Help My Husband Name Our Baby

Guest blogger Nina Badzin has a name problem, and it’s all her husband’s fault.

You would love my husband, Bryan. He’s the guy who lovingly supports my fiction aspirations, encourages trips to writing conferences, preaches delightfully quaint parenting advice, and gets constant praise on my blog.

Put all that good stuff aside for this post, because now we’re mad at him.

Get this: Bryan has lost faith in my baby naming abilities. MY abilities! Aren‘t I the person whose meanderings about baby names got reprinted on Nameberry and BlogHer? No decent person in his right mind would take away what will likely be my last chance to name a new soul.

Bryan (standing here) says I should at least tell you why he’s lost patience with my baby name “issues.” I’ll try to set the scene for you, which took place in June:

ME: I think we should change Elissa‘s name.

HIM: Fine. Let’s do it.

ME: Seriously? She’s two.

HIM: You talked me into her name anyway, and you’re always complaining about people spelling and saying it wrong. We can just call her Rachel. [Rachel is her middle name.]

ME: Too matchy-matchy with Rebecca! [We already had the “you can’t have a Rebecca and a Rachel in the same family” argument at the hospital two years earlier.]

HIM: You’re crazy. What else would you change it to?

ME: If we change her name it should at least sound familiar to her. [Much to my dismay, everyone calls her Lissy.]

HIM: Fine. What sounds like Elissa?

ME: Other than Melissa, nothing. But Libby sounds like Lissy and is so much cuter.

HIM: Do whatever you want, but I’m naming the next baby.

ME: You don’t mean that. (He did.)

I went on a baby name bender and stayed up all night Googling how to legally change the name of a minor. I researched any name that sounds like Elissa or Lissy, but had the simplicity of spelling and pronunciation that worked well for Sam and Rebecca. For a good portion of the night I’d settled on Eliza, thinking Eliza & Elissa at least look similar. But then we’d have the “is it E-LEE-za OR E-LIE-za issue?”. I decided I loved the name Libby and stayed up all night with excitement.

The next day my friend Jorie and I called ElissaLibby” throughout a morning play date to see how it felt. It felt weird. And I realized most people would assume her name is Elizabeth. I was done with Libby and the idea of legal name change. Elissa needed a new nickname, that was all. No more Lissy. My friend Nancy S. suggested we call her Ellie. Perfect, I thought. I forced Sam and Rebecca to call her “Ellie” all afternoon. Sam cried. Rebecca requested we change her name to Hula.

And that’s when my baby name bender came to an end. For about a week I tried to get people to say Elissa instead of Lissy. Everyone ignored me. Soon after, not only did I have too much heartburn and back pain to care, but I’d realized our precious little nugget of love is our Elissa and our Lissy (and our Lulu and Lu). I couldn’t imagine calling her anything else.

Now Bryan‘s punishing me for terrorizing him and the children on the subject of baby names; he says he won’t listen to my suggestions.

Oddly enough he’ll listen to yours.

People, you have to help me! I want all the names you’ve loved, used, or wished you’d used. Do you like your name? Let’s hear it. Caveat: it must go with Sam, Rebecca, Elissa, and Badzin. And Bryan will never agree to a name without some kind of Jewish/Hebrew undertone. Elissa was a stretch.Β  And yes, I realize neither Bryan nor Nina are Jewish names. Don‘t even try to reason with him. It’s a lost cause.

Oh, and for anyone who’s curious, Rebecca thinks Hula would make the perfect name for a new sister. She’s chosen Wally or Poomba for a boy. Sam doesn’t care what we name the baby as long as he gets a brother. And Elissa, that sweet angel girl, is at the stage when she refers to herself in the third person as “Lissy.” There’s no going back now.

Nina Badzin is a Pushcart Prize nominated short story writer and an aspiring novelist. Read her blog about the writing life, marriage, and motherhood. Follow her on Twitter @NinaBadzin.

The adorable photo of the dad and baby is by Spigoo.

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Nicole Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 12:48 am

Sarah?

mairwen Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 12:57 am

My favorites for girls which also fit your parameters:
Dinah, Tirzah, Leah, Susannah, Jemima, Keziah, Zillah, Keturah, Hannah, and Jael.

