August 2, 2010 8:57 pm at 8:57 pm #740940minyan galMember
Many years ago I had a gentile neighbor who had a child that was a bit of a problem. At that time, kindergarten in public school was only a half day program, so she decided to send her son to a Hebrew day school for another half day program in order to occupy his entire day. Shortly after he started Hebrew school she phoned me to say that her son needed to have a Hebrew name and could I suggest one. Well….his given name was Christian, so after a few minutes thought, I told her to tell the teacher that his name was Kalman. And he was know as Kalman at that school for the entire year.August 2, 2010 9:05 pm at 9:05 pm #740941
My first name is very uncommon. It’s the same as Atilla the Hun’s middle name.
The WolfAugust 2, 2010 9:58 pm at 9:58 pm #740942smartcookieMember
Minyan gal- just wondering why you chose Kalman?August 2, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm #740943
im guessing because it sound somewhat similar (begins with k sound, ends in n sound and is 2 syllables) besides it’s a nice name.August 2, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm #740944
“My first name is very uncommon. It’s the same as Atilla the Hun’s middle name.”
I have to agree. The is a very unusual first name 🙂August 2, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm #740945
i dont think atilla capitalizes his name.August 3, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am #740946LAerMember
and I think it’s spelled Attila.August 3, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am #740947chanieMember
I have always felt that Jewish people should retain their Jewish names as their english name as well. When I became engaged years ago, I asked my parents if I could change my English name from Hannah to Chanie. They said yes, so after an eight month process, I was proud to see my hebrew name on all my legal documents.August 3, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am #740948sof davar hakol nishmaMember
sorry if i repetitive, i didn’t read the whole thread
but uncommon names i’ve heard:
Girl – Eynat, Zlaty
Boys – Gud
Names people resent having: Shprintzy/Yenty/genendalAugust 3, 2010 2:01 am at 2:01 am #740949minyan galMember
Moderator 80: You are very intuitive. That is exactly why I chose Kalman. I also used to have a friend by that name who happens to be a lovely person, so it was the first name that came to mind that had a similar sound. Efshar, you should become a detective??August 3, 2010 3:09 pm at 3:09 pm #740950Sister BearMember
I heard this family had so many people to name their kid(s?) after that for their legal names the kid was named, (I don’t know if it’s the exact name but something like this) Reuven Eliezer and then at his bris it was Menacham Chaim (again I don’t know the exact names).August 3, 2010 3:22 pm at 3:22 pm #740951justsmile613Participant
nymom- Jose could be Jose like the spanish But there is also Jose (pronounced JO-SEE) and it a Swiss/German name)August 3, 2010 4:58 pm at 4:58 pm #740952Ben SimpletonParticipant
I’m changing my Government name to be as non-Jewish as possible. Don’t need any attention from anti-semites working for the government. I’m doing this after the past two previous generations of family having a lot of special attention from anti-semites.
I am also making aliyah.August 3, 2010 5:03 pm at 5:03 pm #740953
I’m confused. Do you expect to be the victim of governmental antisemitism when you get to Israel?
The WolfAugust 3, 2010 7:06 pm at 7:06 pm #740954LAerMember
I haven’t read through all the posts, but I think Sinai is a pretty unusual one. My friend named her son Sinai, after her grandfather.August 3, 2010 7:45 pm at 7:45 pm #740955
Has anyone ever met an Ashi, Chiya or Chisda?August 3, 2010 7:57 pm at 7:57 pm #740956
Ive met an Ashi-thats not so uncommon.August 3, 2010 7:59 pm at 7:59 pm #740957shtusimParticipant
I have a secular Israeli friend who named his twins ELDAD & MEIDAD.
He was proud to have chosen names from TANACH!!!August 3, 2010 8:19 pm at 8:19 pm #740958
shtusim-talking about tanach, if you look at the shevatim’s names they are pretty popular though I don’t hear of that many Yissachar’s, and Zevulun’s.August 3, 2010 8:32 pm at 8:32 pm #740959Ben SimpletonParticipant
Wolf, no I mean my current Government not Israel.
They could be nice today. Tomorrow, don’t want to know.
Anyway the Mossad is hiring!August 3, 2010 8:34 pm at 8:34 pm #740960chanieMember
My husband had a friend Chiya who lived in Philadelphia, who came here to learn in a Bais Medrash in Brooklyn.August 3, 2010 8:39 pm at 8:39 pm #740961
There are many Yisachars. Think Rabbi Frand. Belzer Rebbe. Only few Zevulins. Anyone know of a Zanvil?August 3, 2010 8:49 pm at 8:49 pm #740962
You are right- I even know of a Yissachar:) I guess i just forgot.August 3, 2010 8:51 pm at 8:51 pm #740963
However there is only 1 blinky:)August 3, 2010 8:52 pm at 8:52 pm #740964shtusimParticipant
Blinky – Eldad and Meidad were BAD GUYS!
Emesvyatziv – The Ribnitzer Rebbe z”l was Chaim Zanvil. There are many people named after him.
What about Chasya for a girl?
i heard there’s a man in Lakewood named CHALAVNA LAPIDOS !August 3, 2010 8:54 pm at 8:54 pm #740965
The Rosh Yeshiva of my Beis Midrash was named Zevulun.
About twenty years ago, I was working in an office and picked up the phone. The person asked for my boss. When I asked his name, he said “Moshiach.” I said, “excuse me, what did you say?” He said “Just tell your boss that Moshiach is calling.”
