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Hebrew Names

  1. PinchasHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "dark-skinned"
    • Description:

      Famous violinist-conductor Pinchas Zuckerman is the most famous modern bearer; the biblical Pinchas was the son of Eleazar and the grandson of Aaron -- both preferable name choices.
  2. SaarHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "storm"
    • Description:

      With its appealing double-a configuration, this is the name of an Israeli kibbutz on the Galilee beach. For girls, Saar is a popular modern name in the Netherlands, a shortened form of Sarah.
  3. YardenHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "to flow down, descend"
    • Description:

      The name from which Jordan arose, Yarden has a nice combination of river imagery and a sound connoting a garden. Like Jordan, used for both sexes.
  4. AvdelHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "servant of God"
    • Description:

      Avdel is an obscure Old Testament name with a straightforward feel and sound and the fashionable A initial. One to consider if you want a highly unusual yet not difficult Hebrew or Biblical name.
  5. ChanielHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "the grace of God"
    • Description:

      Highly unusual; conceivable alternative to Daniel.
  6. ShamiraHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "he who defends"
    • Description:

      Hebrew name with a bright sheen.
  7. ShulaHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew, diminutive of Shulamit
    • Meaning:

      "peace"
    • Description:

      Shula is a short form often used on its own in Israel. Sula is another, related, option.
  8. HazaiahHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew variation of Chazaiah
    • Meaning:

      "God has seen"
    • Description:

      With more parents turning to biblical names like Ezekiel and Isaiah, this could prove a quasi-unique alternative in a similar -- if more Orthodox -- vein.
  9. JoabHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "praise Jehovah"
    • Description:

      Joab is the biblical name of an advisor of David, who led many military victories, and is surely much more usable than the burdened Job. A similar option is Joah, a possible replacement for Jonah or Noah.
  10. DaganHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "corn, grain"
    • Description:

      Popular in Israel for girls and boys born on Shavout, a harvest festival. In Babylonian mythology, Dagan was the god of the earth and grain.
  11. DavidaHeart
    • Origin:

      Feminine variation of David
    • Meaning:

      "beloved"
    • Description:

      An outdated feminine form of David sometimes heard in the UK, though Davina is more usual..
  12. HadarHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "ornament, glory, respect"
    • Description:

      Also a city near Tel Aviv, Hadar is a name found primarily in Israel.
  13. JosephaHeart
    • Origin:

      Feminine variation of Joseph
    • Meaning:

      "Jehovah increases"
    • Description:

      Josepha is less heard in this country than in other parts of the world, seen as a slightly awkward feminization a la Ricarda and Benjamina. In the U.S., Josephine or Joanna is the more usual feminine form of Joseph, though you might consider Josepha if you want to break rank.
  14. MehiraHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "swift, energetic"
    • Description:

      An energetic and distinctive choice.
  15. AbbaHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "father"
    • Description:

      Double exposure: 1970s rock sensation (Mamma Mia) and scholar/diplomat name in Israel.
  16. AddarHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "mighty one"
    • Description:

      The Biblical Addar was a son of King Bela. This obscure name is simple and strong and well-suited to modern life.
  17. TehilaHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "praise song"
    • Description:

      Tehila may at first appeal as a distinctive choice. Danger: might tend to sound like a mispronunciation of tequila.
  18. CagerHeart
    • Origin:

      Short form of Micajah, Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "Who is like God?"
    • Description:

      Sounds a bit like a nickname in a Dickens novel, but this short form was used in New England a few centuries ago, back when names like Micajah were popular. Both short and long forms are now ripe for revival.
  19. ChavivHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "loved one"
    • Description:

      Lively sounding Hebrew choice.
  20. PannaHeart
    • Origin:

      Hungarian variation of Anna; Hindi
    • Meaning:

      "grace; emerald"
    • Description:

      Panna is a name with many allusions — in addition to those above, a serene and sacred city in India and the Italian word for cream. Panna might make a fresh alternative to Anna or Hannah.