of ELKANAH.
ELKE (2)   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of ELKANAH.
EPHRAIM   אֶפְרָיִם   m   Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name אֶפְרָיִם ('Efrayim) which meant "fruitful". In the Old Testament Ephraim is a son of Joseph and Asenath and the founder of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
EREZ   אֶרֶז   m   Hebrew
Means "cedar" in Hebrew.
ESTEE   f   Jewish
Diminutive of ESTHER. A famous bearer was the American businesswoman Estée Lauder (1908-2004), founder of the cosmetics company that bears her name. Her birth name was Josephine Esther Mentzer. Apparently she added the accent to her name Estee in order to make it appear French.
ESTHER   אֶסְתֵר   f   English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Possibly means "star" in Persian. Alternatively it could be a derivative of the name of the Near Eastern goddess ISHTAR. The Book of Esther in the Old Testament tells the story of Queen Esther, the Jewish wife of the king of Persia. The king's advisor Haman persuaded the king to exterminate all the Jews in the realm. Warned of this plot by her cousin Mordecai, Esther revealed her Jewish ancestry and convinced the king to execute Haman instead. Her original Hebrew name was Hadassah.... [more]
EVRON   ֶבְֿרוֹן   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of EPHRAIM.
EYAL   אֱיָל   m   Hebrew
Means "might, strength" in Hebrew.
EYTAN   אֵיתָן   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of EITAN.
EZRA   עֶזְרָא   m   Biblical, English, Hebrew
Means "help" in Hebrew. Ezra is a prophet of the Old Testament and the author of the Book of Ezra. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the Protestant Reformation. The American poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972) was a famous bearer.
FAIGA   פֵֿײגָא   f   Yiddish
Variant of FAIGEL.
FAIGEL   פֵֿײגֶל   f   Yiddish
Derived from Yiddish פֵֿײגֶל (feigel) meaning "bird".
FAIVISH   פַֿײבֿוּשׁ   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of PHOEBUS.
FAYVEL   פַֿײבֶֿעל, פַֿײוֶעל   m   Yiddish
Variant transcription of FEIVEL.
FEIBUSH   פַֿײבוּשׁ   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of PHOEBUS, apparently used as a translation of Shimshon (see Samson).
FEIGE   פֵֿײגָא   f   Yiddish
Variant transcription of FAIGA.
FEIVEL   פַֿײבֶֿעל, פַֿײוֶעל   m   Yiddish
Diminutive of FEIBUSH.
FISHEL   פִֿישֶׁעל   m   Yiddish
Means "little fish" in Yiddish.
FISHKE   פִֿישְׁקֶע   m   Yiddish
Variant of FISHEL.
FREYDE   פֿרײדע   f   Yiddish
Means "joy" in Yiddish.
FRUMA   פֿרוּמָא   f   Yiddish
Means "pious" in Yiddish.
GAL (1)   גַּל   f & m   Hebrew
Means "wave" in Hebrew.
GALIA   גַּלְיָה   f   Hebrew
Variant of GAL (1).
GALIT   גַּלִית   f   Hebrew
Variant of GAL (1).
GAVREL   גַאבְֿרֶעל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of GABRIEL.
GAVRIEL   גַּבְרִיאֵל   m   Hebrew
Hebrew form of GABRIEL.
GEULA   גְּאֻלָה   f   Hebrew
Means "redemption" in Hebrew.
GIDEON   גִּדְעוֹן   m   Biblical, English, Hebrew
Means "feller" or "hewer" in Hebrew. Gideon is a hero and judge of the Old Testament. He led the vastly outnumbered Israelites against the Midianites, defeated them, and killed their two kings. In the English-speaking world, Gideon has been used as a given name since the Protestant Reformation, and it was popular among the Puritans.
GID'ON   גִּדְעוֹן   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of GIDEON.
GIL (3)   גִּיל   m   Hebrew
Means "joy, happiness" in Hebrew.
