January 26, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm #594517memoMember
What are the popular names???January 26, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm #734330Y.W. EditorKeymaster
MohammedJanuary 26, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm #734331phillybubbyParticipant
Depends who was niftar recently.January 26, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm #734332always hereParticipant
I heard that in the secular world, for the last 3 yrs, the most popular boy’s name is Jacob.January 26, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm #734333snapplegrlMember
the avos and imahos!January 26, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm #734334cutie pieMember
For males- Moshe, Dovid, Chaim
For females- Esti, Rivky, Chaya, Chani, Sarah, Devorah
BTW- none of those names listed are mine!January 26, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm #734335smartcookieMember
Deja Vu, anyone?January 26, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm #734336doodle jumpParticipant
My name:)January 26, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm #734337eclipseMember
PollardJanuary 26, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm #734338hudiParticipant
In the frum jewish world
girls: esther, rivka, rochel, sarah, chana
boys: moshe, aharon, yaakov, yosef
mohammed is one of the most popular names in the UK when they ignore all the spelling variations.January 26, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm #734339YummyYummyMember
According to the Social Security Admissions in 2009:
Male: 1) Jacob 2) Ethan 3) Michael 4) Alexander 5) William 6) Joshua 7) Daniel 8) Jayden 9) Noah 10) Anthony.
Female: 1) Isabella 2) Emma 3) Olivia 4) Sophia 5) Ava 6) Emily 7) Madison 8) Abigail 9) Chloe 10) Mia
It’s interesting that a few of the boys names sound Jewish, but maybe one or two of the girls names sound Jewish.January 26, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm #734340amichaiParticipant
depending on your circles
dati leumi world – emunah, moriah, hallel.tzofia,gefen.
boys are amiel,yehonatan, netanel,dagan,har-el.
the chareidi worlds are the names of the avos and imahos. including are names such as michal, shira, avivit.January 27, 2011 7:02 pm at 7:02 pm #734343
Why are names such as Gimpel, Getzel, Zerach (Zoorach), Shlumiel for boys and Shprintza, Dvosha for girls so rare?January 27, 2011 7:27 pm at 7:27 pm #734344always hereParticipant
metrodriver– on my husband’s side we have ka’h a bunch of Shprintzas, Frimchas, & Roizas ..
I personally love those cousins (from Willi, Monroe, & Monsey). I was SUCH an obvious BT back in the day & they were always soo warm to me. I admit it was, @ first, very offputting to see the kupkas & shpitzels, but the ladies were very nice. thanks also to a great shvigger, A’H, & most charming, wonderful sister-in-law, as intermediaries. 🙂January 27, 2011 7:51 pm at 7:51 pm #734345LAerMember
metro, Shlumiel? Seriously?
I think there is an old thread on this same topic.January 28, 2011 8:30 pm at 8:30 pm #734346
LAer; Shlumiel (Ben Tzuri-Sha-Day) is a name mentioned in the Torah. So. I’m (genuinely) wondering why people stopped giving this name to their children?January 28, 2011 8:40 pm at 8:40 pm #734347LAerMember
metro, if you pronounce it the (incorrect) Yiddish way, with the accent on the first syllable, you’ve got Shlumiel, as in “you’re such a shlumiel!” Sorta like naming your kid “Moron.”January 28, 2011 9:47 pm at 9:47 pm #734348dunnoMember
“I think there is an old thread on this same topic. “
Here’s one that’s the opposite of this:January 29, 2011 9:14 pm at 9:14 pm #734349
Metrodriver would you give your child any name from the torah?
Would you name your child eg after descendants of shem: arpachshad or lud or aram?
How about after sons of the shevatim: falu, chetzron, karmi, yachin, tzochar, tola, fuva, sered, yachle’el, shuni, etzbon, yishva, vriah, vecher, ashbel, mupim, chupim, ord, guni, shilem etc.
Or nesi’im eg chelon, shdeur, tzurishado, elyasaf, pedatzur, achira, etc
I’ll leave women’s names for another timeJanuary 30, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am #734350SuperJew613Member
my friend’s brother is named Elyasaf…I think its a stunning name!January 30, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am #734351ItcheSrulikMember
Shticky Guy: Most of those names are ones that sound strange to you simply because you aren’t used to them. Aram might be a problem because his descendents were reshaim. But what’s wrong with names like Chelon, Elyasaf, Charmi, Chur, Yehoshaphat, or Mishael?
PS I can tell you exactly who all of those were without google or a Tanach in front of me.
PPS I once knew an Elyasaf.January 30, 2011 1:44 am at 1:44 am #734352oomisParticipant
Why are names such as Gimpel, Getzel, Zerach (Zoorach), Shlumiel for boys and Shprintza, Dvosha for girls so rare? “
Seriously????January 30, 2011 4:00 am at 4:00 am #734353
shticky guy; The first set of names (Mentioned in Sefer B’reshis) are not specific Jewish names, and therefore, it’s natural that most of them should not be used. But, the children of the Sh’vatim were named for specific events in their life. Also, most names that were popular in Tanaaic and Amoraic times are not in use today. Maybe that is why they sound strange to us. But, the question remains why they fell out of popularity. Also, the Tana R. Meir could learn the character of a person through his name. As is recounted in the Talmud.January 30, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am #734354
Why are some names very popular while others are not.