For boys:
Isaiah, Elijah, Ezekiel, Amos, Micah, Gideon, Reuben, Benjamin, Enoch, and Asher.

Good luck!

adrianna Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:13 am

for a boy: Ezra or Ari. I LOVE those two, but my husband is being a meany and won’t let me use them. I also like Asa and Asher- as well as my own son’s name, Eli, but that is much too similar to Elissa πŸ™‚

for a girl: Dara and Shira are my favorites that fit well with your criteria.

Good luck!

memomo Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:14 am

How about…?

Girls:
Davina (feminine form of David)
Noemi (Romance variation of Naomi, which I also love, but I think Noemi is better with Elissa)

Boys:
Tobias
Benjamin (both give you nice nicknames to go with Sam)

Benjamin

memomo Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:17 am

Oops, only meant to suggest Benjamin once, of course!

Nickelle Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:19 am

The first name that popped into my head was Esther. Some may think it dated but it was my favorite Bible story as a child and I always thought it sounded quietly beautiful. Ruth is also an underused, elegant, lovely name and the nn Ruthie is, IMO, adorable.

For boys I thought Michael and Gabriel, both names of Angels in the Bible if that’s enough of a Jewish/Hebrew connection for your hubby and both gorgeous, classic names and at the top of my own list for boys.

linzybindi Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:25 am

I love Jewish/Hebrew sounding names! Here are some for you!

Jachin (jay-kin) – my sister in law named her newborn this
Malachi – Jachin’s middle name :o)
Abram
Eitan
Ezra
Lemuel
Micaiah
Doron
Ephraim
Liron
Ronen

Atarah
Dinah
Moriah
Sharon
Aliza
Dalia
Eleora
Rina

alexa400 Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:48 am

oooh my favorites are:

Girls-
Adara
Shiloh
Adah
Bethel
Hannah
Keturah
Keziah
Miriam
Sariah

Boys-
Abraham
Amos
Asher
Benjamin
Gideon
Joseph

Micaela Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:54 am

This post cracked me up! Probably because I could see something like this happening to myself. Nameberry has made me equally crazy for names. πŸ™‚

Some of my favorites (that could have Hebrew/Jewish undertones?):

Girls

Josephine
Margot
Lucy
Alice
Johanna
Maya
Hazel
Leonora
Sadie
Willa
May
Lucia
Georgia
Camille
Cordelia
Annabel
Leila
Autumn
Sasha
Ramona
Cecilia
Adelina

Boys

Calvin
Asa
Louis
Philip
Cyrus
Leo
Asher
Eli
Jude
Miles
Tucker
Charlie
Ira
Micah
Julian
Tobias
Arthur
Sawyer

Arlina Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:55 am

Personally I love Eli, Elijah, Levi & Meyer for boys and for girls Nora, Reina, Zelda and Liora (which is hebrew for ‘light’ and I think is sooo beautiful!)

Linnie Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:58 am

Hebrew undertone, eh? We can work with that because that’s one of my favorite ‘categories’ of names as well. Some are more subtle than others…

Boy:
Ari
Arik
Alon
Aaron
Caleb (Though Kalev means dog in Hebrew, it is also someone in the Torah)
Elijah (though I’m assuming that’s too matchy with Elissa. Your wife is probably shaking her head at this one)
Ezra
Issac
Micah
Shiloh
Levi
Daniel
Gabriel
Lior
Liram
Malachi
Mati
Matan
Michal
Moshi
Moti
Nataniel(Nathaniel)
Natan
Nitzan
Noah
NOam
Paz
Pazi
Ronen
Tzach
Yaron (Jaron)
Yehuda (Judah)

Girls:
Astera (an Israeli flower, I’m pretty sure)
Adira
Amalia
Ariela
Ayelet
Aviva
Liviya (Meaning Lioness or to join)
Karmela
Hannah (Chana)
Dahlia
Deborah (Dvora)
Effi (unisex, originated as a nickname for Efraim)
Emanuela
Esti
Kamila
Kelila
Katriel
Lianna
Lilach
Liora
Maron
Malka
Naomi
Mattanel
Meira
Mika
Noa
Neora
Netali
Nevia
Nitzana
Pazi (gold)
Sharon
Shira
Tali
Leah
Yosepha/Josepha

I’m not Jewish so I don’t know how many of these are Jewish but they are all Hebrew (or of Hebrew origin). What I mean is, I don’t know which are related to the Torah or Judaism and which are just Hebrew names but I hope it helps. Good Luck!

