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ABAYE m Hebrew
Means "little father" in Hebrew. The rabbi Nachmani (see Nachman
) (c. 280 – c. 339) was known as Abaye, to differentiate him from his grandfather with the same name.
ABBA m Ancient Aramaic, Hebrew, Jewish
Derived from Aramaic אבא (’abā’)
meaning "father", which is ultimately derived from Proto-Semitic ʾab
ABIR m Hebrew
Means "strong, mighty" in Hebrew (compare Adir
), derived from the root of אבר (ʿabar)
"to strive upward, mount, soar, fly" (allegedly the name also means "aroma"; cf. the feminine אבירית (Avirit)
"air, atmosphere, spirit").
ACHITOPHEL m Biblical, Hebrew
Means "my brother is foolish" or "brother of foolishness" in Hebrew, derived from Hebrew ach
"brother" and aph'el
"to act foolishly". In the bible, this was the name of one of King David's most trusted advisors.
ACHVA f Hebrew
Means "fraternity, comradeship, brotherhood" in Hebrew.
ADAR f & m Hebrew
Variant of Adara
("noble, exalted, praised"). Adar features in the Jewish calendar as the name of the twelfth month of the biblical year and the sixth month of the civil year, when Purim is celebrated ("thus girls born during this period often bear the name Adara
ADERET f Hebrew (Rare)
Aderet comes from Ezekiel 17:8, meaning "glorious" in the phrase לְגֶ֥פֶן אַדָּֽרֶת (legefen ’addaret)
"a glorious vine", a symbol of reborn Israel.... [more]
ADIEL m & f Biblical, Hebrew
Means "ornament of God" or possibly "God passes by". This is the name of several characters in the Bible.
ADIELLA f Hebrew
The meaning of Adiella is “Adornment of the Lord”.
AFIA m Jewish
Refers to a person who possesses strength, health, or well-being.
AFIK m & f Hebrew
Means "channel" or "brook" in Hebrew.
AHASUERUS m Biblical, Hebrew (Latinized)
A name used several times in the Hebrew Bible, as well as related legends and Apocrypha. The name Ahasuerus is equivalent to the Greek name Xerxes
, both deriving from the Old Persian language Xšayārša... [more]
AIDEL f Yiddish
Means "cultured, refined, delicate" in Yiddish.
ALJOHAR f Judeo-Spanish
Medieval Navarran Jewish name, probably derived from the Arabic phrase al Jawhari
"the gem". This name was used by Jewish women in the medieval kingdom of Navarre, occurring in 14th- and 15th-century documents written by Jews in Hebrew or Ladino (Ladino being the everyday language of the Jews; it is akin to Spanish, but was written down using Hebrew characters).... [more]
ALTADONNA f Judeo-Italian (Archaic), Medieval Jewish
Derived from Italian alta
, the feminine form of the adjective alto
, meaning "high; deep; big; towering; elevated" and, when used in a poetic context, "grand; sublime; noble" and donna
ALUMA f Hebrew (Modern, Rare)
Possibly from the (medieval) Hebrew word אֲלוּמָה (aluma)
meaning "strong, brave" (which, in modern Hebrew, sounds like the word אֲלֻמָּה (alma)
"sheaf"). It is sometimes associated with the word עלמה (alma)
"a young girl, a damsel".
AMIEL m Biblical, Hebrew
Variant of Ammiel
. Occurs in the Book of Numbers 13:12: Amiel, who represented the tribe of Dan, was one of the twelve spies sent out by Moses to survey the land of Canaan.
AMIKAM m Jewish
Means "my people has risen up" in Hebrew. This is a modern name.
AMIRAM m Hebrew
Variant form of Amram
. A known bearer of this name is the Israeli chemist and activist Amiram Goldblum (b. 1945).
AMIRON m Hebrew
Means "my nation is a song" or "my people sings" in Hebrew, derived from Hebrew עַם (am)
"nation, people" combined with Hebrew רֹן (ron)
"singing, song" as well as "joyful sounds, shout of joy".
AMMI m Jewish, Biblical, Jewish Legend, Hebrew
Means "my people" in Hebrew. This is the name of a character in the Old Testament, Hosea's second son, who was originally named Lo-Ammi
meaning "not my people" but was renamed Ammi
"my people"... [more]
AMMINADAB m Hebrew
Means "my people are generous" in Hebrew. This is the name of a minor character in Genesis.
AMRAPHEL m Biblical, Hebrew
Means "one that speaks of dark things" or "he whose words are dark" in Hebrew, derived from Hebrew amár
"to say" and aphél
"dark, obscure". In the bible, this was the name of a king of Shinar.
AMSCHEL m Yiddish
Variant of Amshel
. This name was borne by several members of the famous Rothschild family, the most notable being Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812).
