Best of these?
I like honouring names. My grandfather's religious name was Avram Tzvi. Avram has been used since in the family, for him, and I would rather use Tzvi anyhow.
So I would use it directly for a boy, but for a girl there are a few options:
Tzvia/Tzviya is the most direct. Middle name material, probably. I like it.
Zibiah is an English translation that's used in some English translations of the Bible - in the KJV it's in the Old Testament. Zibiah doesn't sound that much like Tzvia AND it isn't that common, but it's pretty easy to figure out how to say it, I think? But maybe not. I'd be interested on opinions of whether it's zi-BEE-uh or zi-BYE-uh or something else.
Another translation, and this shocked me because I've of course heard of it but never heard it connected to Tzvia before... is Tabitha.
Is Tabitha the most usable? Or does it have it's own witch/cat baggage? Is it too Christian sounding?
I like Z names but am not sure about Zibiah.
I suppose I could also just spell Tzvia as Zvia. Like Tzipora is often Zipporah or something.
I got a little lost in your post. Are you asking if those names are usable in the middle spot or first name spot? If you are looking to use it in the first name spot I would be a little hesitant only because even with you breaking down the name I am still not sure if I am pronouncing it correctly. Tabitha would be a better choice which is very classy to me. I would try to use a name that is some what easy for people/teachers to pronounce. If the name is in the middle spot you can go wild.
Yeah, I got a little garbled. I think I just learned my lesson on trying to do too many things at one time.
I guess I was asking a few different questions:
Do you think Tabitha is usable as a first name, or only as a middle?
Do you think Zibiah is uncommon in a cool in an interesting way or only in an "ew, that's weird" way?
Would you use a name as uncommon as Tzvia even in a middle name spot, or would you try, even for a middle, to use something more intuitive, like Zibiah or Tabitha?
Aesthetically, disregarding practicality for a moment, do you consider any of these names attractive?
That's about the range of my questions, hopefully that makes a bit more sense.
Lol it happens to the best of us especially when typing it just gets jumbled.
To answer your questions
I think Tabitha is very usable as a first name. I like it a lot. I can picture it on a baby, little girl and adult. It is very chic, classy and has a timeless vibe going on.
Weird does not freak me out because I had a lot of weird names on my list until my boyfriend told me calm it down lol so nothing it too weird to me. I think pronunciation is going to be a problem for some.
For me the middle name spot you can go wild. For example my boyfriend loves the name Leo and it is becoming popular in my opinion so I chose two crazy middles (Ignatius and Balthazar) to spice it up a little bit so I think having an uncommon name like that in the middle is perfectly fine.
I think all three names are pleasing to the eye. I just can not figure out if I am pronouncing them correctly that's why I almost feel it would be safer in the middle spot.
That makes a ton of more sense haha
Tzvia looks pretty. What is the accurate pronunciation? In my head I'm saying zeh-VEE-ah?
I don't mind Zebiah at all. In fact it's growing on me the longer I ponder it. Is Zeviah an option. It feels truer to the original and the v sound is very pretty.
Tabitha is one of those names I don't know if I like it not, but I wouldn't think you were crazy if you used it. It's s fine name!
I am unsure how to pronounce Tzvi/Tzvia/Tzviya.
I would instinctively pronounce Zibiah as zib-e-uh.
I think that Tabitha is very usable in either the first or middle spot - it doesn't sound christian at all to me, despite it's bible connection. It does slightly remind me of Bewitched, but having met one little Tabitha quite recently and heard of several others, I think that that connotation is becoming less prevalent.
I think the middle spot is the perfect place to go crazy if you're not brave enough to use it in the middle - therefore I think anything can work in the middle. :)
I think Tabitha is gorgeous, I think it could easily be used as a first name.
tzvee-ya, or zvee-ya. 2 syllables. The -ia is a ya, like Katia or Sonia. Which is a bit tricky. I've seen Tzviya sometimes but I am sort of phobic of adding y's to already-unusual names for fear of looking like I either want to be really kreative or the cat stood on the keyboard, lol.
Originally Posted by tuitree
This is somebody pronouncing it. http://www.pronouncehow.com/english/tzvia_pronunciation
I think Tabitha is definitely usable as a first name. I know a woman named Tabitha/Tabby. I don't think of it as a specifically Christian name.
I can't say I would intuitively know how to pronounce any of the other names; I've just never encountered them before. However, I think it's totally fine to have something more unusual or difficult to pronounce in the middle spot. People rarely use their middle names anyway.
What a lovely honoring tradition!
First of all: my thoughts on Tabitha: I think when posters above are answering about Tabitha, they are comparing Christian vs. secular, not Christian vs. Jewish - from Avram Tzvi I am guessing you are Jewish. Tabitha is very wearable as a secular name, and I certainly wouldn't be shocked to see it on a Jewish girl, nor would many people. BUT the Tabitha of the Bible is of the Christian Bible, she was resurrected by Jesus's follower Peter. The name itself is in fact related to Tzvia from every source I can find - Tzvia is Hebrew for doe or deer and Tabitha is Aramaic for gazelle. Aramaic of course was a language spoken by many people of the ancient middle East (and by a small population today), but is pretty strongly associated with early followers of Jesus. SO - this name could easily have Christian overtones to those of an academic bent. It was also pretty popular among the Puritans. I think you'd be better served to avoid it if you're worried about it ever reading Christian.
Tzvia is beautiful and would make a lovely middle!
Zibiah is pretty intuitive. I do think you'd get zi BYE ah sometimes due to Mariah. Zibia is a little more intuitive. Both spellings and pronunciations are maybe a little close to Tibia, which is hardly the worst thing but maybe a little unfortunate.
Googling around, this name has a million potential spellings. I think Tzvia is best for staying close to Avram Tzvi, and being simple. But there are plenty of options!
Ayla/Ayala/Ayelet are Hebrew origin names that are beautiful to my ear and have meanings also related to does and gazelles, and take the A (and the T in the case of Ayelet) from Avram/Avram Tzvi. Just something to consider.
Best of luck!