Hebrew names for girls

Hebrew Names For Girls

Hebrew names for girls have found extreme popularity in the US in the past few years. Some of the most commonly used Hebrew names for girls in the US include Hannah, Elizabeth, and Rachel. 

Hebrew is the ancient Semitic language that finds its origin back in Israel. Although the use was tapered during 200-400 CE, the language managed to survive with Jewish liturgy and literature. However, one of the main aspects of Hebrew is its comeback during the 19th century.

Ancient Hebrew is mostly used for an ancient or religious context. But, modern Hebrew finds its relevance in Israel’s official language spoken by more than nine million people. However, Hebrew dedicates its origin back to the religious times, so most of the Hebrew names for girls and boys are Biblical.

Most of these Hebrew names for girls are relevant to English-speaking culture. For this reason, many feel most of these Hebrew names are English, but they aren’t. If you are looking to name your child, here are some popular names that might suit your child the best. Most of these names have historical significance, while most of them have Biblical annotations related to them.

1. Abigail

Abigail’s name means that one is the source of joy or rather ‘my father rejoices.’ Abigail has its connection in the Bible, for it was David’s wife’s name. In the Bile, Abigail is beautiful, prophetic, and wise. However, during the nineteenth century, Abigail sprung up in popularity as a term for the maid. Today Abigail is one of the most popular names in the United States and Israel.

2. Annalise

Annalise has Hebrew and Latin origin. The name translates to ‘Grace’ or devoted to God. In Latin, Annalise means Graced with bounty. The name holds the same meaning in Hebrew as well. One most fascinating fact about the name is that it has a certain German association to it as well.

3. Aviva

Aviva is one of the most popular Hebrew names for girls. This first name translates to “springlike, dewy, and fresh’.  Aviva also means renewal in Hebrew. Aviva is further a feminine name which translates to innocent or youthful.

4. Elizabeth

Many may not believe it, but Elizabeth is one popular Hebrew name. Many have often confused Elizabeth to be an English name, but it is not. Elizabeth, as a Hebrew name, translates to ‘pledged to God.’ It further means ‘My God is an oath, my God is abundance.”

Elizabeth is derived from the Hebrew name Elisheva. It is a compound name where Eli means God and sheva means an oath. In the Christian Bible, Elizabeth is the mother of John, the Baptist.

5. Hannah

Hannah is one of the most popular Hebrew names for girls meaning favor or grace. Hannah is derived from the Hebrew name, Channah, which is further derived from channan (grace). Hannah is one of the most popular or predominant characters in the Bible for she was the mother of Samuel.

6. Eliana

Eliana is a popular girl’s name that holds its origin in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew culture. The name translates to the meaning, “My God has answered.”

The Hebrew version of Eliana is divided into different elements, el meaning God and ana meaning answered. Hence the name rightly translates to My God Has answered. Eliana is considered to be a very holy name in the Bible culture.

7. Susannah

Susannah owes its origin to the Hebrew language. The name means lily. It is one of the most popular Hebrew names. Ever since the names Susan and Suzanne moved away, Susannah has been one of the most popular names though today it not common in Israel. 

8. Leah

Leah is yet another famous Hebrew name that translates to weary. Having a Hebrew origin, Leah became extremely popular over time.

Leah holds an essential position in the Bible. Leah was the name of the first wife of Jacob. She has a daughter, Dinah, Reuben, Levi, Judah, and Simeon. She was considered an essential Biblical matriarch. 

9. Maya

Maya has often been considered to be an Indian name, but it is not. Maya shares its origin across different languages like Greek, Spanish, and Hebrew language. In all the languages, Maya means water.

10. Naomi

Naomi is yet another popular Hebrew name referring to pleasantness. It is one of those names that is widely popular in the Old Testament. 

Naomi is one popular Jewish name and holds the relation in the Bible with that of Ruth’s mother-in-law. In Jewish culture, the girls who read Ruth’s story in the synagogue during the Shavuot are symbolically called Naomi. Apart from being a popular Hebrew name for girls, Naomi does find its relevance in the Jewish culture.

11. Rachel

If you’re looking forward to a popular and beautiful name for your daughter holding a Biblical reference, then Rachel would be the best choice. Rachel was the beloved wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin

Rachel is the Hebrew word Rachel translating ewe. Rachel has its relation with softness and delicacy. The name was initially related to Hebrew origin and was a popular Jewish name. However, after Reformation, Rachel became renowned as a popular Christian name.

12. Talia

Talia is a popular Jewish name with Hebrew origin holding the meaning, “gentle dew from heaven, by the water.” According to mythology, Talia was a part of the ten angels who visited the sun daily. Moreover, the name Thalia (homophonous to Talia) has significant Greek attachments.

13. Kelilah

Kelilah, a Jewish name, has a Hebrew origin and means ‘crown, laurel.’