Nyx Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 2:59 am

Bryan and Nina Badzin, along with older brother Sam and younger sisters Rebecca and Elissa “Lissa”, are pleased to announce the arrival of their newest sister, Susanna “Sue” Judith Badzin.

-OR-

Bryan and Nina Badzin, along with older brother Sam and younger sisters Rebecca and Elissa, are pleased to announce the arrival of their newest brother, Daniel “Danny” Malachi Badzin.

Erin Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 3:38 am

How about Eliza, Elle, Ellie, Elise, Eisley, Isa, Elliana, Ella, Elsie, Elsa?

Erin Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 4:01 am

Oops, my bad, you found a nickname foe Elissa!

Hebrew names:
Boy- Alef, Abram, Coby, Levi, Osher, Abbot, Aaron

Girl- Dalia, Perle, Molly, Vida, Abbey, Eden, Ariel

bree Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 4:16 am

I’m dead-set on Eliana for my baby girl due in nine weeks. unfortunately hubby doesn’t agree. it means “the lord has answered” I think. he’s set on Elouera which is an Australian aboriginal word meaning pleasant place. although Eliana is Hebrew it might be too matchy with Elissa??

n Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 6:55 am

how’s this?

girls
orly
yael
leah
galia
dahlia
ariella
orit
ora

boys
asher
ari
oren
avi
eli
natan
ethan
noah
noam

all hebrew or old testament, all lovely. if you are jewish, don’t you need a specific letter?

Rainbow Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 7:25 am

What about:
Girls:
Noa
Eden
Yael
Shira
Orly
Liora
Mira
Leah
Rina

Boys :
Noah
Coby
Jacob
Ethan
Daniel
Joshua
Ezra
Ari
Judah
Nathaniel/Nathan

ycw Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 7:31 am

I love Hebrew names–that’s almost half my list, probably. Rebecca is a strong contender for my next daughter.

Sam, Rebecca, Elissa, and…
My favorites for girls:
Anna, Esther, Eve, Hannah, Jane, Keziah, Leah, Mary/Mara/Marie/Miriam, Martha, Ruth (maybe for a middle?), Sarah, Sarai, Susan

My favorites for boys:
Abraham/Abram, Adam, Aaron, Amos, Asher, Benjamin, Daniel, Ebenezer (yes, I know, but I do love it), Enoch, Ephraim, Ezra, Gideon, Gabriel, Hezekiah, Isaiah, Judah, John, James, Japheth, Jeremiah, Josiah, Jesse, Levi, Michael, Malachi, Mephibosheth, Mordecai, Methuselah, Nehemiah, Obadiah, Zacchaeus

Some more for girls: Abigail, Ada, Ava, Eva, Deborah, Israel, Judith, Jody, Joelle/Joella, Jemima, Jean, Johanna, Joanna, Jo, Keren, Kerith, Michaela, Natania, Shiloh, Simone, Zion, Zara

Some more for boys: Abel, Absalom, Boaz, David, Ezekiel, Gilead, Ian, Ira, Isaac, Issachar, Israel, Jedediah, Jebediah, Joel, Jonah, Joshua, Joseph, Lemuel, Lev, Michael, Micah, Micaiah, Melchizedek, Moses, Moss, Matthan, Noah, Naphtali, Nathan/Nathaniel, Phinehas, Reuben, Raphael, Solomon, Tobiah, Thaniel, Zebediah, Zebulun, Zachary/Zachariah/Zechariah, Zedekiah, Zephaniah, Zane

Patti Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 7:42 am

I think Leah would be a perfect fit!

Lola Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 8:03 am

Another vote for Susanna! Susanna Ruth. Would be perfect with Sam, Rebecca & Elissa!

For a boy, Raphael, Ezra or Simon get my vote!

