157 Jewish Baby Names With Meanings

Hebrew names are some of the oldest monikers in existence. In fact, most of the names we know today have Hebrew roots and have been trending on the Social Security Administration list for the past few years. So if you’re looking for a Jewish name to honor your heritage or that of a loved one, you’ve come to the right place.

Jewish people follow a basic tradition when it comes to naming their children. It is believed that when parents are thinking of a name for their child, an angel comes and whispers the name to their ears.

A baby boy is named at the time of his birth or circumcision. If the child is a firstborn or the redemption of the firstborn, a pompous ceremony is held. But if God forbid, the baby is ill, parents can name the child, even before the circumcision, so that people can pray for the child using his name. A baby girl is named at the Torah reading right after the birth. But some people even wait until Shabbat to name their children. It’s also customary for parents to name their children after deceased parents.

Whether you’re looking for a modern Jewish name or a traditional Biblical option, MomJunction has rounded up some of the most beautiful Jewish names for your little one.

NAMESMEANINGGENDER
AdamMan, earthBoy
ArielLion of GodBoy
AvigayilOne who is a happy father and provides joyGirl
Bat-TzionDaughter of Zion, or daughter of excellenceGirl
BaylaBeautifulGirl
Ben-TzionSon of Zion or son of excellenceBoy
BerelBearBoy
BruriahClarity of GodGirl
CalevLike a heartBoy
CarmiMy vineyardBoy
ChagitFestive, celebrationGirl
ChananelGod is compassionateBoy
ChizkiyahuGod is my strengthBoy
DanielA ProphetBoy
DanzigTrading cityBoy
DavidA beloved friendBoy
EitanOne who is steady and very boldBoy
EldadBeloved of GodBoy
EliiseFrom Elisabeth, which means My God is an oath, My God is abundanceGirl
ElonaA tough individual; like Oak treeBoy
ElyakimMy God will establishBoy
EmunahFaithGirl
EstherSweet; Star; Planet Venus; The Babylonian goddess of love; Fifth Century Queen of PersiaGirl
FaigeBirdGirl
FishelFishBoy
FivelNursingBoy
GabrielleGod is my strengthGirl
GamlielGod is my rewardBoy
HodayaPraise GodGirl
IritAsphodelGirl
IsabelleFrom Elisabeth, which means My God is an oath, My God is abundanceGirl
IssurYiddish nickname for IsraelBoy
ItaiWith MeBoy
JosephHebrew - Yahweh will add; God will Multiply; Derived from the element 'yacaph' meaning to add, to increaseBoy
KalonymosMercifulBoy
LantzYiddish form of Lancer. It means spear.Boy
LeahWeary, tired personGirl
LevonaFrankincenseGirl
MachlaAfflictionGirl
ManoachResting placeBoy
MatitiyahuGift of GodBoy
MatlinAn alpine meadow; beautiful and elegantGirl
MedadFriendBoy
MeiravTo maximizeGirl
MenuchaTranquilityGirl
MeshulamPaid forBoy
MiriamHebrew - Sea of Bitternes; Rebelliousness; Wished for child; To swell; A variant form of MaryGirl
NachshonDivinerBoy
NechemiaComforted by GodBoy
NetanelGift of GodBoy
NetanyaGift of GodGirl
NoaUndertaking or wave program or indication.Unisex
NoamLoveliness or satisfaction.Unisex
OmerTalker, successful, long-term, growing, bloomingBoy
OsnatBelonging to GodGirl
OvadiaA person who is a servant of GodBoy
PackerA professional name for a wool packerBoy
PaltielCreated by GodBoy
PeretzBurst forthBoy
PerlPearl; a dynamic personalityUnisex
PesachyaPesachya is derived from the word "petach" which means opening or doorBoy
RachamimCompassionBoy
SafereOne who looks like a bird; beautifulUnisex
SamaelName of the mythological archangel, it means Blindness of God or Venom of God or Poison of GodBoy
SarahPrincessGirl
SaundraProtector of humanityGirl
SaveriaBrand new homeGirl
SerachFree of restraintGirl
SevilBelovedGirl
ShabtaiShabtai is a derivative of "Shabbat"Boy
ShahrzadBringing freedom to the cityGirl
ShifraImprovedGirl
ShiraSongGirl
ShmariyahuGod's protectionBoy
ShneurTwo lightsBoy
SigalitVioletGirl
SolomiaPeaceGirl
TaliaDew from heavenGirl
TamarA name that means date palm treeGirl
TanchumConsolationBoy
TirtzahAgreeableGirl
TrumannA truthful and good natured personBoy
TuviaGod is goodBoy
TzadokJusticeBoy
TzemachPlantBoy
TzephaniaProtected by GodBoy
TzillaProtectionGirl
TzionExcellentBoy
TzionaExcellentGirl
TzipporahBirdGirl
TzophiyahLooking towards GodGirl
TzurielGod is my rockBoy
TzviyaDeer, gazelleGirl
UbonLotus flowerGirl
UkaleqHare from ArcticGirl
UlianaSoft-hairedGirl
UlloriaqStar-likeGirl
UlulaniDivine inspirationGirl
UrbanaThe one who lives in the cityGirl
UriGod is my lightBoy
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