119 Israeli Baby Names With Meanings

Shalom! Naming your child is one of the most crucial decisions you will be making on their behalf. So you have to be extremely mindful while selecting a name for them. Why don’t you take some inspiration from the Holy Land itself? Israeli names are so common that you may not even have noticed that some of the most popular names today are Hebrew.

When choosing names for their children, Israelis focus on both the meaning and sound of the name. This is the primary reason that despite being a highly westernized country, Israeli parents stick with Hebrew names for their babies. Another thing we’ve noticed is that Israelis like short names. Their names are rarely over two syllables and are often gender neutral.

There are several differences in the naming convention within different Jewish communities residing in Israel. Secular or modern Israelis do not give middle names, while it’s a must in religious Jewish families. The moderate ones choose a modern first name and a traditional middle name, often after a relative.

To give you a taste of traditional and contemporary Israeli name, MomJunction has compiled a list of Israeli baby names with meanings. While some of these are common in Israel, these can be quite distinctive and unique for a child growing up in the UK or the US.

AbidanMy father is judgeBoy
AchimaHe will establishGirl
AdamMan, earthBoy
AdeleA short form of adelaideGirl
AhiramBrother of the exaltedBoy
AlatanStrength, a strong oneBoy
AlloniaOak treeGirl
AmaryaThe word GodBoy
AmmiMy peopleBoy
AmmitalHe who is truthfulBoy
AnathThe answerGirl
AnshilA blessed and happy soul.Boy
ArielLion of GodBoy
AtaretSomeone who is being crownedBoy
AvigayilOne who is a happy father and provides joyGirl
AvimelechMy father is kingBoy
AvishagMy father straysGirl
AyalonDeer or gazelleBoy
AyeletA gazelleGirl
AzareelHelp of GodBoy
AzaziahStrength of YahwehBoy
AzrailThe Angel of DeathBoy
Bat-TseeyonDaughter of ZionGirl
BathshuaVariant of Bathsheba.Girl
Ben-AryehSon of the lionBoy
Ben-TziyonSon of ZionBoy
BeriahBeriah means "calamity" or "misfortune" in Hebrew.Beryiah or beriah means healthy, sound, fit, well, hale, lusty, bonny; stout, robust; wholesome, nutritious, healthful, hearty (laugh) Beriah can refer to several different Biblical figures. Beriah can beBoy
BeruraShe who is pure.Girl
BethuelMan of GodBoy
ChaniaEncampment, or resting placeGirl
ChavivHe who is beloved.Boy
Cheftzi-BaShe is my desireGirl
ChiramAn exalted and noble being.Boy
ChoniA gracious being.Boy
DafneLaurel treeGirl
DaganyahCeremonial grainGirl
DaliahGentle oneGirl
DanielA ProphetBoy
DaniyyelGod is my judgeBoy
DavidA beloved friendBoy
DiklaPalm treeGirl
EiranHe who is awake and vigilant.Boy
EitanOne who is steady and very boldBoy
ElazaroGod has helpedBoy
ElipheletMy God is deliveranceBoy
ElishamaGod hears everyoneBoy
EliyyahuThe Lord is my GodBoy
ElnatanGift of GodBoy
EshakolA grape clusterBoy
EvenezerFoundation stoneBoy
GhilaJoy and happinessGirl
GilanaMy joy is eternalGirl
HasidaShe who is righteous.Girl
Hillelto praiseBoy
IthamarPalm islandBoy
JafitShe who is beautiful.Girl
JazeelThe power of God.Boy
JedidahA friend or companionGirl
JonatiMy doveGirl
JosephHebrew - Yahweh will add; God will Multiply; Derived from the element 'yacaph' meaning to add, to increaseBoy
KaelaKaela is a Girl name meaning The laurel CrownGirl
KarmiaVineyard of the LordGirl
LiaA weary mistress or rulerGirl
MarmelVineyard of the LordGirl
MazalLuck or fortune.Girl
MiriamHebrew - Sea of Bitternes; Rebelliousness; Wished for child; To swell; A variant form of MaryGirl
MirtzaSea of bitternessGirl
MorielGod is my teacherGirl
NoaUndertaking or wave program or indication.Unisex
NoamLoveliness or satisfaction.Unisex
OmerTalker, successful, long-term, growing, bloomingBoy
OraliMy lightGirl
OrnetteLight, cedar treeGirl
PesselMy pearlGirl
PinyeHe who is dark complexioned.Boy
RaguelOne of the seven archangelsBoy
ReuA friend of his, or a shepardBoy
SaadyaGod's helperBoy
ShachnaClose to GodBoy
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