Mel Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 8:31 am

Johanna or Zoe for a girl. Noah, Daniel or Matthew for a boy.

ycw Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 8:40 am

Sorry, forgot to go back over before I pressed enter; Solomon, Reuben, Ezra, and Issachar probably don’t go great with the other names, but maybe could work for middles.

Susan, Benjamin, Ezra, James, Matthan, Nathan, and Reuben may not flow well with your last name.

They’re still good names though.

Susan Sherrill Axelrod Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 9:05 am

Wow – LOTS of great ideas! And funny, funny post.

My name is Hebrew in origin, and since no one seems to use it any more, it has the advantage of being both unusual – for today – and not weird (at least I don’t think so). I did see it on at least one of these long lists but although there were at least five of them in every one of my classes at elementary school (I was born in 1961) I have yet to meet a baby named Susan.

That said, I HATED the alliteration of my maiden name, which when I was a kid, was “Susie Sherrill.” Blech. And people of course got my last and first names confused, as they still do, because I write under my maiden name. And only family and loooongtime friends are allowed to call me Susie!

Ashley Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 9:39 am

Eli, Abel, Nathan, or Noah.

Naomi/Noemi, Yael, Tamara or Dalia.

Emily Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 9:45 am

For whate it’s worth, the discussion in my house (for when we have kids) is whether or not the name will play well in Israel. A number of the names above are pretty old-fashioned which will lead to either strange looks (imagine what you’d think of a little boy named Percival these days) or the question “so, you used to be religious?” Maybe another thing to add to your criteria list? Afterall, you never know if your kid will decide to make aliyah.

Sraesc Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 9:55 am

For a girl, I LOVE Naomi. My husband likes it, too, but unfortunately he pronounces it “nye-o-mee” so it is not an option for us. I also like Susannah.

For a boy, I have to agree with a pp about Ezra — what a fantastic boy name! And it goes great with your last name! But if you think it’s too matchy with Elissa, I also like Asa and Asher.

Another Susan Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 11:07 am

I am a Susan born in the 70s (a little behind its heyday – Suzanne was more popular by then). My nickname growing up was Sukey. Today, I would go with Susanna (nickname Sanna) or, for you, maybe Shoshanna, with nickname Soshi. I also love Sarah with the nickname Sadie. I’ll round out my girl picks with Zoe and Sasha. For a boy, Noah, or Alexander, nickname Zander or Joshua (who doesn’t know a lovable Josh?), and for my final picks Samuel, Julian or Louis.

NinaB Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 11:13 am

Hi everyone!!! These are SO great! Thanks so much!

To answer a few things, we’re not naming after anyway so we don’t need to stick to a certain letter. (Many Jews use the first the letter of a beloved relative who has passed away. Many more religious families use the actual name, not just the letter. We are fairly observant, but not Orthodox.)

My Hebrew name is Naomi so that’s out. And any name that sounds too much like Elissa is out (so no Eliana, Elijah or other El names.)

Bryan LOVES Leah–but he’d want to pronounce it Lay-ah, like the Hebrew, as opposed to LEE-a. I think correcting people forever will make me crazy. Thoughts?

Thanks again everyone! I LOVE Nameberry!

Leslie Owen Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 11:13 am

For a girl, either Dafna or Nomi or Nurit
For a boy, either Lior or Adiel or Dov

There’s no grandparents you’re naming for?

NinaB Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 11:14 am

Oh yeah–one more thing. I like Daniel a lot. Too close to Samuel? Sam and Dan? Maybe too matchy . . . ?

Jenny Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 11:26 am

Chava! I love it, but I don’t think many nice Lutheran families have a Chava. *sigh*

For a boy, I’m a big fan of Gideon, nn Gid.

Alexia Mae Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I love baby names from the Bible. In fact, I love biblical names so much I have my own blog about them, http://www.babynamesfromthebible.com !

A beautiful girl name from the Bible is Junia. It’s such a gorgeous name and has been getting some notice lately.

A boy name I love is Silas. Silas is so handsome, and it’s also a biblical name. I love the name Josiah too.

Wish you the best!

littlebrownpony Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Boys: Ari, Levi, Seth or Jonah.

Girls: Abigail, Zara, Susannah, Dinah, or Esther.