14. Sarah

Sarah translates to the word Princess which is why many parents prefer naming their daughter the name. In the Bible Sarah was the mother of Isaac and wife of Abraham. Sarah’s story is very famous in the Book of Genesis states that the original name of Sarah was Sarai.

However, according to the story, Sarah changed her name to Sarai for the love of God at the age of ninety. Compared to Sarai, Sarah is an auspicious movie.

15. Ariella

One of the most popular Jewish names for girls, Ariella, refers to ‘lioness of God.’ Many people use the variant Ariel in Jerusalem. In the Bible, Ariella finds its mention in Ezekiel 43:15. Jewish mostly uses Ariella to indicate the altar of the Holy Temple.

16. Ahuva

Ahuva meaning ‘beloved’ is one of the most beautiful yet rare names for Jewish girls. The name or words finds its mention in the Bible around Nechemia 13:26 and Deuteronomy 21:15.

17. Avishag

Standing for ‘father’s joy,’ Avishag is denoted to express a father’s love for his daughter. In 1-Kings 1:3, Avishag is one of the attendants of King David’s wife.

18. Avital

Although one of the best Hebrew names for girls, Avital refers to “father of dew,” which means God as sustainer. Avital is the wife of King David, and her mention has been made in 2-Samuel 3:4. In Kabbalah, Tal means divine nourishment and is seen as dews descending from heaven to water the plants.

19. Ayelet

Yet another standard Hebrew name for girls, Ayelet means “deer”. Ayelet is often associated with Naftali of the Bible. In Genesis 49:21, Naftali is said to be a swift deer.

20. Bat Sheva

Bat Sheva, a popular Hebrew name, refers to the daughter of Seven. Bat Sheva is the wife of King David (2-Samuel 11:27) and the mother of King Solomon (2-Samuel 12:24). Bat Sheva is one of the most commonly used Hebrew names and the common variation of the name includes Batsheba and Batsheva.

21. Batya

Batya refers to the daughter of God. In Jewish culture, Batya means being the love of God. According to the Bible, Exodus 2:5, Batya was the Pharaoh’s daughter who saved baby Moses from the longest river Nile River. Some of the common variations of this include Basya and Batia.

22. Bruriah

Most of the Jewish names are related to God. Bruriah refers to ‘clarity of God’. According to the Old Testament, Bruriah was the wife of Rabbi Meir, one of the greatest scholars of Tolar from the Talmudic times.

23. Bayla

Bayla Beila was a very common Hebrew name among Jews in Eastern Europe. Today it is still in use but mostly among ultra-Orthodox Jews. The name means beautiful. The name Bayla was related to Bilhah, the mother of Naftali and Dan. Naftali and Dan were two of the tribes of Israel, as per Genesis 29:9 and 30:3.

24. Chava

Although not many may know Chava is the first woman of the Bible. In the Bible, Chava refers to life. The mention of Chava has been made in Genesis 3:20.

25. Chaya

Chaya is one of the main Jewish names related to Chava. According to Genesis 3:20, Chaya is the first woman of the Bible. Although these two share the same meaning, this is one of the most beautiful Jewish names. However, unlike Chava, Chaya means alive or living.

26. Dalia

Like other Hebrew names, the name Dalia also contains the word Yah meaning (in Hebrew) God, which adds a spiritual and religious meaning to the name. Also, Dalia is a colorful flower chosen for the national flower of Mexico. The mention of Dalia has been made in Ezekiel 17:6  (“the roots”) and 31:7. However, in modern Hebrew or Jewish, Dalia is the name of a flower native to Mexico. The English name of Dalia is Dahlia or Dalya.

27. Deborah

The mention of Deborah has been made in the Bible in the Book of Judges 4:4 (and more) and Genesis 35:8. In Hebrew, Deborah means to speak kind words. In the Bible, Deborah is a great prophetess and Judge who revolted against the Canaanite king. In Genesis 35:8, Deborah was Rebecca’s nurse.

28. Dinah

In Hebrew, Dinah refers to judgment. The common variants of Dinah are Deena and Dina. In the Bible, Dinah is the daughter of Leah and Jacob.

29. Elisheva

Elisheva is the Hebrew name for Elizabeth. In Exodus 6:23, Elisheva is the wife of Aaron, the High Priest. However, in Hebrew, Elisheva refers to “God is my oath.”

30. Esther

Esther has two meanings, one in Hebrew and Persian- hidden and star, respectively. The mention of Esther is made in the Biblical Book of Esther. According to the story, Esther came forward to save the Jews from Haman’s genocidal plot. However, accordingly, Esther was a beautiful woman with internal qualities who chose to become a queen.

31. Faige

In Yiddish culture, Faige means bird and has close relations to the Yiddish word for the fruit, fig. It is most commonly used in the ultra-orthodox communities.

