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Click below for examples of Hebrew names old and new, their origins (when available), their meaning, and their gender. Names are organized alphabetically based on their Hebrew pronunciations, so "Chaim" would appeal under "C" rather than Haim under the letter "H."
 

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Names Origin and Meaning Gender
Aaron
Aharon
Heb:
אַהֲרן אהרון
Origin: Biblical
The celebrated brother of Moses who is most know for his peaceful ways and devotion to bringing peace amongst the people of Israel.
Variations and Nick Names:  Araleh, Arileh, Ari, Aharontchik
Adam
Heb:
אָדָם
Origin: Biblical
Meaning: Person, man, human being. The root of the name is אדמ, earth. According to the Origin: Biblical account, signifying that man is from earth and to earth he returns.
Adi
Heb:
עֲדִי
Origin: Modern
Meaning: Gem or Jewel
Aliza
Heb:
עַלִּיזָה
Origin: Modern
Meaning: Happy, Joyous, Merry.  Also one of the names of the City of Jerusalem
Almog
Heb:
אַלְמוֹג
Origin: Modern
Meaning: Coral

Alon
Heb:
אַלּוֹן

Origin: Modern
Meaning: Oak tree
Variations and Nick Names:
Aloni
Amir
Heb:
אָמִיר/עָמִיר
Origin: Modern
Meaning: Amir spelled with an "Alef" (א) means treetop and with an "Ayin" (ע) means a little sheaf or a little bundle of cut stalks of grain.
Amira
Heb:
אָמִירה/עָמִירה
Origin: Modern
Meaning: Amira spelled with an "Alef" (א) derived from the masculine Amir and means treetop.  Literally, it means a "saying" or "speech" or "words."  Amira spelled with an "Ayin" (ע) means binding cut stalks of grain into sheafs.
Amit
Heb:
עָמִית
Origin: Modern
Meaning: Friend
Amnon
Heb:
אַמְנוֹן
Origin: Biblical
Amnon one of King David's sons and brother to Tamar. The flowr "Amnon v'Tamar" a  pansy, is also a name of brother and sister princes.
Amos
Heb:
עָמוֹס
Origin: Biblical
Amos is one of Israel's prophets.  Book of Amos. 
Amos Oz is one of Israel's modern day celebrated authors.
Anat Heb:
עֲנָת
Origin: Biblical
Anat was name of male king in Origin: Biblical days.  In Modern Israel the name Anat is  used as girl's name. 
Ariel
Heb:
אֲרִיאֵל
Origin: Biblical
Ariel lived in the time of Ezra the prophet.  Ariel Sharon, Israel's Prime Miniser is the most famous modern day Israeli.  Ariel is also one of Jerusalem's many names.
Variations and Nick Names: Ari, Arik
Aryeh
Heb:
אַרְיֵה

Origin: Middle ages and beyond
Meaning: Lion.  Zoological names are common. Others include Zev (wolf), Dov ( bear, Tzvi (deer), and more.
Variations and Nick Names: Ari, Arik

Asaf
Heb:
אסף
Origin: Biblical
Several Origin: Biblical persons are named Asaf in the bible, including a Poet in the times of King David. Asi Dayan is a famous Israeli actor.
Variations and Nick Names: Asi .
Asher
Heb:
אָשֵׁר
Origin: Biblical
Asher is Jacob's son, one of the twelve tribes
Meaning: Happiness and bliss.
Variations and Nick Names:  Osher, Oshie, Ushie, Ashi
Asnat
(Osnat)
Heb:
אָסְנַתֲ  
Origin: Biblical
Asnat was the wife of Joseph, son of Jacob, according to the Origin: Biblical account of the Hebrews life in the land of Egypt.
Variations and Nick Names:
Osnat, Nati
Aviad Heb:
אֲבִיעַד
Origin: Biblical
Avi-ad is one of the names given by the prophet Isaiah to the Messiah
Meaning:
Father of all eternity.
Aviel
Heb:
אֲבִיאֵל  
Origin: Biblical
Meaning:
composed of the words "אָבִי" avi (my father) and "אֵל" el (God).
Variations and Nick Names:
Avi
Avigayil
Heb:
אֲבִיגַיִל  
Origin: Biblical
Meaning: Literally Father of happiness. Avigayil was one of King David's wife.
Variations and Nick Names:
Abigail, Abby
Aviya
Heb:
אֲבִיָּה
Origin: Biblical
Meaning:  composed of the words "אָבִי" avi (my father) and
and the letters י-ה  (the name of God).
Avital
Heb:
אֲבִיטַל
Origin: Biblical
Meaning: Literally Father of dew. Avital was one of King David's wife.
Variations and Nick Names:
Tali
Aviv
Heb:
אָבִיב
Origin: Modern
Meaning: Spring
Aviva
Heb:
אֲבִיבָה
Origin: Modern
Meaning: Derived from "Aviv"

Avraham
Heb: אַבְרָהָם

Origin: Biblical
Meaning: From word Av, Hebrew for father. The father of all nations.  Father Jacob and Esau, husband to Sarah and Hagar.
Variations and Nick Names:  Avi, Avremele, Avremi, Abraham, Abe, Abie
Ayal, Eyal
Heb:
אַיָּל
Origin: Modern
Meaning: Deer
Ayala
Heb:
אַיָּלָה
Origin: Modern
Meaning: Female Deer
Ayelet
Heb:
אַיֶּלֶת
Origin: Modern
Meaning: Female Deer


 

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Naming Ceremony: Sefardic Tradition, Zeved Habat
Jewish Baby Names from A to Z

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