Hebrew Girl Names
Origin:Hebrew; diminutive of Theresa, English
Description:This rarely used Old Testament name will inevitably set off a connection to thirst. Thirza was historically used as both an independent name and as a nickname for Theresa.
Origin:Variation of Athalia, Hebrew
Meaning:"the Lord is exalted"
Description:Atalia or Athalia is a biblical name with a gory history. But it's an attractive name in step with the current fashion for A-starting and -ending names that are both distinctive and deeply rooted.
Description:This name of the final service on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is sometimes given symbolically to girls born on that day.
Origin:Spelling variation of Deborah
Description:When Deborah seemed too formal in the laid-back sixties, Debra stepped in as a pared-down alternative, but the pendulum is about to swing back.
Description:Commonly heard in Israel, but here it could be an unusual way to honor Grandma Rose.
Description:The more dignified and attractive Hebrew equivalent of Golda or Goldie.
Meaning:"pretty, pleasant, desirable"
Description:Hebrew name heard more frequently in Israel than here.
Description:Tied to country singer/sitcom star Reba McEntire.
Meaning:"sweetness, grace, beauty"
Description:Interesting Old Testament name that embraces many traditional female attributes; also name of a place in the Jordan Valley. In the Bible, a daughter of King Ammon and wife of Solomon.
Origin:Diminutive of Elizabeth
Description:Pronounced a la Bette (Betty) Davis or Bette (Bet) Midler, a twentieth-century relic. Though if the equally vintage Betty comes back, Bette may be close behind.
Origin:Diminutive of Elizabeth, Hebrew
Meaning:"pledged to God"
Description:The archetypal diminutive, in every sense of the word. Bitsy enjoyed some use as a nickname in the era when children were named after family members and then called by a cute pet name: Chip, Skip, Babe, Bitsy. As a full name, it has made the US list only three times: in 1943, 1958 and 1962.
Origin:Modern invented name
Description:While some sources say it's Arabic for lofty and others call it Hebrew, Jaliyah seems to be a variation of the popular Aliyah, which is a Hebrew word and name meaning "ascent." The Ja- beginning often connotes God, so the meaning might be God's ascent.
Description:Lovely name that's been overshadowed by sister ZAHARA, which was chosen by Brad and Angelina for their oldest daughter.
Meaning:"friend of God"
Description:Spelling a bit elaborate and confusing.
Description:A Biblical place name that's one of the rising unisex baby names for both girls and boys. It's got an uplifting feel and that zippy Z beginning. Zion is an alternate name for Jerusalem and is used as a nationalistic pro-Israel movement known as Zionism. The name has gained popularity after being used by celebrities including Lauryn Hill and Fantasia Barrino.
Meaning:"he who defends"
Description:Hebrew name with a bright sheen.
Origin:Italian feminine variation of Abraham
Meaning:"father of multitudes"
Description:This lovely name is all but unknown outside Italy but fits perfectly in with the fashions for vowel-starting names that are elaborately feminine. Might make a distinctive alternative to Angelina or Arianna. Downside: People will inevitably mistake it for Adriana.
Origin:Spelling variation of Shoshana
Description:Shoshanna is a variation of one of the best-known original Hebrew baby names for girls , the original of Susanna. This is the spelling used by Shoshanna Lonstein, a designer who creates the Shoshanna clothing line and also the name of one of the four leading characters on the TV show Girls, Shoshanna Shapiro.
Origin:Cherokee or variation of Jonah, Hebrew
Description:A name with a double animal connection via two distinct origins, one Native American and the other Hebrew and Biblical. Yona is rare in the US but not unknown: It was given to a dozen baby girls in 2021.