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My Ethiopian Dad thinks this name means "Gift of God". Well... That goes for most of this with the spelling "Leor".
LionB3  12/23/2019
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OK update. That meaning of "Light for me"/"My light" might refer to the BEAM of light that appeared in the universe that came from NOTHING to be "God's gift" -- which can be INTERPOLATED as "Gift of God". It's referring in the way of which God says "Let there be light" -- and then light appeared in the universe. Soooo... The meaning that is "Gift of God" might ACTUALLY be related to that by its light beam. This can also go with the spelling of "Leor".
LionB3  4/19/2020
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My Ethiopian dad (Siyoum) found THIS kind of information on a book on "Ethiopian Jewish Names" (I think...).
LionB3  5/3/2020
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Hebrew unisex names are common, there is no need to gender them. You will probably not meet a male Rivka or a female Benjamin, but with Lior it doesn't matter as much. This is a very pretty name for a girl and nice name for a boy.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2019
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Lior Shamriz (b.1978) is an Israeli writer, producer and film director. "Beyond Love and Companionship" (2012) and "Saturn Returns" (2009) are two of his most accomplished films. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lior_Shamriz)

Lior Shambadal (b.1950) is an Israeli composer and conductor. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lior_Shambadal)

Lior Patcher (b.1973) is an Israeli computational biologist. He is a professor of molecular and cell biology, mathematics and computer science. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lior_Pachter)

Lior Narkis (b.1976) is an Israeli singer. He had his debut in 1992 and represented Israel in Eurovision in 2003. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lior_Narkis).
― Anonymous User  10/6/2017
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Unisex names are common and acceptable in Israel. The meaning of Lior is suitable for both genders. Liora, however, would be strictly feminine.

People in Western cultures, however, often feel uncomfortable with this concept and MUST associate names with a particular gender. In Germany and Argentina, for example, the naming laws prohibit names that don't specify a particular gender. In Israel, this unisex trend became common 20 or so years ago when people were pushing for gender equality. However, it is now becoming less common as people have realized that this leads to confusion.

Nevertheless, I think Lior is perfectly fine for a boy or a girl.
Tiger Lilly  6/18/2013
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The literal translation of this name is "To me a light", but I think it would best be translated to "I have a light". It surely doesn't mean "My light", that would be Ori (also a name). [noted -ed]
tFighterPilot  3/15/2013
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Actually, in Hebrew this means "to light" (as in, "from darkness to light" or "I walked towards the light") rather than "my light". The Hebrew prefix "le" or "li" means "to". The Hebrew word "li" means "to me", and would not be used in this context. "My light" in Hebrew would be "Or sheli" or "Ori".
Luanna  7/3/2008
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Lior actually does mean 'my light'. Li (lamed yod) means 'mine, my, I have', etc. Just lamed as a prefix means 'to'.
So 'to light' is incorrect, while 'my light' is correct.
K.G Valentina  8/25/2011
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Australian singer Lior.
― Anonymous User  5/7/2007
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There used to be a girl in my English class named Lior. She used to live in Israel. I always liked her name, and I think the meaning makes it even better.
Elphaba  2/2/2007
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I think Lior is a very warm and sweet name. Doesn't sound feminine to me at all.
karinaariella  11/26/2006
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Pretty, sounds kind of feminine to me, the meaning is nice too.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2006
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Pronounced lee-or.
Miss Claire  7/29/2006
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The name of one of the title characters of the film "Yossi & Jagger". Yossi and Lior (who is nicknamed "Jagger" for his rock-star attractiveness) are two Israeli soldiers who are in love with each other, but have to endure fighting at the Israel-Lebanon border for causes that they don't really stand for. Sadly, this sweet love story ends in tragedy.
gaelruadh19  7/31/2005

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