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Top Hebrew/Israeli Names for Girls

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JaylaHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern spelling of Jaalah, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "to ascend"
  • Description:

    Not quite as unusual as it might seem, it first entered the popularity list in 1995, as a possible alternative to the very popular Kayla. In the Bible, an alternate spelling is Jaala.

MariamHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic variation of Mary
  • Meaning:

    "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"
  • Description:

    Popular among parents with Arab roots. Also found as Maryam.

HadassahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "myrtle tree"
  • Description:

    This Hebrew name of Queen Esther is well used in Israel (especially for girls born around the holiday of Purim), and in the US is the name of a Zionist women's philanthropic organization. Formerly shunned as hyper-religious, this name entered the Top 1000 in 2007. The nickname Haddie could make it more usable.

ZariyahHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "scattering wind"
  • Description:

    Zariyah has several possible origins: the Arabic Zahrah which means "flower" or Zariya "scattering wind"; the Hebrew name Azariah, meaning "God has helped"; or the Russian word Zaria which means "sunrise, dawn."

GalileaHeart

  • Origin:

    Feminine variation of Galileo, after "Galilee"
  • Meaning:

    "Galilee"
  • Description:

    Like the masculine form Galileo, Galilea is a variant of Galilee, a region in Northern Israel of great Biblical significance. Given the current popularity of soft Italian girls’ names, this name’s long historical roots, its beautiful sound and the potential for cute nicknames (Leia, Lil, Ally, etc) it’s no surprise that this name has been on the rise in recent years.
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