Nyx Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Okay, I officially withdraw my suggestion of Daniel. Yes, I think Daniel and Samuel are too similar (as are Dan and Sam). We have a Nathaniel and we decided that we couldn’t use Daniel/Samuel for the same reason.

How about:
Abraham “Bram” Joel Badzin (Bram Badzin – A.J.B.)
Zechariah “Zac” Nathaniel Badzin )Zac Badzin – Z.N.B – Could also use Zachary Nathaniel Badzin)
Matthew “Matt” Saul Badzin (Matt Badzin – M.S.B.)

I tried to give the boys short nicknames to use with their fuller first names.

I still really love Susanna for a girl. I think that Sue/Suzy/Susie/Sukie/Susan/Sanna or any other nickname. This name is really cute/feminine/pink-but-not-all-lace-and-frills plus it’s heard/known but not in the least bit common.
Susanna Miriam Badzin (S.M.B.)

Nicole Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Great post! Here are some ideas:

Girls: Esther, Adara, Merav, Yael, Keturah, Delilah, Malka, Devora, Hadassah, Dalia/Dahlia, Talia
Boys: Jonah, Josiah, Simon, Amos, Zachary, Benjamin (Benji!), Aaron, Isaac, Reuben, Abraham (Abe, Bram)

Jasmine Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Here are some Jewish names from my family!

Girls

Lila (Hebrew name is Leah)
Diana (known as Dolly)
Sabine (Sadie) (My middle name is Sara, after Sabine)
Pearl (Was actually Perla, of Polish descent).

Boys
David
Samuel
Myron

TaraRhode Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Sarai or Asa!

Mcmom Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I really love Lev–it’s a simple, classic but not common name with a beautiful meaning. Ephraim is a good suggestion, too. Also I like Jonah, Isaac, Joseph, Noah, and Abraham (though these are a bit more popular they are probably on a par with Sam and Rebecca…). For a girl, based on all the above pp’s, I like Susannah, Johanna, Sarah/Sarai. Keturah is a less-popular Hebrew name with some interesting nickname possibilities. Esther is very old-fashioned, but I agree–a beautiful story. And the name of Judy Garland’s character in Meet Me in St. Louis–one of the best movies ever. πŸ™‚ My great aunt Esther always went by Essie. Not sure if this can be pulled off by many, but it worked for her.

ycw Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

You could do Leia. Has a better chance of being pronounced the way you are looking for… but perhaps too Star Wars.

Sam and Dan are a bit close, I suppose, with all those other great names to pick from.

Mcmom Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

ps–glad Dan is out. Would advise against Dinah or Diana or Diane as well: It hasn’t been that long since Cheers (especially for Bostonians) and Sam, Rebecca, and Diane are too much.

Gingersnap Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I don’t have any suggestions right now for future baby. Just let me say (please!) that I’m so glad you gave up the idea of changing Elissa’s name at age two. I know of some disastrous outcomes as a result of people doing that to their kids. I also want to let you know that I know one or two women nicknamed Lissa; one is a Melissa and the other is an Elisabeth. Lissa is a little more sophisticated than Lissy, and Lissy herself may prefer it when she gets older. I don’t think it really qualifies as a name change. By the way, I think Elissa is a gorgeous name!

Olivia Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I don’t know much about Hebrew names, being Catholic, but these are my favorite names, hope they help!

Girls:
Annabelle
Annemarie
Anya
Caroline
Clara
Delia
Delilah
Evangeline
Ginevra
Isabelle
Karolina
Katrina
Kiera
Lily
Lilyana
Marina
Melaina
Meredith
Seraphina
Shara

Boys:
Caleb
Elliot
Eric
Felix
Henry
Jasper
Kevin
Max
Nathan
Neal
Oliver
Ryan

Sraesc Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Miriam!

Frannie Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

We went with Livia for our daughter, which is Hebrew for crown. People always hear Olivia, not a surprise. She mostly goes by Liv, which people always mistake for Liz – something I didn’t account for when we were coming up with her name. I still love it, but for our next baby, I will be sure to pick a name that is not so likely to be mistaken for another, more popular name.