GILAD   גִּלְעָד   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of GILEAD.
GILAH   גִּילָה   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of GIL (3).
GILI   גִּילִי   f & m   Hebrew
Means "my joy" in Hebrew.
GITTEL   גִיטְל   f   Yiddish
Means "good" in Yiddish.
GLUKE   גְלוּקֶע   f   Yiddish
Means "good luck" in Yiddish.
GLUKEL   גְלוּקְל   f   Yiddish
Diminutive of GLUKE.
GOLDA   גוֹלְדָא   f   Yiddish
Means "gold" in Yiddish.
GOLDIE (2)   f   Yiddish
Variant of GOLDA.
HADAR   הָדָר   f & m   Hebrew
Means "splendour, glory" in Hebrew.
HADAS   הֲדַס   f   Hebrew
Means "myrtle tree" in Hebrew.
HADASSAH   הֲדַסָּה   f   Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
From Hebrew הֲדַס (hadas) meaning "myrtle tree". In the Old Testament this is the Hebrew name of Queen Esther.
HAGIT   חַגִּית   f   Hebrew
Hebrew form of HAGGITH.
HAIM   חַיִּים   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of CHAYYIM.
HANNAH   חַנָּה   f   English, Hebrew, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Biblical
From the Hebrew name חַנָּה (Channah) meaning "favour" or "grace". In the Old Testament this is the name of the wife of Elkanah. Her rival was Elkanah's other wife Peninnah, who had children while Hannah remained barren. After a blessing from Eli she finally became pregnant with Samuel.... [more]
HASKEL   הַשְׂכֵּל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of EZEKIEL.
HAVA   חַוָה   f   Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of EVE.
HAYIM   חַיִּים   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of CHAYYIM.
HAYYIM   חַיִּים   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of CHAYYIM.
HEBEL   הֶבֶל   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of HEVEL.
HED   הֵד   m & f   Hebrew
Means "echo" in Hebrew.
HENA   הֶענַא   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HENDA   הֶענדָא   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HENDEL   הֶנדְל   f   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of HANNAH.
HENE   הֶענֶע   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HENYE   הֶענְיֶע   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HERSCHEL   הֶערשֶׁעל, הֶרשֶׁל   m   Yiddish, American
Variant of HERSHEL.
HERSH   הֶערְשׁ, הֶרְשׁ   m   Yiddish
Means "deer" in Yiddish. The deer is particularly associated with the tribe of Naphtali (see Genesis 49:21).
HERSHEL   הֶערשֶׁעל, הֶרשֶׁל   m   Yiddish, American
Yiddish diminutive of HERSH. As a non-Jewish American name (somewhat common around the end of the 19th century), it was likely inspired by the German surname HERSCHEL, borne for instance by the British astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822).
HERUT   חֵרוּת   f   Hebrew
Means "freedom" in Hebrew.
HESHEL   הֶעשֶׁעל   m   Yiddish
Variant of HERSHEL.
HEVEL   הֶבֶל   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ABEL.
HILA   הִילָה   f   Hebrew
Means "halo" in Hebrew.
HILLEL   הִלֵּל   m   Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew הלל (halal) meaning "praise". This name is mentioned briefly in the Old Testament as the father of the judge Abdon.
HIRSH   הֶערְשׁ, הֶרְשׁ   m   Yiddish
Variant transcription of HERSH.
HIRSHEL   הֶערשֶׁעל, הֶרשֶׁל   m   Yiddish
Variant transcription of HERSHEL.
HODE   הָאדֶע   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of HADASSAH.
HODEL   הָאדֶעל   f   Yiddish
Diminutive of HODE.
HUDES   הוּדֶעס   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of JUDITH.
HYAM   חַיִּים   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of CHAYYIM.
HYMAN   הײמן   m   Yiddish
Alteration of HYAM influenced by Yiddish man "man".
HYMIE   m   Yiddish
Diminutive of HYMAN.
