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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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subjectivity
Nov. 2nd, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
Well, I think we didn't name Melissa "Marcia" because of our great-aunt. But I'm not sure if it was because it was too close on the family tree, as you say, or if it was just because they didn't want a Matthew and Marcia in the same family since that was Aunt Marcia's husband's name. I think if they are still alive and in your tree linearly you shouldn't use the name. But I don't know about cousins, etc. For example even though my cousin is named Emily I think I could still name my child Emily or at least Emma without too many eyebrows raised, especially if they were both named after Evelyn. I think most families probably stay away from that anyway though just because of confusion.

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