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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”.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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-).
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
BRURIA f Hebrew, Ancient Aramaic (?)
Allegedly means "pure" in Aramaic. This was the name of a 2nd-century female scholar; she was the wife of Rabbi Meir, one of Rabbi Akiva's disciples. It was also borne by Israeli theoretical physicist Bruria Kaufman (1918-2010).
CALAH f Hebrew
Allegedly from Hebrew כַּלָּה (kallah)
meaning "bride", a word sometimes used as a metaphor for the Sabbath (hence, "Shabbat bride"), though it is uncertain whether this is truly used as a Jewish name.... [more]
CARMIYA f Hebrew (Modern, Rare)
Possibly means "vineyard of God" (or "God is my vineyard") from Hebrew כֶּרֶם (kérem)
"vineyard of" and יָהּ (yah)
". Alternatively it may be from the surname of Adolphe Crémieux (1796-1880), a French-Jewish statesman, or from the name of Crémieu, an historic Jewish community in France.
CASIEL m Hebrew
Casiel may be a combination of two Hebrew words - Kahsah, meaning cover and El, meaning God, thus giving the meaning "my cover is God".... [more]
CHAVALA f Hebrew, Yiddish
Diminutive of Chava
is a song in the musical Fiddler on the Roof
, sung by Tevye about his daughter Chava.
CHAVAZELET f Hebrew
Means "lily" in Hebrew, presumably taken from the phrase חבצלת השרון (Chavatzelet HaSharon)
"rose of Sharon" found in the Old Testament book the Song of Solomon. (In Israel, Solomon's "rose of Sharon" is popularly accepted to have been the sand lily, which grows in the Sharon plain in coastal sands, though technically the flower has not been identified.)
CHAVELEH f Hebrew, Yiddish
Name of Hebrew and Yiddish origin. In musical Fiddler On The Roof, used as alternative name for Chava. Meaning of Chava is "life" so Chaveleh must have a similar meaning.
DARA f & m Hebrew
Means "heart of wisdom" in Hebrew.
DARYA f Hebrew (Modern)
Combination of the name Dar
, means "(mother of) pearl" with the letters יה (ya) (which are part of the name of God) means "Pearl of God" in Hebrew.
DORIAV m Hebrew (Rare)
Possibly means "generation of my father" from דּוֹר (see Dor
) and אָב (ab
) meaning "father".
DORIEL m & f Hebrew, Literature
Possibly means "God's generation" in Hebrew, in which case it would be derived from Hebrew dor
"generation" (see also Dor
) combined with Hebrew el
"God". This is the name of a character in Elie Wiesel's novel "A Mad Desire to Dance".
DORIYA f Hebrew (Rare)
Combination of the names Dori
), means "(my) generation" with the letters יה (which are part of the name of God).
DOTAN m & f Hebrew (Rare)
The Bible tells us that Joseph found his brothers in a place named Dotan, which is possibly means "pit" or "hole" in Hebrew.
DOVEV m Hebrew
Means "to draw out, cause to speak", though "whisper" is the more commonly accepted meaning.
DUBI m Hebrew
Means "teddy bear" in Hebrew. It's typically used as a diminutive form of Dov
DVIR m Hebrew
The Holy of Holies. It is a term in the Hebrew Bible which refers to the inner sanctuary of the Tabernacle where God dwelt and later the Temple in Jerusalem where the Ark of the Covenant was kept during the First Temple, which could be entered only by the High Priest on Yom Kippur after sanctifying himself.
EILAM m Hebrew
The name of one of the biblical Noah's grandsons. It means "one who is eternal".
ELAD m Hebrew
In the Bible Elad was a member of the tribe of Ephraim who was murdered by the Gat people.... [more]
ELDAR m & f Hebrew
Most sources state that this name means "God resides" in Hebrew. This could be correct, as the first element is indeed clearly derived from Hebrew el
meaning "God". However, I can't find any Hebrew verb that means "to reside" and looks physically similar to the second element... [more]
ELIADA m Biblical, Hebrew
Means "God knows" in Hebrew (or possibly "God knew" or "God (is) knowing"). In the Old Testament this is the name of several characters, including a son of King David.
ELIAM m Biblical, Hebrew
Means "God's people" in Hebrew, derived from Hebrew el
"God" and am
"people". Eliam was the name of a biblical character listed in the Books of Samuel as one of "The Thirty."
ELIATHAH m Biblical, Hebrew
Means "God comes (to him)" or "to whom God will come", derived from Hebrew el
"God" and atháh
"to come, to bring". In the bible, this was the name of one of the many sons of Heman the Levite.
ELIAZ m Hebrew
Means "my God is strong" from Hebrew אֵלִי (elí
) "my God" and עז (az
) "strong, vehement, harsh".
ELIEL m Biblical, Hebrew, Finnish
Means "my God is God" in Hebrew, derived from אלי (elí)
"my God" and אֵל (el)
meaning "God". This name was borne by nine characters in the Bible.
ELIMELECH m Biblical, Hebrew
Means "my God is king" in Hebrew, derived from Hebrew el
"God" and malákh
"to rule". In the bible, this was the name of the late husband of Naomi.
ÉLIPHAS m Hebrew
"Éliphas Lévi", the name under which he published his books, was Alphonse Louis Constant attempt to translate or transliterate his given names "Alphonse Louis" into the Hebrew language.
ELIRAN m Hebrew
Combination of the name Eli (2)
, means "My God" and Ran
, means "singing" or "(he) sang". It can be also variant of Eliron
. Notable bearers include:... [more]
ELUL m Jewish, Hebrew
Elul is the twelfth month of the Jewish civil year and the sixth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar, usually coinciding with parts of August and September.... [more]
ELYADA m & f Hebrew (Rare)
Means "God knows" in Hebrew, it's a combination of El
, reference to God, and the word yada
means "(he) knew". The name appears in Kings 1: 11, verse 23 And it belongs to Elyada, Razon's father.
ELYEZER m Jewish, Hebrew
Means "My God is help" In the Old Testament this was the name of Abraham and one of the sons of moses (See Exodus 18:4 for an explanation of the significance of the name)