Thursday, December 13, 2012

Happy Hanukkah!

Okay, I don't celebrate Hanukkah, but for my friends who do--a list of Hebrew names. Actually, many names used in English are ultimately Hebrew in origin, so I'll be avoiding the usual Biblical names that we're all familiar with.
Chag sameach!

Boys:
  • Adir (ah-DEER)--"mighty". Feminine is Adira.
  • Adiv (ah-DEEV)--"gentle, courteous". Feminine is Adiva.
  • Ari (ah-REE)--"lion"
  • Aviv (ah-VEEV)--"spring" [the season]. Feminine is Aviva.
  • Ayal (ah-YAHL)--"stag". Feminine is Ayala or Ayelet.
  • Chaim (khah-EEM)--"life". Also spelled Chayim. Feminine is Chaya.
  • Dekel (deh-KEL)--"palm tree"
  • Erez (eh-REZ)--"cedar"
  • Eyal (eh-YAHL)--"strength"
  • Harel (hah-REL)--"mountain of God"
  • Idan (ee-DAN)--"era"
  • Ilan (ee-LAHN)--"tree". Feminine is Ilanit or Ilana.
  • Lev (LEV)--"heart"
  • Oren (oh-REN)--"pine tree"
  • Ravid (rah-VEED)--"ornament"
  • Ronen (roh-NEN)--"song"
  • Shalev (shah-LEV)--"calm"
  • Tamir (tah-MEER)--"tall"
  • Tomer (toh-MEHR)--"palm tree"
  • Yaniv (yah-NEEV)--"prospering"
  • Zev (ZEV)--"wolf"
  • Ziv (ZEEV)--"bright, brilliant". Feminine is Ziva.

Girls:
  • Adina (ah-dee-NAH)--"gentle, delicate"
  • Adva (ahd-VAH)--"ripple, wave"
  • Ahava (ah-hah-VAH)--"love"
  • Ahuva (ah-hoo-VAH)--"beloved"
  • Aliza (ah-lee-ZAH)--"joyful"
  • Arava (ah-rah-VAH)--"willow"
  • Ateret (ah-TEHR-et)--"crown"
  • Bina (bee-NAH)--"wisdom"
  • Dalia (dahl-YAH)--"branch". Also spelled Dalya.
  • Dorit (doh-REET)--"generation" 
  • Emuna (eh-moo-NAH)--"faith". Also spelled Emunah.
  • Irit (ee-REET)--"asphodel"
  • Kalanit (kah-lah-NEET)--"anemone, buttercup"
  • Keren (keh-REN)--"ray of light"
  • Keshet (KEH-shet)--"rainbow"
  • Kineret (kee-neh-RET)--"Sea of Galilee"
  • Kochava (koh-KHAH-vah)--"star"
  • Liat (lee-AHT)--"you are mine"
  • Malka (mal-KAH)--"queen"
  • Margalit (mar-gah-LEET)--"pearl"
  • Meital (may-TAHL)--"dew drop". Also spelled Maytal.
  • Nava (NAH-vah)--"beautiful"
  • Nessa (nes-SAH)--"miracle"
  • Nurit (noo-REET)--"buttercup"
  • Rona (roh-NAH)--"joy, song"
  • Shira (sheer-AH)--"song"
  • Sivan (see-VAHN)--"season" [9th month of Jewish calendar, May-June]
  • Techiya (teh-khee-YAH)--"rebirth"
  • Tova (toh-VAH)--"good"
  • Zahava (zah-HAH-vah)--"gold"

Unisex:
  • Aviel (ah-vee-EL)--"God is my father"
  • Hallel (hahl-EHL)--"praise"
  • Lior (lee-OHR)--"my light". Also spelled Leor. Feminine is Liora/Leora or Liorit
  • Liron (lee-ROHN)--"my joy, song"
  • Nitzan (neet-ZAHN)--"bud". Feminine is Nitza or Nitzana.
  • Noam (NOH-ahm)--"pleasantness"
  • Shai (SHYE)--"gift"
  • Yarden (yar-DEN)--"Jordan River"