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Israeli Names

Modern Israeli baby names tend to be short and unisex. While most parents in Israel use Hebrew names, conventional Biblical names are out of fashion while names relating to weather and nature are in style. Popular Israeli names are often those that translate easily to English or other cultures. Unusual names are preferred, but unique or invented ones are not.

Here is Nameberry's collection of Israeli baby names. For more information, see our blog on Israeli baby names. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.
  1. LiorHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "I have a light"
    • Description:

      Lior is a unisex name frequently heard in Israel, capturing the popular light theme through its meaning. For English speakers, the one down side is possible pronunciation confusion with "liar," though it's really lee-OR, with a long e sound and emphasis on the second syllable.
  2. ArminHeart
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "whole, universal or soldier"
    • Description:

      Possibly related to the Ermin- names (which gave us Emma and her variants) or to Herman, this is an unusual choice which fits current trends.
  3. MicaelaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian, Spanish, and Israeli variation of Michaela
    • Meaning:

      "who is like God"
    • Description:

      The original versions of Micaela have morphed into all manner of "inventive" spellings -- Makayla, McKalla et al -- but we prefer the genuine international versions, like this one.
  4. LiorHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "I have a light"
    • Description:

      Lior connects with several factors stylish for Israeli names: It's short, it's unisex, and it has an uplifting nature theme. Lior might make a more modern spin on Leah.
  5. DaviHeart
    • Origin:

      Portuguese variation of David, Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "beloved"
    • Description:

      A viable David alternative with a hint of worldliness.
  6. SaritaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian and Spanish, diminutive of Sara
    • Description:

      Delicately pretty name all but unknown here.
  7. AsteraHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "Aster"
    • Description:

      Pronounced as-TAIR-ah, this is one of many frequently heard Israeli flower names. Other floral choices popular in Israel include Dafna, which means laurel; Dailia; Irit, which means daffodil; and Vered, which means rose.
  8. ArmanHeart
    • Origin:

      Persian, Kazakh
    • Meaning:

      "wish, hope"
    • Description:

      Feels as strong and international as Roman, with none of the popularity.
  9. DaniHeart
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Daniel
    • Description:

      Dani sounds like Donny, looks like Danny, and feels like a girls' name.
  10. BaramHeart
    • Origin:

      Israeli
    • Meaning:

      "son of a nation"
    • Description:

      This is one of hundreds of modern Israeli names that are unknown here but could translate to our culture.
  11. RimonaHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "pomegranate"
    • Description:

      Well used in Israel, likely to be confused with Ramona here.
  12. RevkaHeart
    • AvnerHeart
      • ArmonHeart
        • InbarHeart
          • Origin:

            Israeli
          • Meaning:

            "amber"
          • Description:

            Fashionable choice in modern Israel, also a place-name there, not likely to succeed here.
        • ArmoniHeart
          • RevkahHeart
            • MichaHeart
              • AbHeart
                • DaniyelHeart