Israeli Baby Boy/ Girl Names
Choosing the right Israeli baby
name for your new born baby girl or boy is no easy task.
Many prefer names
rooted deep in history and culture, which bares a significant meaning and heritage. Some of the most traditional
and common Israeli names are taken from the main historical characters in the Bible.
This phenomenon is not
only amongst religious people, but can be found world wide, in different cultures and all layers of
Some of the reasons for
choosing a Biblical, Israeli name include:
Many believe the chosen name will reflect upon their
child's life and character, hence might choose a name associated with great virtues such as the
beautiful Rachel, generous Rebacca queen Athtalia, or Sara - the first mother of
Here you will find
thebaby name meaningsof some of the
most common Israeli baby girl names given after dominant women in the Bible:
- One of the four mothers of Israel. Her story appears in the book of Bereshit (Genesis). She is the daughter of
Lavan, Leah's younger sister, wife of Jacob, and mother of Josef and Benjamin. Rachel is considered mother of
sons, the mother of the Israeli tribes. In the book of Genesis Rachel is the preferred sister in the eyes of
Jacob, and he works for 14 years for her father to gain the right to marry her.
Rebecca - Known in Hebrew as Rivka, Rebecca is the second of the four mothers
of Israel. Wife of Yitzhak, daughter of Betuel, and sister of Lavan. Her story appears in the book of Bereshit
(Genesis). In his older years, Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for Yitzhak. The name of the servant is
not mentioned but is said to be Eliezer. When Rivka shows generosity towards the servant, she is chosen by him
to come back and marry Yitzhak.
One of the four mothers. Her story also appears in the book of Bereshit. The meaning of the name Leah is not
entirely understood, but some claim it is from an ancients language, and meaning "cow" (similar to the name
Rachel which comes from a word meaning "sheep"). Leah is the mother of six out of the twelve sons of Jacob:
Reuben, Shimon, Levi, Yehuda, Isaschar and Zvulun, and also of Jacob's daughter Dina. These are the names of
most of the Israeli tribes, and certainly the most important amongst them. Leah is the first woman in the bible
to choose baby names for her children herself. Jacob, her
husband, loved Rachel, her sister, more than her.
- Zilpa was the servant of Leah and Jacob's fourth wife. When Jacob married Leah, Laban (Leah's father) gave
Zilpa to Leah as a servant.
When Leah could not
bare children temporarily, she gave Zilpa to Jacob as a wife, and Zilpa gave birth to Gad and Asher (two of the
Israeli tribes). These sons are considered sons of Leah, as was the custom in biblical times.
Athalia - Queen of Yehuda in years 842 until 836 B.C.
- Daughter of Lemech, mentioned in the book of Bereshit (Genesis).
According to some she was the wife of Noah, builder of the ark. The literal meaning
of her name is - pleasant one.
Abigail (Avigail) -
Wife of king David. A woman of beauty and intelligence.
one of the four most beautiful women in the world (according to the
The literal meaning of her name is - My father is joy.
Israeli baby boy names
include: Caleb, Michael, Joshua, Jaden, Ethan...
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