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  • #740887
    A600KiloBear
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    Same with Yehudis, the popular Jewish-sounding name, originally of the wife of Eisav!

    BS”D

    I think that it is used now because of Yehudis who did away with Holofernes YMS and possibly was originally used for girls named in memory of a Yehuda.

    I once read that Nimrod became popular due to the “Canaanite” movement of the early secular Zionists. Anat is also the name of a Canaanite Avodah Zarah.

    BS”D

    Yes, Nimrod and names like it came from the extreme left. More obscure names such as Anat became accepted because no one bothered to check the source.

    #740888

    The list of men’s names below was copied from an old siddur.

    Women’s names, Yiddish names and Sefardic names weren’t on the list.

    This may help when considering how common a name is.

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    #740889
    altermirrer
    Participant

    least common names male:biblical and currently heard ADAM KIHOS ZEVULUN MALKIEL KOLEV nachshon OTHER NAMES OF MOISHE RABBEINU AVIGDOR YEKUSIEL. [ AMRAM WAS THE NAME OF THE GREAT HUNGARIAN RABBI AMRAM BLUM AUTHOR OF BAIS SHEARIM.]Next era of names ;matanya siroyah yerachmiel the most uncommon name yehvee. for women most uncommon biblical osnat hadas [not hadasah] Masha is a name given for someone who wanted to give the name moshe but had a girl.shprintza originates from thespanish name espiratze which means spirit

    Please don’t post the same thing more than once. – 77

    #740892
    jphone
    Member

    Yingle. Pretty popular boys name where I live. In fact, almost every boy in shul is named Yingle. The ones not named yingle, are named Tzadik.

    #740893
    A600KiloBear
    Participant

    BS”D

    And if you find eighty boys named tzaddik, are they pay tzaddikim? Sure hope not…

    Seriously, Tzaddik is a first name used among Greek Jews (Romaniotes or Sefardim, not sure which).

    #740894
    jphone
    Member

    I must live in a Greek neighborhood, then. 🙂

    #740895
    mraven
    Member

    chavakuk, yehoshafat, tzefaniah, kalev, benshiva (sorry i had to give a response to battzion), avidan, eldad, meidad, neriah, sroya,boaz, mephiboshes,kilav, amram, gamliel, betzalel, uziel, dor, kasriel, yiftach, and osniel…all boys names!

    #740896
    smartcookie
    Member

    HELLO99:

    Are you sure that shrintze means spring? I’ve never heard of that one and I’m pretty ok with yiddish.

    #740897
    plaid
    Member

    Rivka for a man

    #740898
    haifagirl
    Participant

    I’ve known a few Betzalels. No Sroya, but a few Sroyohus (they’re all related).

    #740899
    Jothar
    Member

    I knew a Sroyah. I know 2 Neryas. Both are obscure nevi’im in Tanach.

    I know of a lot of little girls called “sheifeleh”. It’s short for “mechasheifelah”… 🙂

    #740900
    LAer
    Member

    Jothar – no joke – I know a girl (not a young one either, but already married!) named Mamala. And yes, that’s her real name.

    #740901
    Yanky55
    Member

    Speaking of names….

    Anyone know the names of Yisro’s seven daughters?

    #740902
    Yanky55
    Member

    OKay here it is:

    U’lekohain midyan sheva banos:

    Va’tavona

    Va’tidlenah

    Va’timalenah

    Es-horhotim

    Le’hashkos

    Tzon

    Avihen

    #740903
    NY Mom
    Member

    I think “Abba” is an uncommon name for a man. I only know one man named Abba. (Although, I know plenty called that by their own children. 😉 )

    #740904
    A600KiloBear
    Participant

    BS”D

    Abba was given as a segula for a long life. Most people I know who are named that have it as a second name (Dov Abba, Moshe Abba etc).

    #740905
    shtarkbocher
    Member

    boaz

    yoav

    #740906
    ayz
    Participant

    This is true! (I just don’t remember which video)

    In a talk by Amnon Yitzchak, he was asked by a participent to give a bracha to her son.

    He asked for the name and it was, to the amusement of all present,

    Pessach ben …

    Shushan Purim !!!

    #740907

    Smadar & Chefzibah: Classmates

    Yishai: Two friends married two Yishais

    Machlah: Lives right here in town

    Osnat: My niece

    Deuel (one of the nesiim): Friend’s son

    Matthew (Matisyahu): my nephew

    Genendel: Daughter’s friend’s sister

    Emanuel: Co-worker

    Yachet: Relative’s middle name

    #740908
    LiLIsraeli
    Member

    Miriam Adahan once mentioned that she heard of a girl named “Achi.” She figured it must be short for Achinoam (mostly used by Sephardim in Israel), but asked anyway.

    Turns out – her name was short for Achzavah (disappointment)!! Her parents had wanted a boy…

    #740909

    Shprintza is the Yiddish word for the season Spring.

    Do you mean shprinzin for spring?

    In any case I think friling is more common for spring in Yiddish.

    When all else fails, look it up! I just did. There are two words for Spring (the season): friling and vesne.

    There are three words for spring (the kind in your pen for example): sprenzhine, sprunzhine, and spruzhine. (I don’t speak Yiddish, but since they are so similar, I’m guessing the difference is regional.)

    There is also spring (source): kval, and spring (awaken etc.): oyfkumen.

    #740910

    More stuff I discovered: According to a web site about names, Shprintza is “possibly” from Esperanza which means “hope” (as Bear said) and Esperanza comes from the late Latin Sperantia.

    I can easily imagine Sperantia turning into Shprintza. Interestingly, Shpresa is an Albanian name meaning hope.