IDAN   עִידָן   m   Hebrew
Means "era" in Hebrew.
ILAN   אִילָן   m   Hebrew
Means "tree" in Hebrew.
ILANA   אִילָנָה   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of ILAN.
ILANIT   אִילָנִית   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of ILAN.
IMMANUEL   עִמָּנוּאֵל   m   German, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Form of EMMANUEL used in most translations of the Old Testament. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) was a German philosopher who held that duty was of highest importance.
INBAL   עִנְבָּל   f   Hebrew
Means "tongue of a bell" in Hebrew.
INBAR   עִנְבָּר, עִינְבָּר   f   Hebrew
Means "amber" in Hebrew.
IRA (1)   עִירָא   m   Biblical, English, Hebrew
Means "watchful" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of King David's priest. As an English Christian given name, Ira began to be used after the Protestant Reformation. In the 17th century the Puritans brought it to America, where remained moderately common into the 20th century.
IRIT   עִירִית   f   Hebrew
Means "asphodel" in Hebrew (an asphodel is a type of flower).
IRVING   m   English, Scottish, Jewish
From a Scottish surname which was in turn derived from a Scottish place name meaning "green water". Historically this name has been relatively common among Jews, who have used it as an American-sounding form of Hebrew names beginning with I such as Isaac, Israel and Isaiah. A famous bearer was the Russian-American songwriter and lyricist Irving Berlin (1888-1989), whose birth name was Israel Beilin.
ISAAC   יִצְחָק   m   English, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name יִצְחָק (Yitzchaq) meaning "he will laugh, he will rejoice", derived from צָחַק (tzachaq) meaning "to laugh". The Old Testament explains this meaning, by recounting that Abraham laughed when God told him that his aged wife Sarah would become pregnant with Isaac (see Genesis 17:17). When Isaac was a boy, God tested Abraham's faith by ordering him to sacrifice his son, though an angel prevented the act at the last moment. Isaac went on to become the father of Esau and Jacob with his wife Rebecca.... [more]
ISER   אִיסֶר   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of ISRAEL.
ISIDORE   m   English, French, Georgian, Jewish
From the Greek name Ισιδωρος (Isidoros) which meant "gift of Isis", derived from the name of the Egyptian goddess ISIS combined with Greek δωρον (doron) "gift". Saint Isidore of Seville was a 6th-century archbishop, historian and theologian.... [more]
ISRAEL   יִשְׂרָאֵל   m   Jewish, English, Biblical, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name יִשְׂרָאֵל (Yisra'el) meaning "God contended". In the Old Testament Israel (who was formerly named Jacob; see Genesis 32:28) wrestles with an angel. The ancient and modern states of Israel took their names from him.
ISSUR   אִיסָער   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of ISRAEL.
ITAI   אִתַּי, אִיתַי   m   Hebrew
Hebrew form of ITHAI.
ITAMAR   אִיתָמָר   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ITHAMAR.
ITZHAK   יִצְחָק   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of YITZHAK.
IYOV   אִיּוֹב   m   Hebrew
Hebrew form of JOB.
JACOB   יַעֲקֹב   m   English, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Jewish, Biblical
From the Latin Iacobus, which was from the Greek Ιακωβος (Iakobos), which was from the Hebrew name יַעֲקֹב (Ya'aqov). In the Old Testament Jacob (later called Israel) is the son of Isaac and Rebecca and the father of the twelve founders of the twelve tribes of Israel. He was born holding his twin brother Esau's heel, and his name is explained as meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter", because he twice deprived his brother of his rights as the firstborn son (see Genesis 27:36). Other theories claim that it is in fact derived from a hypothetical name like יַעֲקֹבְאֵל (Ya'aqov'el) meaning "may God protect".... [more]
JAFFE   יָפֶה   m & f   Hebrew
Variant transcription of YAFE.
JARON (1)   יָרוֹן   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of YARON.
