Naming Question's and Answers Page
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following are questions and answers that have been collected
over the years.
Kaddish Question's and Answers
General Question's and Answers
My father's name was Richard Sidney, and we would like to
give our son the Hebrew equivalent or something close. We
have been unable to find out my father's Hebrew name. We
plan to use the "R" from Richard and name the baby Ryan. We
understand that using the initial, rather than the exact
name is acceptable. Any insight you can give us would be
My daughter was named after my father whose name was Moshe.
When we met with the Rabbi he went through a book and gave
us several choices for her name. We picked the name "
Davida". We were talking about it last night with my
mother-in-law and she thought that didn't sound right. My
daughter is now eight years old. Could you confirm that this
name is correct.
I would like to name the child after my father. His name was
Arthur. Unfortunately, my mother cannot remember my father's
Hebrew name; and there are no other living relatives to ask.
My mother said that she might remember if she heard it.
Would it be possible for you to provide me with a list of
what the possibilities could be of his Hebrew name. I'm do
in June and it's early to determine whether we are having a
boy or a girl but I would like to be prepared for either
gender. Thank you for your time and consideration to my
I have two quesitons i was hoping you can answer
I am e-mailing you from xxxx. My wife would like to have
our grandson xxxxxxxx named after her deceased father
Velvel, and her deceased grandmother Gitel. The baby's
parents want no involvement. Is this something than can be
done through the mail and we provided with a certificate of
naming? The baby was circumcised in the Hospital and is now
8 days old.
Dear sirs We are parents-to-be (in about 5 weeks time) and
are very fond of the name Yentl. There's only one question
in our minds: is it a female name or, as some investigation
on the WWW shows, a name suitable for female and male as
well? And if asking not too much: is it true it is
etymoligicaly from the French word Gentille in the meaning
of "child" of "dear".
We are having a baby naming for our daughter in July. Her
name is Melissa Grace and was named after non-Jewish
relatives (my husband is not jewish but we are raising our
childrens Jewish). I have no female Jewish relatives who
have died to name her after - hebrew names, that is. Do you
have any suggestions for female Hebrew names? I know that
Michal is one I remember from my youth. I appreciate your
We would to name our daughter after my grandmother "Toby".
Can you please confirm that this name is a Hebrew name and
what the origins are beacause we are not sure if it is
Hebrew, English Or Yiddish
I just recieved a baby announcement and the baby's middle
name is "Yoda" , does this have any Jewish significance?
I was named after my great grandmother Pearl, but my father
wrote down Paula on my birth certificate, before I turned 12
my grandfather died so we didn't have a bat mitzvah for me,
I wanted to know when is the child named.
Please let me know what is the meaning of the word
Shamir (former Israeli Prime Minister). We are expecting a
child in the next couple of weeks and would like to name
him, if it is a boy, Shamir.
I would like to name my daughter after my living
grandmother. Is this possible according to Jewish law?
My sister just found out that she is pregnant her
question is this can she name the baby in engl ish for one
family member and in hebrew for another, this is for the
When I was a little child I always asked from my
grandfather (my mothers father) what is the origin of his
family name Samu (this is the Hungarian spelling, the
closest english would be Shamu) and he answered through a
smile that it is jewish. Then I was too young to give any
significance to this but now I am very interested to find
out anything I could about my ancestors and my origin. My
family lived in the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, to be exact
in the southern region of Hungary.
We were wondering whether it is ok to name our daugther
after my deceased grandfather with just the middle name. His
first name was Sam, and instead of naming our daugther with
an "S" we would like to use the "S" as a middle name. Is
When naming after someone, must the english and Hebrew names
both begin with the letter of the person you are naming
after? If not, is it acceptable for only the Hebrew name to
begin with the letter in question?
I AM NOT JEWISH BUT WILL BE ATTENDING A BABY NAMING
CEREMONY THIS WEEKEND. MY QUESTION IS, IS IT APPROPRIATE TO
BRING A GIFT FOR THE BABY AND IF SO WHAT TYPE OF GIFT SHOULD
I'm expecting my first child in October. I am very
confused about how a baby can be named. First of all, is
there any truth that a baby can be named after the living if
that person is over 80 years old?
My sister is pregnant and she is looking for a proper
name for her child. Please help me and forward me a list of
Hebrew names and their english equivalent respectively their
If someone is named Jacob will this show to others in
our society that the person is Jewish or Non-Jewish?
My daughter was named in Hebrew after my grandmother,
Fagel(Frances). My brother would like to name his new
daughter also after my grandmother. Can this be done?
What is the Hebrew equivalent for the name Alexandra
Isabel. Also what is the Hebrew spelling and how would these
names be pronounced phonetically in English? I would much
appreciate a reply.
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