AMSHEL m Yiddish
Variant form of Anshel
. It should be noted that there are also sources that claim that it is derived from Hebrew amsel
ANAEL m & f Judeo-Christian Legend, Biblical, Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew name of uncertain meaning, possibly "God answers" (making it an equivalent of Anaiah
, using el
"God" as the second element as opposed to yah
"); alternatively the first element may be related to chanah
"favour, grace" (making it a relative of Hananiah
and perhaps a form of Hanniel
ANATHOTH m Biblical, Hebrew
Apparently means "answer to prayers" in Hebrew, with the first element derived from Hebrew anáh
"to answer". In the bible, Anathoth was one of the sons of Becher
, who in turn was the son of Benjamin
ARAVA f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew name meaning both "willow tree" and "desert" or "savanna, prairie". Traditionally the ערבה (aravah)
, a leafy willow branch, is used in a waving ceremony during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot... [more]
ARAZIEL m Hebrew, Judeo-Christian Legend
Apparently means "light of God" or "moon of God" in Hebrew. This is the name of a fallen angel who was cast out of heaven by God for having relations with earthly women.
ARBEL m & f Hebrew
Mount Arbel is a mountain in The Lower Galilee near Tiberias in Israel. From the lookout atop the mountain, one can see almost all of the Galilee into the Golan Heights including Safed, Tiberias and most of the Sea of Galilee.
ASHIRA f Hebrew
Means "I will sing", directly from the Hebrew word in the Old Testament.... [more]
ASNAT f Yiddish, Hebrew
Variant transcription of 'Asenat
. 'The Biblical pronunciation is "Asnat"; today, it is often pronounced "Osnat".'
ATHAIAH m & f Biblical, Hebrew
Means "the Lord's time" in Hebrew. In the Bible, this was the son of Uzziah.
AVIGDOR m Hebrew (Rare)
In the Bible, the name Avigdor was one of the 6 names of Moses
mention in Midrash. In modern times, this name is used as a Hebrew form of Victor
AVINOAM m Hebrew
Means "my father is pleasant" in Hebrew, from a combination of the names Avi
AVIOR m & f Hebrew (Modern)
Combination of the names Avi
means "my father is light" or "I'll bring the light" (from the word אביא means "I'll bring") in Hebrew.
AVRON m Italian, Jewish
Ancient Sicilian but now being used as a first name again; was taken from Sicily by Jews somewhere around 500 years ago (or longer), and became a Jewish sir-name (e.g., Arnon Avron the mathematician)... [more]
AYA f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew acronym for "The Beautiful Land of Israel" (Hebrew: ארץ ישראל היפה).... [more]
BAR m & f Hebrew
Means "son" or "grain, cereal" in Hebrew.
BARZILLAI m Biblical, Hebrew
Derived from Aramaic or Hebrew barzillay
meaning "(man) of iron" or "iron-hearted", which was derived from barzel
"iron". In the Hebrew Bible this was the name of three Israelites, including Barzillai the Gileadite... [more]
BAVA m Hebrew
Bava or Baba is the name of various figures of the Talmud.... [more]
BELLULS f Jewish
From the Latin bellule (pretty, nice, well-formed), this is found in a Jewish catacomb in Rome as the name of a woman. It is possibly the precursor to such names as the Sephardic Bela
and the Yiddish Shayna
BENAMMI m Hebrew, Biblical
Means "son of my people" in Hebrew. This is the name of several people in the Bible.
BERIAH m English, Hebrew, Biblical
Probably derived from a Hebrew root meaning "to make noise", or another Hebrew root meaning "in evil". This is the name of multiple people in the Bible.
BESULA f Jewish
This is found in the Jewish catacombs of Rome as the name of a woman.
BETHSHALOM m & f Hebrew
beth is the hebrew word for house, while shalom is the hebrew for peace. meaning house of peace.
BETSALEL m Hebrew, Biblical
Means "in the shadow" in Hebrew. In the bible, this is the name of a son of Uri who was one of the architects of the tabernacle, and the name of an Israelite.
BEZALEEL m Hebrew (Anglicized), English (Puritan)
Anglicized form of Hebrew Betsalel
, meaning "in the shadow." In the bible, this is the name of a son of Uri who was one of the architects of the tabernacle, and the name of an Israelite.
BIBI m Hebrew
Diminutive of Binyamin
. This is borne by Israeli prime minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu (1949-).
BIELKE f Yiddish
Variant of Beylke
. Jerry Bock used this for the name of Tevye
's fifth daughter in his musical 'Fiddler on the Roof' (1964).
BINA f Yiddish, Hebrew
Yiddish name derived from bin(e)
"bee", which was originally used as a translation of the Hebrew name Deborah
, though it has since become associated with modern Hebrew bina
BOBE f Yiddish
Means "grandmother" in Yiddish. This is the feminine equivalent of Zeyde
BODHANA f Jewish, Yiddish
Bodhana is a Yiddish name, made from the combined elements of BOD (the Ukranian word meaning G-d) and HAN (from the Hebrew, meaning gracious).... [more]
BONADONNA f Judeo-Italian (Archaic)
Derived from Italian bona
, an older form of buona
, the feminine form of the adjective buono
, "good; pleasant; kind" and donna