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Names Origin and Meaning Gender
Yaakov
Heb:
יַעֲקֹב
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:  Koby, Yanky, Jacob, Jake
Yaara
Heb:
יַעְרָה
Origin: Modern
Meaning: Derived from Yaar, meaning forest
Yael
Heb:
יָעֵל
Origin: Biblical
Yael the wife of Chever Hakayni
Meaning: A kind of a mountain goat.
Variations and Nick Names:  Yali
Yair
Heb:
יָאִיר
Origin: Biblical
Yael the wife of Chever Hakayni
Meaning: He will illuminate.
Yarden
Heb:
יַרְדֵּן
Origin: Modern
Meaning: Named for the River Jordan in Israel
Yardena
Heb:
יַרְדֵּנָה
Origin: Modern
Derived from Yarden
Meaning:
Named for the River Jordan in Israel
Yariv
Heb:
יָרִיב
Origin: Biblical
Man named Yariv in time of Ezrah
Meaning: Will fight
Yechezkel
Heb:
יְחֶזְקֵאל
Origin: Biblical
Yechezkel or Ezekiel the prophet
Meaning:
God will Strengthen
Variations and Nick Names: Chezi, Chezki
Yehoshua
Heb:
יְהוֹשֻׁעַ
Origin: Biblical
Student of Moses, Prophet during the time of the Israelites in the Desert
Meaning: God will save, God will redeem
Variations and Nick Names:  Joshua, Josh, Shuie
Yehuda
Heb:
יְהוּדָה
Origin: Biblical
Son of Jacob and Leah, ancestor of King David
Meaning: Thanking God
Variations and Nick Names:  Judah, Yuda
Yehudit
Heb:
יְהוּדִית
Origin: Biblical
The heroic deed of Yehudit in the times of the Maccabbees inspired faith and courage in the hearts of Jews throughout the ages
Meaning:
Jewess
Variations and Nick Names: Judith, Judy
Yiftach
Heb:
יִפְתָּח
Origin: Biblical
One of the judges of Israel, who fought against Ammon.
Meaning: Will open
Yigal
Heb:
יִגְאָל
Origin: Modern
Meaning: Future tense masculine singular form of the verb גאל, which means to liberate, Yigal  then is he will liberate.
Yisrael
Heb:
ישְׂרָאֵל
Origin: Biblical
Jacob's son of Isaac was also named by God, Yisrael, This name was given to Jacob because he wrestled with God's angel.
Meaning:
Wrestle with God
Variations and Nick Names: Israel, Srulik,Srolik
Yisraela
Heb:
ישְׂרָאֵלה
Origin: Biblical
Derived from Yisrael
Meaning:
Wrestle with God
Yitschak
Heb:
יִצְחָק
Origin: Biblical
Yitzchak, second of the three patriarchs, son of Abraham and father of Jacob
Meaning:
Will laugh
Variations and Nick Names: Isaac, Itzik,Tzachi
Yoav
Heb:
יוֹאָב
Origin: Biblical
Yoab son of Zeruiah, King David's Cheif of the military.
Meaning: God is the father
Yochanan
Heb:
יוֹחָנָן
Origin: Biblical
Name of High Priest
Meaning: God granted
Yocheved
Heb:
יוֹכָבֶד
Origin: Biblical
The mother of Moses
Meaning: God is honor
Yoel
Heb:
יוֹאֵל
Biblical
Yoel the prophet.
Meaning: Wills or commands
Yona
Heb:
יוֹנָה
Origin: Biblical
Yona, a Jewish prophet, famous story of Jonah and the Whale
Meaning: Dove
Yonatan
Heb:
יוֹנָתָן
Origin: Biblical
Yonatan was son of King Saul (Shaul) and dear friend of King David
Meaning:
God granted
Variations and Nick Names: Jonathan, Jon, Yoni
Yoram, Yehoram
Heb:
יוֹרָם, יְהוֹרָם
Origin: Biblical
Name of one the kings of Israel
Yehoram Gaon, famous Israeli singer of last 40 years.
Meaning: God is great
Yosef
Heb:
יוֹסֵף
Origin: Biblical
Son of Jacob and Rachel, Minister of Egypt under Pharaoh's rule.
Meaning: Will add
Variations and Nick Names:  Joe, Joseph, Yossi
Yotam
Heb:
יוֹתָם
Origin: Biblical
The son of Gideon, a Judge in biblical times.
Meaning: God is perfection
Yuval
Heb:
יוּבַל
Origin: Biblical
Son of Lemech in book of Genesis
Meaning: Stream of water


 

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

 

 

 




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