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Hebrew Names & Their Meanings

Updated: Jan 30, 2023

When it comes to Hebrew names, there is a rich cultural and historical significance behind each one. From biblical figures to modern-day Israeli politicians, Hebrew names have played an important role in shaping Jewish identity and culture.

One of the most popular Hebrew names is Avi (אבי), which means “my father” in Hebrew. This name is often given to boys and is derived from the Hebrew word “av” (אב) , meaning father, you might know it as Aba אבא which is also correct.


Another popular name is Moshe (משה), which means “drawn out of water” in Hebrew.

This name is derived from the story of Moses in the Bible, who was saved as a baby from the Nile River by Pharaoh's daughter.


Another meaningful name is Sarah (שרה), which means “Female Minister” in Hebrew. This name is often given to girls and is derived from the Hebrew word “sar”, meaning minister or ruler.

Similarly, the name Sarah is also the name of the wife of Abraham in the Bible, who was considered the matriarch of the Jewish people.


Another popular name for boys is Daniel דניאל, which means “God is my judge” in Hebrew. This name is derived from the Hebrew words “Dan”, meaning judge, and “El”, meaning God.


For girls, the name C'hana חנה which means “grace” or “mercy” in Hebrew, is also a popular name. This name is derived from the Hebrew word “chen”, meaning grace or favor, and is also the name of the mother of the prophet Samuel in the Bible.


Here are few more modern examples:


  1. Noa (נעה) - This name for girls means "movement" or "motion" in Hebrew.

  2. Gal (גל) - This name for boys means "wave" in Hebrew.

  3. Omer (עומר) - This name for boys means "sheaf" or "bundle" in Hebrew.

  4. Orli (אורלי) - This name for girls means "my light" in Hebrew.

  5. Eitan (איתן) - This name for boys means "firm" or "steadfast" in Hebrew.

  6. Shir (שיר) - This name for girls means "song" in Hebrew.

  7. Yotam (יוֹתָם) - This name for boys means "God is perfect" or "God is complete" in Hebrew.

  8. Noga (נגה) - This name for girls means "shine" or "glow" in Hebrew.

  9. Tomer (תומר) - This name for boys means "palm tree" or "tall and straight" in Hebrew.


These are just a few examples of the many Hebrew names and their meanings.

Each name holds a special significance and tells a unique story.

When choosing a Hebrew name for a child, it is important to consider the meaning and cultural significance behind the name. It is a way to connect with Jewish heritage and tradition and to honor the many powerful and influential figures of Jewish history.


In conclusion, Hebrew names have a rich cultural and historical significance. They are a way to connect with Jewish heritage and tradition and to honor the many powerful and influential figures of Jewish history. It is important to consider the meaning and cultural significance behind the name when choosing a Hebrew name for a child. Bonus*** Here are some common names for boys and girls in Israel. Try reading and pronouncing correctly!

  1. Avi - My father - אבי

  2. Maya - Water - מיה

  3. Daniel - God is my judge - דניאל

  4. Adi - Jewel - עדי

  5. Liraz - My heart's desire - לירז

  6. Ofir - A country rich in natural treasures - אופיר

  7. Elior - My God is my light - אליאור

  8. Gali - My Wave - גלי

  9. Oren - Pine tree - אורן

  10. Yarden - The Jordan River - ירדן

  11. Shira - Song - שירה

  12. Roni - My joy - רוני

  13. Noga - Light - נוגה

  14. Ronen - Joy, happiness - רונן

  15. Hila - Crown, Glory - הילה

  16. Doron - Gift - דורון

  17. Amitai - My friend - אמיתי

  18. Yael - Mountain goat - יעל

  19. Lev - Heart - לב

  20. Yair - Will enlighten - יאיר

  21. Nitzan - Bud - ניצן

  22. Ayala - Doe, hind - אילה

  23. Ilan - Tree - אילן

  24. Alon - Oak tree - אלון

  25. Asaf - gathered - אסף

  26. Hadar - Glory - הדר

  27. Adva - small wave - אדווה

  28. Zohar - Bright, shining - זוהר

  29. Barak - Lightning - ברק

  30. Shirly - My song - שירלי

  31. Erez - Cedar tree - ארז


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