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
. 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.
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.
מוֹר f & m Hebrew
Means "myrrh" in Hebrew.
מוֹרָן f & m Hebrew
Means "viburnum shrub" in Hebrew.
מָרְדֳּכַי m Biblical, Hebrew
Means "servant of MARDUK
" in Persian. In the Old Testament Mordecai is the cousin and foster father of Esther
. He thwarted a plot to kill the Persian king, though he made an enemy of the king's chief advisor Haman.
מֹשֶׁה m English, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name מֹשֶׁה (Mosheh)
which is most likely derived from Egyptian mes
meaning "son", but could also possibly mean "deliver" in Hebrew. The meaning suggested in the Old Testament of "drew out" from Hebrew משה (mashah)
is probably an invented etymology (see Exodus 2:10). The biblical Moses was drawn out of the Nile by the pharaoh's daughter and adopted into the royal family, at a time when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt. With his brother Aaron
he demanded the pharaoh release the Israelites, which was only done after God sent ten plagues upon Egypt. Moses led the people across the Red Sea and to Mount Sinai, where he received the Ten Commandments from God. After 40 years of wandering in the desert the people reached Canaan, the Promised Land, but Moses died just before entering it.... [more]
נַעֲמָה f Biblical, Hebrew
Means "pleasant" in Hebrew. This name is borne in the Old Testament by both a daughter of Lamech
and a wife of Solomon
. Some later Jewish texts give Naamah as the name of Noah
's wife, even though she is not named in the Old Testament.
נָעֳמִי f English, Hebrew, Biblical
From the Hebrew name נָעֳמִי (Na'omiy)
meaning "pleasantness". In the Old Testament this is the name of the mother-in-law of Ruth
. After the death of her husband and sons, she returned to Bethlehem with Ruth. There she declared that her name should be Mara
(see Ruth 1:20).... [more]
נֶטַע f Hebrew
Means "plant, shrub" in Hebrew.
נִילִי f Hebrew
Acronym of the phrase נצח ישׂראל לא ישׁקר (Netzach Yisrael Lo Yishaker)
meaning "the eternity of Israel will not lie". This phrase appears in the Old Testament in Samuel 15:29. It was used as the name of a Jewish spy network in Palestine during World War I.
נִיר m Hebrew
Means "plowed field" in Hebrew.
נִיב m Hebrew
Means either "speech, expression" or "fang, tusk" in Hebrew.
נוֹעַם m & f Hebrew
Means "pleasantness" in Hebrew. A famous bearer is Noam Chomsky (1928-), an American linguist and philosopher.
נֹגַה m & f Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "brightness" in Hebrew. This is the name of a son of King David
in the Old Testament. In modern times it is sometimes used as a feminine name.
נוֹי f & m Hebrew
Means "beauty" in Hebrew.
נוֹיָה f Hebrew
Means "divine beauty" in Hebrew.
נוּרִית f Hebrew
Means "buttercup flower" in Hebrew (genus Ranunculus).
עֹפֶר m Hebrew
Means "fawn" in Hebrew. This makes it a modern variant of the Classical Hebrew name Ophrah
עָפְרָה m & f Hebrew
Hebrew form of OPHRAH
. Originally it was a masculine name, but it is now used for females too.
עֹמֶר m Hebrew
Means "sheaf of wheat" in Hebrew.
עָמְרִי m Biblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Possibly means "life" or "servant" in Hebrew (or a related Semitic language). This was the name of a 9th-century BC military commander who became king of Israel. He appears in the Old Testament, where he is denounced as being wicked.
אוֹר m & f Hebrew
Means "light" in Hebrew.
אוֹרְאֵל m Hebrew
Means "light of God" in Hebrew.
אוֹרִי m & f Hebrew
Means "my light" in Hebrew.
אוֹרְלִי f Hebrew
Means "light for me" in Hebrew.
רַעֲנָן m Hebrew
Means "fresh, invigorating" in Hebrew.
רָבִיד m & f Hebrew
Means "ornament, necklace" in Hebrew.
רָז m & f Hebrew
Means "secret" in Hebrew.
