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.
|Shraga||Candle, or light||Boy|
|Talia||Dew from heaven||Girl|
|Tamar||A name that means date palm tree||Girl|
|Tychicus||accidental or fortunate.||Girl|
|Uri||God is my light||Boy|
|Uzziah||God is strong||Boy|
|Yagil||He will rejoice||Boy|
|Yehochanan||God is gracious||Boy|
|Yeshayahu||God is salvation||Boy|
|Yoram||Exalted by God||Girl|
|Yosepha||God will add||Girl|
|Zemora||Song of praise||Girl|