Marginamia Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Oh man, Nina, I did the exact same thing very recently! I called Valo June Vallombrosa for two whole days, then Valentina…. and all with the intention to still *call* her Valo June, but to just have a longer, uber feminine name on her birth certificate? wha? I’m nuts. My husband never went for my nonsense, and I decided that, for me, it had less to do with my daughter’s name (which really is beautiful to me) than my insatiable need to name children!

and here I am plugging my blog for the second day in a row (what are the odds of having my own posts be relevant to the topic here, two days in a row?) but I really think the epic list I just put up at marginamia might help (you) your husband. You might walk away with an awfully stylish gem of a name or two, which fit stunningly with your kids names…. and maybe even an adorable hand made doll from the Etsy shop I profiled. Hope it helps!

Best of luck to you (and me, I’ll be in the exact same boat with number three!)

-Kristen

pam Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Frannie, I did the same thing! I never guessed that almost everyone would mistake Rory for Laurie, Marie, Gloria and on and on. That is one advantage of telling people the name before you have the baby — you find out how everyone mishears it.

Mama Rachel Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I love, love, LOVE the biblical name Jemima! I’d use it in a second if we weren’t sticking with a Celtic theme. *sigh*

Oh, and Phoebe is biblical too, isn’t it? (A family name I’d love to use…)

THANK YOU for writing this article! I have eleven children and have tried to change 3 or four of their names when they were toddlers. And I DID change two of my babies’ names before they turned 1yr old. I’m relieved to know I’m not the only mother who’s neurotic about having the perfect name! πŸ˜€ (And I shared your article with my husband so he knows that HE is not the only husband who has to put up with such a wife! ;-D)

Best wishes to you!

pam Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

11 children? And you changed two of their names? I think you need to write the next guest blog for nameberry!

Mae Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

My vote is for Hannah or Asher!

Rachel Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Girls:
Adina
Alona
Aliya
Amira
Avia
Hannah
Keren
Leah
Liora
Maya
Miriam
Naomi
Nessa
Sarah
Talia

Boys:
Adam
Asa
Daniel
Ezra
Levi

My name is Rachel and I love it – I would suggest it to you but you have already used it as a middle name.

Jessica Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I like Nathaniel as an alternative to Daniel, and David and Jonathan are classic Old Testament names which are underused these days. Leah is lovely, as is Susannah.

Rachaol Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I am in love with Merav for a girl. So pretty with the soft “v” sound.

Lynae Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Shoshana
Asher

Courtney Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I love the names Eva (variation of Eve: “life”) and Delilah (“delight”) for a girl and Asher (“fortunate, blessed, happy one”) and Isaac (“laughter”) for boys…I think all of those have Hebrew meanings. Also, it’s a little off the wall, but I adore the name Noa (“movement, motion”) for a girl…it’s probably one I’ll consider using for my own daughter some day!

Jillian Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Here are some gorgeous names with a Jewish origin:

Boys: Aaron, Adam, Alexander, Benjamin, Elijah, Ethan, Isaac, Isaiah, James, Jesse, Levi, Micah, Nathan, Noah, Shia

Girls: Amaya, Avia/Aviah, Dalia, Dara, Delilah, Eve, Ever, Leah, Lilia, Phoebe, Shana/Shaina (which means beautiful), Shiloh, Sirena, Thalia

NinaB Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

LOVE the Nameberries! You guys are amazing. I’m compiling a big list. Wanted to make some comments on certain names . . . just for fun because where else would anyone appreciate it.

First, @Marginamia, I’ll check that out!
Pam, love Rory . . . of course I think of Gilmore Girls, which I was obsessed with a long time.

Some name comments in no particular order:

I probably should have mentioned the middle names in our family are Isaac and Eve. (already mentioned Rachel)

Noa for a girl: like, but I’m not so into gender neutral. Noa IS a very popular name in Israel now. Like naming your kid Jennifer in America in the 80s.

In general, I don’t mind using a name that’s known/common. (I know, very UNnameberry! But with Sam and Rebecca it’s been so simple and Elissa—not unusual, but fussier than the other two–has been more of a hassle.) As a side note, I think my mom totally nailed it with Nina. I highly suggest it for all you expecting ladies! Actually, it’s the perfect combo of easy, simple, but NOT common. Right?