רְאוּבֵן m Biblical, Hebrew, English
Means "behold, a son" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is the eldest son of Jacob
and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Reuben was cursed by his father because he slept with Jacob's concubine Bilhah
. It has been used as a Christian name in Britain since the Protestant Reformation.
רְעוּת f Hebrew
Means "friend" in Hebrew, making it a variant of the Biblical name Ruth
רוֹתֶם m & f Hebrew
From the name of a desert plant (species Retama raetam), possibly derived from Hebrew רְתֹם (retom)
meaning "to bind".
שָׂגִיא m Hebrew
Means "elevated, sublime" in Hebrew.
שְׁמוּאֵל m English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Jewish, Biblical
From the Hebrew name שְׁמוּאֵל (Shemu'el)
which could mean either "name of God" or "God has heard". As told in the Books of Samuel in the Old Testament, Samuel was the last of the ruling judges. He led the Israelites during a period of domination by the Philistines, who were ultimately defeated in battle at Mizpah. Later he anointed Saul
to be the first king of Israel, and even later anointed his successor David
שָׂרָה f English, French, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lady, princess, noblewoman" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of Abraham
's wife, considered the matriarch of the Jewish people. She was barren until she unexpectedly became the pregnant with Isaac
at the age of 90. Her name was originally Sarai
, but God changed it at the same time Abraham's name was changed (see Genesis 17:15).... [more]
שָׁאוּל m Biblical, Jewish, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name שָׁאוּל (Sha'ul)
which meant "asked for, prayed for". This was the name of the first king of Israel, as told in the Old Testament. Before the end of his reign he lost favour with God, and after a defeat by the Philistines he was succeeded by David
as king. In the New Testament, Saul was the original Hebrew name of the apostle Paul
שִׁירָה f Hebrew
Means "poetry" or "singing" in Hebrew.
שִׂמְחָה f & m Hebrew
Means "happiness, joy" in Hebrew.
סִיסְל f Yiddish
Means "sweet" in Yiddish. This name is also used as a Yiddish form of CECILIA
שְׁלֹמֹה m Biblical, English, Jewish
From the Hebrew name שְׁלֹמֹה (Shelomoh)
which was derived from Hebrew שָׁלוֹם (shalom)
"peace". As told in the Old Testament, Solomon was a king of Israel, the son of David
. He was renowned for his wisdom and wealth. Towards the end of his reign he angered God by turning to idolatry. Supposedly, he was the author of the Book of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon.... [more]
סתָו, סתיו f & m Hebrew
Means "autumn" in Hebrew.
טַל m & f Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew טַל (tal)
טַלְיָה, טַלְיָא f Hebrew
Means "dew from God" in Hebrew.
תָּמָר f Hebrew, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "palm tree" in Hebrew. According to the Old Testament Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah
and later his wife. This was also the name of a daughter of King David
. She was raped by her half-brother Amnon
, leading to his murder by her brother Absalom
. The name was borne by a 12th-century ruling queen of Georgia who presided over the kingdom at the peak of its power.
אוּרִיאֵל m Biblical, Hebrew
From the Hebrew name אוּרִיאֵל ('Uri'el)
which meant "God is my light". Uriel was one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition. He is mentioned only in the Apocrypha, for example in the Book of Enoch where he warns Noah
of the coming flood.
װֶעלװֶעל m Yiddish
Means "wolf" in Yiddish. This name can also be used as a Yiddish form of WILLIAM
יַעֲרָה f Hebrew
Means "honeycomb" and "honeysuckle" in Hebrew.
יָנִיב m Hebrew
Means "he will prosper" in Hebrew.
יָרוֹן m Hebrew
Means "to sing, to shout" in Hebrew.
יֶענטֶע f Yiddish
Possibly a variant of YENTL
. It also means "gossip" in Yiddish.
יֶענְטל f Yiddish
Yiddish form of the French nickname Gentille
, meaning "noble, aristocratic".
צִיוֹן m Jewish, Biblical
From the name of a citadel which was in the center of Jerusalem. Zion is also used to refer to a Jewish homeland and to heaven.
זִיו m & f Hebrew
Means "bright, radiant" in Hebrew. This was the ancient name of the second month of the Jewish calendar.
זֹהַר m & f Hebrew
Means "light, brilliance" in Hebrew.