JUDITH   יְהוּדִית   f   English, Jewish, French, German, Spanish, Biblical
From the Hebrew name יְהוּדִית (Yehudit) meaning "woman from Judea", Judea being an ancient region in Israel. In the Old Testament Judith is one of the Hittite wives of Esau. This is also the name of the main character of the apocryphal Book of Judith. She killed Holofernes, an invading Assyrian commander, by beheading him in his sleep.... [more]
KAILA   קַײלָע   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of KELILA.
KAPEL   m   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of JACOB.
KAYLA (2)   קַײלָע   f   Yiddish
Variant transcription of KAILA.
KELILA   כְּלִילָה   f   Hebrew
Means "crown of laurel" in Hebrew.
KEREN   קֶרֶן   f   Hebrew
Means "horn" or "ray of light" in Hebrew.
KESHET   קֶשֶׁת   m & f   Hebrew
Means "rainbow" in Hebrew.
KFIR   כְּפִיר   m   Hebrew
Means "lion cub" in Hebrew.
KINERET   כִּנֶּרֶת   f   Hebrew
Variant transcription of KINNERET.
KINNERET   כִּנֶּרֶת   f   Hebrew
From the name of the large lake in northern Israel, usually called the Sea of Galilee in English. Its name is derived from Hebrew כִּנּוֹר (kinnor) meaning "harp" because of its shape.
KOPPEL   קָאפֶּּעל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of JACOB.
KREINDEL   קְרַײנְדֶעל   f   Yiddish
Diminutive of KREINE.
KREINE   קְרַײנֶע   f   Yiddish
Means "crown" in Yiddish.
LAVI   לָבִיא   m   Hebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew.
LAZER   לֵײזֶער   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of ELIEZER.
LEAH   לֵאָה   f   English, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
From the Hebrew name לֵאָה (Le'ah) which was probably derived from the Hebrew word לְאָה (le'ah) meaning "weary". Alternatively it might derive from a Chaldean name meaning "mistress" or "ruler" in Akkadian. In the Old Testament Leah is the first wife of Jacob and the mother of seven of his children. Jacob's other wife was Leah's sister Rachel. Although this name was used by Jews in the Middle Ages, it was not typical as an English Christian name until after the Protestant Reformation, being common among the Puritans.
LEEBA   לִיבָא   f   Yiddish
Means "beloved" in Yiddish.
LEV (2)   לֵב   m   Hebrew
Means "heart" in Hebrew.
LEVI   לֵוִי   m   Hebrew, English, Dutch, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Possibly means "joined, attached" in Hebrew. As told in the Old Testament, Levi was the third son of Jacob and Leah, and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of the Israelites, known as the Levites. This was the tribe that formed the priestly class of the Israelites. The brothers Moses and Aaron were members. In the New Testament this is another name for the apostle Matthew. As an English Christian name, Levi came into use after the Protestant Reformation.
LI (2)   לִי   f & m   Hebrew
Means "to me" in Hebrew.
LIAT   לִיאַת   f   Hebrew
Means "you are mine" in Hebrew.
LIBI   לִיבִי   f   Hebrew
Means "my heart" in Hebrew.
LIEBER   לִיבֶער   m   Yiddish
Means "beloved" in Yiddish.
LIHI   לִיהִי, לִיהִיא   f   Hebrew
Means "she is mine" in Hebrew.
LILACH   לִילָךּ   f   Hebrew
Means "lilac" in Hebrew.
LIOR   לִיאוֹר   m & f   Hebrew
Means "light for me" in Hebrew.
LIORA   לִיאוֹרָה   f   Hebrew
Strictly feminine form of LIOR.
LIORIT   לִיאוֹרִית   f   Hebrew
Strictly feminine form of LIOR.
LIRON   לִירוֹן   m & f   Hebrew
Means "song for me" or "joy for me" in Hebrew.
LITAL   לִיטַל   f   Hebrew
Means "my dew" in Hebrew.