Take the Shevatim for example. Some of the most common names around today are shimon, levi, yehuda, naftali, asher, yosef and binyamin.
But how many people that you know are called zevulun, dan or gad? Far less if any, isnt it. Whats the reason for this?
Would anyone consider calling their son yishmael??
Why do I ask? Cos there was an amora called reb yishmael ben elisha (as brought in the gemara of avraham fried’s song Tanya omar reb yishmael ben elisha).
Why did elisha choose the name yishmael for his son? And why does nobody call their son yishmael after the heiliger amora reb yishmael?January 30, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm #734355morah reynaMember
My neighbor is named Mishael. I think it’s a great name. Why don’t we hear of MORE Daniels or Ezras or Zecharyas?January 30, 2011 1:57 pm at 1:57 pm #734356
there was an amora called reb yishmael ben elisha
tannaJanuary 30, 2011 2:22 pm at 2:22 pm #734357
He asked three questions.
3) Why did a Jewish mother name her son Yishmael?January 30, 2011 2:42 pm at 2:42 pm #734358Ken ZaynMember
… the children of the shevatim were named for specific events in their life
So were the Avos and shevatim themselves all named after specific events yet we use their names regularly. Yitzchok because of metzachek, yakov cos he was holding on eisav’s heel, and the shevatim’s names are all explained in the pesukim. I dont know what makes some names popular while others arent.January 30, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm #734359HaLeiViParticipant
Most of the names Metro mentioned went out of service because they became embarrassing. They became embarrassing because people used them mockingly.
While I can agree that Elyasaf and Yehoshafat are very nice names, none of my grandparents had such a name.January 31, 2011 1:52 am at 1:52 am #734360koillel101Member
names from the avos and imahos are much more common than “yiddishe” names(eg. leiby,gitty,faigy,hershy..) because they are given by all sects of yidden.January 31, 2011 6:01 am at 6:01 am #734361Ken ZaynMember
Daas yochid thanx tons for that dvar torah it was very very beautiful and explained why reb yishmael’s mother was happy to call her son yishmael. It doesnt explain why nobody else does!
What I also found amazing was that you said he gave that dvar torah cos there was no sefer available only a siddur; as if reb yonasan eibeshutz who knew shas & poskim by heart needed a sefer to look in! He was just such an anav!January 31, 2011 6:42 am at 6:42 am #734362
Actually, I abbreviated the story; as I originally heard it, the prospective shver said he would farher him by having R’ Yonoson say a shtickel torah on a random page opened in a random sefer, and the inn where they met had only a siddur.January 31, 2011 2:32 pm at 2:32 pm #734363SJSinNYCMember
I know a Zevulun. My son’s middle name is Dan.
I know a few Elyasaf’s, Elyashivs and one Yochai.
I recommend not giving your child a popular name. My sister’s name is Chani and she was one of 9 in her class. 9! Made it hard and confusing especially because most were really good friends.January 31, 2011 4:53 pm at 4:53 pm #734364Jack DanielsMember
my father has a friend that was born in the zechus of reb shimon bar yochai,the problem was their last name was shimon so they called their son bar yochai-shimon.January 31, 2011 6:04 pm at 6:04 pm #734365✡onegoal™Participant
Well in lubavitch circles: Boys are Mendy,Mendel,and Menachem. Girls are Chaya,Mooshkie,and Mooshka. In Satmer circles: boys are Yoel,and Yoily.January 31, 2011 6:08 pm at 6:08 pm #734366✡onegoal™Participant
In my class of 10, 7 had names that start with “Y”. I was one of the 3 that didn’t.
^MONIS^January 31, 2011 7:02 pm at 7:02 pm #734367
” But how many people that you know are called zevulun, dan or gad? Far less if any, isnt it… “
SJSinNYC: I know a Zevulun. My son’s middle name is Dan.
I know a zevulun also, and have 2 cousins called Dan (not Daniel). I just said its far less common than the other shevatim for some as yet unexplained reason.February 1, 2011 5:20 am at 5:20 am #734368Boro Park GirlMember
I had six Rochels in my elementary class as a girl and seven malkys in my hs class. Boy was that confusing!! good thing some had nicknames like rachelli,ruchi,rochi or malkala…February 1, 2011 8:31 am at 8:31 am #734369
Absolutely true story: My cousin began teaching in Satmar boys school and on her 1st day she said Yoeli please stand up. 11 boys stood up!!!February 1, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am #734371amichaiParticipant
dont they call boys by their last name in certain grammer schools? in israel they do ,probably for that reason, (religious schools) so 11 yoieli’s do not stand up at the same time.February 1, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm #734372
Re yishmael, of course reb yishmael was a tanna not amora, silly me. He actually wasnt the only tanna with that name either. And the longest serving kohen gadol who held his position for 80 years and went lifnai v’lifnim into the kodesh hakadashim 80 times on yom kippur was reb yishmael kohen gadol.
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