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Subject: Re: Jews & Elizabeth
Author: egyptianpanda   (Authenticated as egyptianpanda)
Date: March 18, 2019 at 5:41:11 AM
Reply to: Jews & Elizabeth by LMS
This is just a theory, and I could be completely off, but I suspect that it could be because it was never as common as a Biblical name there in the past. While many Jews in Israel give Biblical names to their children (especially the Orthodox), those names are actually really dated there. For example, I have a cousin named Dina who was born in the US; when our young Israeli cousins found out, their response was that it was an "old-lady name."

Elisheva, the wife of Aaron, is an incredibly minor and relatively unimportant character in the Old Testament (unlike the Elizabeth in the New Testament). Because of that, I suspect that it may not have the same dated feeling as other Biblical names. So instead of naming their daughter Esther after her grandmother, parents may be more likely to go with Elisheva to honor her instead.

Esther was one of the most common names given to Israeli girls in the 1950s, and many of those Esthers are now becoming grandmothers. Israel is mostly Sephardic Jewish and they name children after living relatives. I don't think that it is that unreasonable to assume that many of these Elishevas have a grandmother named Ester or Esther.

This message was edited by the author on March 18, 2019 at 5:45:13 AM

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