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.
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.
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.
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.
Meaning:"the grace of God"
Description:Highly unusual; conceivable alternative to Daniel.
Meaning:"he who defends"
Description:Hebrew name with a bright sheen.
Origin:Hebrew, diminutive of Shulamit
Description:Shula is a short form often used on its own in Israel. Sula is another, related, option.
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.
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.
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.
Origin:Feminine variation of David
Description:An outdated feminine form of David sometimes heard in the UK, though Davina is more usual..
Meaning:"ornament, glory, respect"
Description:Also a city near Tel Aviv, Hadar is a name found primarily in Israel.
Origin:Feminine variation of Joseph
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.
Description:An energetic and distinctive choice.
Description:Double exposure: 1970s rock sensation (Mamma Mia) and scholar/diplomat name in Israel.
Description:The Biblical Addar was a son of King Bela. This obscure name is simple and strong and well-suited to modern life.
Description:Tehila may at first appeal as a distinctive choice. Danger: might tend to sound like a mispronunciation of tequila.
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.
Description:Lively sounding Hebrew choice.
Origin:Hungarian variation of Anna; Hindi
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.