32. Gavriella

Gavriella is the Hebrew name for Gabriella. According to the Hebrew language, Gavriella refers to “God is my strength.” Like most of the Hebrew names for girls, Gabriella is used extensively for women.

33. Hadassah

Hadassah is the Hebrew version of Esther. Hadassah has been mentioned in the Book of Esther. According to Hebrew, Hadassah refers to ‘myrtle tree.’ Some of the common variations of Hadassah include Dassa, Dassi, Hadas, and Hadasa.

34. Hinda

The Yiddish for Hinda means deer. Hinda, however, is often associated with the Biblical character of Naftali. Naftali is the character of the Bible who is as swift as a deer. Hinda has been mentioned in Genesis 49:21.

35. Ilana

Ilana has a wonderful meaning associated with it, ‘tree.’ The common variations of Ilana include Ilanit and Elana. The meaning of Ilana is derived from its numeric value. According to the Kabbalah, Ilana refers to God’s throne because of its numeric value, 96.

36. Kelia

Kelia is a Hebrew name derived from the Hebrew word Keli. Kelia is mostly a Hebrew name for girls, used by the Jewish people. Accordingly, Kelia refers to a vessel. In the Jewish language, a talented person is often known as Keli. Keli, however, refers to a fulfilled person who can do even the greatest things very easily.

37. Levona

As beautiful the name is, Levona means ‘frankincense’. According to Exodus 30:34, Levona was a spice found in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. Although a holy spice in the Old Testament, Levona is one of the most beautiful Hebrew names for a daughter.

38. Machla

Machla is one of the unique names in the Jewish culture. Machla refers to affliction in Jewish culture. In the Bible, Machla was one of the five daughters of Tzelofchad. The mention of Machla was made in Numbers 26:33. Machla is used in the Jewish culture, mostly because of its association with the Bible.

39. Mayan (Ma’ayan)

Mayan (Ma’ayan) refers to spring or oasis. It is one of the most beautiful names belonging to the Jewish culture. Mayan is one of the main characters in the Bible.

In Daniel 9:26, the mention of Mayan is “And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed.”

40. Kinneret

In Jewish culture, Kinneret is another name given to Lake Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee

41 Meira

Meira relates itself to the light. In Hebrew, Meira refers to the one who provides light. Meira is often used as a nickname for Miriam and is one of the variants of Mira.

42. Michal

The mention of Michal is made twice in the Old Testament. Michal is the daughter of King Saul in 1-Samuel 14:49. Michal’s next mention is made in the Bible as the first wife of King David in 1-Samuel 18:27. According to the Hebrew language, Michal annotated, “Who is like God?”

43. Miriam

Miriam means ‘bitter and sea.’ In the Bible, Miriam is the daughter of Amram and Jochebed and Moses and Aaron (Exodus 15:20).

Miriam is one of the main characters in the Book of Exodus. She played a significant role in Israel’s people’s vitality, encouraging them and improving their mental state. Miriam knew how to make bittersweet, which made her a very popular figure among B’nei Israel. 

44. Osnat

Osnat is a Hebrew name referring to “belonging to God.” In the Bible, Osnat is the wife of Joseph. In Genesis 41:45, Osnat is the mother of Menashe and Ephraim. The common variations of Osnat are Asnas, Osnas, and Asnat.

45. Penina

Penina in the Bible is the wife of Elkanah as per 1-Samuel 1:2. In Hebrew, Penina denotes pearl. In the Kabbalah, Penina is often related to penimi, which means inner. The inner, however, signifies beauty, depth, and purity. The inner depth, however, is related to the purity of the pearl.

46. Rivka

The common variations of Rivka are Rebecca and Rifka. Rivka refers ‘to tie.’ Rivka in the Bible is one of the most important figures who is one of the four matriarchs, Isaac’s wife. She is the wife of Jacob. In the stories of the Bible, Rivka is extremely popular for her kindness. In Genesis ch. 24, Rivka drew the water from the well for Abraham’s servant and his camels.

47. Sarai

In the Bible, Sarai means “my princess”. Sarai is the original for Sarah. According to Genesis 11:29, Sarai is the mother of Isaac and wife of Abraham.

48. Shiloh

Shiloh is one of the most important Biblical characters of Ephraim’s territory. The territory was the home to Tabernacle, according to the Midrash. 

Takeaway

The above mentioned are some of the popular Hebrew names for girls. If you are looking for a Biblical name for your newly born daughter, then you should go for them. These names contain spiritual meaning that would suit any newborn girl. Naturally, we wrote concisely about every name.

Feel free to write us a message in the article, ask for more information regarding the meaning of the name, or ask about biblical names that may not appear in the article. We will be happy to help and advise as much as possible.

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