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.
|Uriella||Light of God||Girl|
|Uziel||God is my strength||Boy|
|Vitaliya||Full of life||Girl|
|Walentyna||Strong and sound||Girl|
|Yacova||Female form of Jacob, meaning Yahweh may protect||Girl|
|Yakova||Held by the heel||Girl|
|Yardena||To flow down||Girl|
|Yechezkel||God will strengthen||Boy|
|Yechiel||May God live||Boy|
|Yedidya||Beloved of God||Boy|
|Yehuda||God will be praised||Boy|
|Yerachmiel||God will have mercy||Boy|
|Yigal||He will redeem||Boy|
|Yirmiyahu||God will uplift||Boy|
|Yisrael||To struggle with God||Boy|
|Yissachar||There is a reward||Boy|
|Yoel||God is willing||Boy|
|Yohann||God is merciful||Boy|
|Yoshiaki||To be happy or to be righteous||Boy|
|Yusuf||God increases in piety, power and influence||Boy|
|Zakai||Pure, clear, free from blemishes||Boy|
|Zehava||To shine, light, brightness||Girl|
|Zoey||Life, To breathe or live||Girl|
|Zosia||Woman of wisdom||Girl|
|Zsanet||God is merciful||Girl|
|Zsuzsi||Short of Zsuzsanna, meaning lily||Girl|