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Hebrew/Israeli Names for Girls

ArelyHeart

  • Origin:

    Feminine version of Areli
  • Description:

    Likely a feminised form of Areli (one of Gad’s sons according to Genesis), Arely is a Spanish girls’ name with Hebrew roots meaning "the voice of God." Most common among Spanish-speakers (and a fairly popular name in Spain), Arely might be a great choice for parents looking for a name with Biblical roots that still sounds trendy and feminine and wears well across cultures.

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.

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.

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."

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.

HilaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew or Pashto
  • Meaning:

    "halo; hope"
  • Description:

    Hila is a name that has grown in popularity in recent years, placing it firmly within Israel's Top 20 for girls. It is sometimes written as Hilla or Hilah. In Pashto, it means "hope" and is also spelled Heela.

HodayaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "splendor of Yahweh"
  • Description:

    Hodaya is within the Top 20 in Israel.