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Meaning of Jewish and Biblical Names

Probable meaning of popular Jewish and Biblical Names

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On the following list you'll find names that are Bible-based or popular Jewish names. Most come from Hebrew, although some are based on Egyptian or other languages.

A

Aaron m.
Possibly means "high mountain" or "exalted."

Abraham m.
May mean "father of many."

Amos m.
"To carry."

Ari m.
"Lion."

Ariel m.f.
"Lion of god."

B

Baruch m.
"Blessed."

Benjamin m.
"Son of the south."

Boaz m.
"Swiftness"

D

Daniel m.
"God is my judge."

Dara f.
May mean "wisdom" or "compassion."

David m.
Possibly "beloved."

Deborah f.
"Bee."

E

Eli m.
"Height" or "ascension."

Elijah m.
"My God is Yahweh."

Emmanuel - Immanuel m.
"God is with us."

Ephraim m.
"Fruitful."

Esther f.
May mean "star" (Persian).

Ethan m.
"Solid, enduring."

Ezekiel m.
"God strengthens."

Ezra m.
"Help."

F

Freda - Freyde f.
"Joy."

G

Gideon m.
"Feller" or "hewer."

H

Hannah f.
"Favor" or "grace."

Hillel m.
"Praise."

Hyman - Hymie m.
"Man."

I

Ira m.
"Watchful."

Isaac m.
"He laughs"

Isaiah m.
"Yahweh is salvation."

J

Jacob m.
"Holder of the heel" or "supplanter."

Jeremiah m.
"Yahweh has uplifted."

Joel m.
"Yahweh is god."

Joseph m.
"He will add."

Judith f.
"Woman from Judea"

L

Leah f.
Probably means "weary."

Levi m.
"attached."

M

Marni f.
"Rejoice."

Maya f.
"Water."

Menachem - Menahem m.
"Comforter."

Miriam - Mary f.
May mean "sea of bitterness," "rebelliousness," "wished for child."

Mordecai m.
"Servant of Marduk (Persian)"

Moses - Moshe m.
May mean "deliver" or "son."

N

Naomi f.
"Pleasantness."

Nathan m.
(short for Jonathan or Nathaniel or on its own) "Giver."

Nissa f.
"Sign."

Noam m.
"Pleasantness."

O

Ophrah f., m.,
"Fawn."

Oren m.
"Pine tree."

Orpah f.
"Hind, female deer."

R

Rachel f.
"Ewe."

Raisa f.
"Rose."

Reuben m.
"Behold, a son."

Ron m., f.
"Song, joy."

S

Sarah f.
"Lady," or "princess."

Saul m.
"Asked for" or "prayed for."

Shayna f.
"Beautiful."

Shalom m.
"Peace."

Shimon - Simon m.
"Hearkening" or "listening."

Susanna f.
"Lily."

Solomon - Sol - Solly m.
"Peace."

T

Tamar f.
"Date palm."

Tobiah - Tevye m.
"Yahweh is good."

U

Uriel m.
"God is my light."

Z

Zelda f.
"Luck." SOURCE: Behind the Name: Jewish Names. Many more names and more complete etymology will be found.

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