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Thoughts on Jewish childrens names

I think I want to name my children names that are obviously Jewish.

It cuts down on EVERYONE having your same name (a problem when you're named MELISSA)
It puts forth a strong and proud Jewish identity.
Hebrew and English names would be the same, and you wouldn't come across "Davida Emmanuela" (my sister's Hebrew name) type issues.

These are the ones that I like the most that I'm considering for my children.

Girls:
Chava
Shoshanna
Rivka
Shira
Aliyah
Aviva (too close to Aviyah?)

Boys:
Barak
Yair
Ariel (Ari?)
Eliezer (Eli, pronounced "EE-lye" not "EH-lee")
Elijah (Eli)

When I was 13, I wanted to name my first girl "Hannah Rebecca" and have her Hebrew name be "Chanah Rivka," but then my aunt stole it for her daughter, Anna. At this point I'd rather just name my child their Hebrew name in English, but unfortunately Chanah Rivka is still taken :(

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thisgirliknow
Nov. 1st, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
My mom's legal name is Rochel. Up until she was five, she always went by that, pronounced "rah-CHEYL." When she started kindergarten, she started using "Rochelle." I think she dropped the "le" in high school. Her legal name has always been spelled "Rochel." In my lifetime, the only person who has ever pronounced it "rah-CHEYL" has been her older brother. Well, then and when someone calls me up to the Torah as "Chaya Merchavya Leah bat Michayel v'Rahcheyl"
subjectivity
Nov. 1st, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)
Zadik says "Rohel" and so did Grandpa.

As for names: Aviva = way too close! As for the other names, I have some thoughts, but don't want you to steal them :)
thisgirliknow
Nov. 1st, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
I mentioned mom's older brother calling her that. I didn't realize that Grandpa did also.

Do you know when she dropped the LE

For your children's names, you mean? I won't steal your thoughts, but don't tell me anyway, just in case
subjectivity
Nov. 2nd, 2005 12:27 am (UTC)
I thought she adopted the "le" in middle school or high school and dropped it soon after graduating high school.

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