LIVNA   לִבְנָה   f   Hebrew
Means "white" in Hebrew.
LIVNAT   לִבְנַת   f   Hebrew
Variant of LIVNA.
MAAYAN   מַעֲיָן   f & m   Hebrew
Means "spring of water" in Hebrew.
MALACHI   מַלְאָכִי   m   Hebrew, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew מַלְאָכִי (Mal'akhiy) meaning "my messenger" or "my angel". This is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Malachi, which some claim foretells the coming of Christ. In England the name came into use after the Protestant Reformation.
MALKA   מַלְכָּה   f   Hebrew
Means "queen" in Hebrew.
MAOR   מָאוֹר   m   Hebrew
Means "light" in Hebrew.
MARGALIT   מַרְגָלִית   f   Hebrew
Means "pearl" in Hebrew, ultimately from Greek μαργαριτης (margarites).
MARGALITA   מַרְגָלִיתָה   f   Hebrew
Variant of MARGALIT.
MARGANITA   מַרְגָנִיתָה   f   Hebrew
From the name of a type of flowering plant common in Israel, called the scarlet pimpernel in English.
MATAN   מַתָּן   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of MATTAN.
MATTITYAHU   מַתִּתְיָהוּ   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of MATTHEW.
MAYA (3)   מַיָּה   f   Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew מַיִם (mayim) "water".
MAYTAL   מֵיטַל   f   Hebrew
Variant transcription of MEITAL.
MEIR   מֵאִיר   m   Hebrew
Means "giving light" in Hebrew.
MEIRA   מֵאִירָה   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of MEIR.
MEIRIT   מֵאִירִית   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of MEIR.
MEITAL   מֵיטַל   f   Hebrew
Means "dew drop" in Hebrew.
MELECH   מֶלֶך   m   Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "king" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Micah (not the prophet).
MELEK (1)   מֶלֶך   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of MELECH.
MENACHEM   מְנַחֵם   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MENAHEM.
MENAHEM   מְנַחֵם   m   Biblical, Hebrew
From the Hebrew name מְנַחֵם (Menachem) meaning "comforter". This was the name of a king of Israel, appearing in the Old Testament. His reign was noted for its brutality.
MENASHE   מְנַשֶּׁה   m   Hebrew
Hebrew form of MANASSEH.
MENDEL   מֶנְדְל   m   Yiddish
Originally this was probably a Yiddish diminutive of MANNO. It is now used as a diminutive of MENAHEM.
MENUHA   מְנוּחָה   f   Hebrew
Means "tranquility" in Hebrew.
MERAV   מֵרַב   f   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MERAB (1).
MESHULAM   מְשֻׁלָּם   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of MESHULLAM.
MESHULLAM   מְשֻׁלָּם   m   Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means either "paid for" or "friend" in Hebrew. This was the name of many characters in the Old Testament.
MEYER   מֵאִיר   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of MEIR. It also coincides with a German surname meaning "mayor, leader".
MICHAL (2)   מִיכַל   f   Biblical, Hebrew
Possibly means "brook" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament she is a daughter of Saul. She was married to David, but after David fled from Saul he remarried her to someone else. Later, when David became king, he ordered her returned to him.
MIKHA'EL   מִיכָאֵל   m   Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MICHAEL.
MIRELE   מִירֶעל   f   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of MIRIAM.
MIRIAM   מִרְיָם   f   Hebrew, English, German, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Original Hebrew form of MARY. It is used in the Old Testament, where it belongs to the elder sister of Moses and Aaron. She watched over the infant Moses as the pharaoh's daughter drew him from the Nile. The name has long been popular among Jews, and it has been used as an English Christian name since the Protestant Reformation.
MIRON (2)   מִירוֹן   m   Hebrew
From the name of the highest mountain in Israel, Mount Meron. It is also the name of a village on its slopes, thought to be on the same site as the ancient Canaanite city of Merom.
MOISHE   משה   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of MOSES.
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