    #740911
    mom12
    Participant

    this is exactly what i said in the beginning-

    before i knew this, shprinze was not the kind of name I would name my daughter!

    but now with this meaning maybe I would think about it…

    so far I dont know of a babbe Shprinze,…

    #740912
    A600KiloBear
    Participant

    BS”D

    LOL I should have realized that Shprintza sounded like the word for a mechanical spring, which would come directly from shpring, meaning jump. Vesne is pure Russian.

    Anyway, a rather off center BT I know named his twin son Sdom and his sister Amorah.

    #740913
    NY Mom
    Member

    What about the name Yissachor? Not that common.

    #740914
    david_inuk
    Member

    I bet nobody has mentioned the name Brachye………………………..

    #740915

    NY Mom

    Member

    One uncommon girl’s name: Yiska.

    This was another name for Sara Imeinu.

    I only know one girl with that name.


    Do we know the same girl? She grew up somewhere “very out of town” (I don’t know where she lives now)

    #740916
    NY Mom
    Member

    RaisedEyebrow: Not the same person.

    Another uncommon name: Volf

    I was just reminded of this when I read one of WolfishMusing’s posts. I only know one person who has this name and it is a middle name.

    #740917
    plaid
    Member

    I also know someone named Yiska – it’s not THAT uncommon…

    #740918
    nfp4u
    Member

    how about Avichai, like teh wonderful rebbi in Phoenix Hebrew Academy.

    #740919
    just looking
    Participant

    ryna

    shlomtze

    alter

    #740920
    chofetzchaim
    Member

    The name Alter is becoming more popular in my circles as many people are naming their sons after the Rosh Yeshiva ZTL, Alter Chanoch Henach. Most people call the kids Henach or Chanoch, I have not heard of anyone yet who calls his kid Alter.

    #740921
    NY Mom
    Member

    Isn’t Alter a boy’s name, as well as a girl’s name? I know of a girls called Altie.

    #740922
    oomis
    Participant

    Alter for boys, Altah for girls.

    #740923

    I know someone who had six girls and he named them

    Gila

    Rina

    Ditzah

    Chedva

    Ahava

    Achvah

    Nathalie- I know someone who named her daughter for Nes Ali- Natalie as she had a difficult birth…

    #740924
    the.nurse
    Member

    I knew a girl named Emunah. Though it’s not a common name, I think it’s a rather pretty name.

    #740926
    jewish girl
    Member

    selina meyrav gila anael maria there are loads

    #740927
    anon for this
    Participant

    jewish girl, I never thought of Maria as a frum name, or even a Jewish one.

    I did know someone named Yovila though.

    #740928
    bein_hasdorim
    Participant

    Sedomah, I can’t believe some people name their girls Isabel

    even though in english it sounds like a nice name,

    though the name comes from Izebel the Rashanis. see below..

    Jezebel in the 1st Book of Kings, Phoenician princess, wife of King Ahab, mother of Ahaziah, Jehoram, & Athaliah.

    She encouraged worship of Baal, including the worship of

    Asherah or Asheroth & persecuted the prophets of her day.

    Jezebel was the bitter foe of Elijah Elijah Elijah’s prophecy of Jezebel’s doom was fulfilled when Jehu triumphed over the house of Ahab. In Revelation, her name is applied to a false prophetess of Thyatira. “A Jezebel in common usage is a wicked woman.”

    #740929
    fabie
    Member

    My granddaughter Chagit

    #740930
    koma
    Member

    In EY, any positive character in Tanach is fair game among the RZ. Among the secular and not so secular is an alarming trend to de-gender names. I came across a couple Ro’i and Maan. Guess which was which? Tal, Shemesh Tzohar, Gal, Gil, Noam and it conjugates can be either a she or a he. And the best Jewish name I ever came across was Seboriah, belonging to my very goyish ( from the Islands) body shop guy. He had no idea and really enjoyed my interpretation.

    #740931
    anon for this
    Participant

    bein_hasdorim, what’s your source for asserting that the name Isabel (and variants) is derived from Jezebel? As you noted, Jezebel has become a widely used (across many cultures) metaphor for a wicked woman. Yet Isabella was the name of several Christian queens, including Isabelle of Castille. And according to the Social Security Administration, Isabella was the most popular name for baby girls this year in the US. It’s unlikely that Isabella would be used througout history, and so popular today, if it were derived from Jezebel.

    I’ve seen multiple explanations for the origin of Isabel, but none that cite Jezebel.

    #740932

    I’ve known of probably the most odd name I’ve ever come across in my life. Way back when maybe 20 years ago when I was 6 years old approximately give or take, I used to be friends with this g’uy that lived around the corner from me his name was Melech Gibor. Who in the world names their kid mighty king? Honestly!?!?!?!

    #740933
    Sister Bear
    Member

    I heard of a girl named Berel.

    #740934
    apushatayid
    Participant

    I know this is mostly about 1st names but, for an uncommon frum last name, I would have to say its McLeod. I dormed in yeshiva with a bachur who had this last name.

    #740935
    msseeker
    Member

    Mod, what’s the name of the website for names? Thanks.

    #740936
    smartcookie
    Member

    Sister BearMember: I heard of a girl named Berel.

    Sister bear/berel….any relation?

    #740937
    blinky
    Participant

    I read through the thread and im pretty sure “slava” wasn’t mentioned-i think its not so common although i’ve heard of a few of them. Also Simcha as a girl.

    #740938
    Sister Bear
    Member

    Gosh smartcookie no it’s not me if that’s what your implying.

    Otherwise, I don’t know what you’re trying to say, sorry. 🙂

    #740939
    apushatayid
    Participant

    Simcha (for girls) is a pretty popular name among Sephardim. I dont know a lot of Sephardi women, and I know of 3 Simchas.

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