Some names might be New Testament, but when I say Biblical, I’m talking Torah, Old Testament. A few people have said Zoe. Is that Jewish/Hebrew? I think Phoebe is Greek. Might be wrong.

We’re not naming after anyone, though I know that would be more common in Jewish tradition. We have named after for some. I’m named after my grandfather Norman. We can do anything for this baby though.

Ela Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I can lend you my son’s πŸ™‚

Dante

Unusual enough to be cool, not so much people think “good lord!”, easy enough to spell. He’s 8 now and I still love it, more than my other children’s names (okay, but could’ve done better).

Kylie Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Mara
Miriam
Susannah
Naomi/Noemi
Adara

MaryB Says:

August 5th, 2011 at 1:01 am

Girl: Tanna or Tana
Boy: Ephraim

I came thisclose to using Tanna on my daughter born this May but hubby nixed it and preferred my second pick. Tana is the more common spelling but it makes pronounciation confusing. I believe Tanna is the name of an ancient rabbincal order and/or scholar.

ycw Says:

August 5th, 2011 at 6:36 am

Your kids do have great names! If you still want to change Elissa’s name, she could be Elizabeth (Elisabeth?) but you could call her Elissa and Lissy. Just sayin.

Good luck! I am sure your husband will find a great name for this baby.

auburn Says:

August 5th, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Sam, Rebecca, Elissa and …

Well, my absolute favourite OT name is probably Zipporah, and I actually think the shared Jewish flavour means that she still works well as a sister to more well-used choices like Rebecca. Zipporah Badzin, Zippy Badzin, Zora Badzin.

Other than that, my first thought for a girl was Abigail, but perhaps she’s a bit popular at the moment, so how about Abilene? It’s actually a place very briefly mentioned in the NT, but it does apparently have Hebrew origins, so.

I love Ephraim (if you don’t mind repeating initials) and Noah for a boy Badzin.

Claire Says:

August 5th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Most of the names I would have suggested have already been suggested by other folks, so I only have two to offer up!

Girl: Derora (which can mean anything from flowing water or a bird or freedom, depending who you believe. It’s supposedly Hebrew)

Boy: Reuel (friend of God; Hebrew; and has the geek factor of being one of the Rs in JRR Tolkien)

Derora does lend itself to Rory as a nickname, whether you want it to or not!

Emmer Says:

August 5th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Susanna Grace Badzin (Zuzu, of petal’s fame)
Jonas Zev Badzin
Rosalind Aurora Badzin (Roz, Rosie, Roses or Rory)

πŸ™‚ these are my favorites

M.F.Peterson Says:

August 5th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Boy: Jonah
Girl: Simone

courtlett Says:

August 6th, 2011 at 2:44 am

Ayelet or Zachary. I have heard these both on children under 3 and they are great and (surprising in the case of ayelet! ) easily pronouncable to everyone who comes in contact with them.

Becca Says:

August 7th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Girls:
Eden
Arielle
Amalia
Mary
Leila
Sharon
Shayna
Dalia

Boys:
Joshua
Mishael
Jacob
Malkam
Jadon
David
Gabriel
Malachi
Galon
Dagan
Gideon
Joseph

I found most of them on http://www.hebrewbabynames.com/index.cfm

NinaB Says:

August 7th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I’m keeping a master list for Bryan! Thanks so much everyone! πŸ™‚

Nyx Says:

August 9th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

@NinaB – Can we get an update with some final selections? πŸ™‚

NinaB Says:

August 9th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Hi! Bryan won’t decide yet! But I’ll for sure report in after the baby comes.

Tressa Says:

November 7th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I came across this. What name did you end up choosing?

I’m a live-in nanny for a family of 5 girls (under age 6) and they’re named
Rachel
Rebecca
Caroline
Samantha
Sarah

AvalonEmerald20 Says:

January 8th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Asher for a boy and Susannah for a girl!

clover Says:

March 7th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Why exactly can’t you have a Rachel and a Rebecca in the same family??? Every.single.family I know who have at least two girls, and one is named Rebecca, then the other is Rachel. Always.

modest_monster Says:

March 24th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Hannah, Jael

Isaiah, Josh

liviajoan Says:

April 13th, 2013 at 2:01 am

Nina! What did you name your little one?? We want updates!

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