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  1. #26
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    Anshl is Yiddish for Asher. It's probably NOT going to follow Asher up the charts because almost nobody is using it, but I like it. It's got the pleasant meaning of Asher and a bit of the edge of Axel.

    Admittedly I like Asher enough to consider it in any case.

    Did like the suggestion of Oren.

    Due to pop culture references, I like Ariel but would only use Ari or Aryeh - but for the same reason, I'd use Uziel but not Uzi.

  2. #28
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    FTR, Yael is a girl's name, both biblically and culturally.

    OP, I'm not sure about your background so I don't know exactly what you're looking for in a name, but some of the ones mentioned might be of Hebrew/Biblical origin, but aren't really in use in any Jewish community I know of (which pretty much run the gamut from completely secular to ultra-Orthodox). Anglicizations of uncommon biblical names (like Eben, Jethro, Abel) would probably come across pretty awkwardly, although if you love a name that's not necessarily reason enough to drop it.

    I like the suggestion of Oren! I also thought of Yishai, Nadav, Adiel, Azriel, Ilan, Samson/Shimshon.
    Last edited by spring13; July 4th, 2013 at 10:51 AM.

  3. #30
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    I love the names Ilan, Lev, Dan and Zev but only have one not mentioned but has been a long time favorite - Simcha. I know a Simcha (he was call Simmy or Sim) and have loved it as a name since I first heard it.

  4. #32
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    I love the name Simcha! But to me it's all chick - actually this and Shoshana are our number one baby girl names. Yes I know it's a male name, but it's effeminate kinda like Sascha.
    “And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz

  5. #34
    Here are my personal favorite Hebrew-origin names (some quite popular, some not at all so):

    Amiel
    Ari
    Ash
    Asher
    Ethan
    Ishmael
    Jake
    Japhy
    Lev
    Liev
    Malachi
    Michal
    Nathaniel
    Omri
    Raphael
    Shai
    Shia
    Shiloh
    Solomon
    Tobin

    I am Jewish myself, and do feel that the whole "Cohen as a first name" trend is a bit odd. Wouldn't personally recommend using that name, as there are so many other great ones to choose from.

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