So I put the caller on hold, walked to my boss’s office and said “I know this is going to sound strange, but Moshiach is on the phone for you.”
It turns out that that was his name.
The WolfAugust 3, 2010 8:54 pm at 8:54 pm #740966
Eldad and Meidad were BAD GUYS!
No, they were nevi’im. Go back and check your chumash again.
The WolfAugust 3, 2010 9:02 pm at 9:02 pm #740967kapustaParticipant
Wolf, lol! The same thing happened to me once. A woman Mrs. Mashiach called for someone, had it not been for the caller ID, I’m not sure I would have believed her.August 4, 2010 2:00 am at 2:00 am #740968
Sinai. I think the Divrei Chaim (the Sanzer) had an einekel named Sinai. I think in the Gorlitz-Zhimgrod line. I’m fairly certain it is a popular name among Bobover chassidim.August 4, 2010 2:09 am at 2:09 am #740969
Rav Berel Wein writes (I think it is in “Vintage Wein”) of a man in Yerushalayim who had just made a bris for a son, after 6 girls. His girls were named, Gila, Rina, Ditza, Chedva, Ahava and Achva. Of course, he named his son Sholom.August 4, 2010 2:37 am at 2:37 am #740970bh18Participant
my son’s name is Elishama. When he was 2 days old, the doctors said he has a condition called Intestinal Atresia. He was prepped for surgery at 3 days old and suddenly the doctors decided to do one more test and found that he actually had long segment Hirschsprung’s Disease. After 2 long and painful surgeries and continuous trips to doctors, specialists and hospitals, he is not trained and is usually in pain. So although he is now sitting in my lap having painful contractions and his skin on his bottom is bloody and blistery and he can not eat most foods, still, Elishama! Hashem hears our tefillos!!!August 4, 2010 5:07 pm at 5:07 pm #740971
Elishama is definitely an inspiring name. Similarly, I know someone who named her daughter Eliana after davening for and delivering a healthy baby (hashem should keep her healthy)after several older children were born with medical issues (the kind that, r’l, are with a person their entire life)August 4, 2010 5:49 pm at 5:49 pm #740972
“Just tell your boss that Moshiach is calling.”
The name Moshiach is not uncommon among Bukharan and Gruzini Jews. I think, however, that I know who this Moshiach is, unless your boss happened to also be Bukharan.
In my old shul in Moscow, we had a Bukharan mekurav whose name is Moshiach and his father’s name is, well, you can guess.
He often got an aliya both because he was a baal tzedoko and for the entertainment value of seeing how people react to Moshiach ben Dovid getting an aliya in a Chabad shul!August 4, 2010 5:50 pm at 5:50 pm #740973
Bear as a female name is very uncommon, both in the real world and online :)))))))!August 4, 2010 5:53 pm at 5:53 pm #740974
Correct re the Divrei Chaim. The father of Ari Halberstam HYD is Chananya Sinai Dovid (CheSeD) Halberstam and he is indeed a Sanzer einikel as his surname would suggest.August 4, 2010 6:29 pm at 6:29 pm #740975
“Bear as a female name is very uncommon, both in the real world and online :)))))))!”
Its not so uncommon- why I already know of 2 ppl with the name “Bear” lol.August 4, 2010 6:59 pm at 6:59 pm #740976
But do you know of a female DovBer? And most online bears are male :)!August 4, 2010 7:16 pm at 7:16 pm #740977
nope! But you really know a female with that name?August 4, 2010 7:29 pm at 7:29 pm #740978Sister BearMember
Bear as a female name is very uncommon, both in the real world and online :)))))))!
lol well I like to be different 🙂 What would you call a female bear in Hebrew? Is there even a real name (that people have for it)? 😉August 4, 2010 8:10 pm at 8:10 pm #740979
Feminine of dov as the animal is duba. No one is named that but it was an old nickname for a chubby little girl LOL. I do not know if the Yiddish Doba is a version of Tova (plausible) or made up to commemorate a man whose name was Dov.August 4, 2010 8:20 pm at 8:20 pm #740980
bsd very funny Wolf. Your first name is the??/
Incidentally Kalman, written with some mark or another in Ingarisch, is a not uncommon non-Jewish Hungarian first name, though I think it was used more 2 generations ago. I don’t know what it means in Hungarian or if there is any connection to unzerer Kalman, which is a contraction of the Greek Kalonymus (hence Kloynimus Kalman) and that in turn is Greek for Shem-tov.August 4, 2010 8:26 pm at 8:26 pm #740981
very funny Wolf. Your first name is the??
The WolfAugust 4, 2010 8:38 pm at 8:38 pm #740982
my first name is mo, short for morris
i used to like cars and as a kid i would frequently rate them, this one is a five, this one is a seven, etc.
the kids used to call me: ” mo, de rater
80 is my surnameAugust 4, 2010 8:40 pm at 8:40 pm #740983
Eeees and I have a close relative whom we sometimes call “Mo.” She was a pre-school teacher (a Morah) at one time and the shortened version of it stuck.
The WolfAugust 4, 2010 8:40 pm at 8:40 pm #740984
i wonder if we’re relatedAugust 4, 2010 8:41 pm at 8:41 pm #740985
interesting 80 cuz i have sensitive eyes and everytime i see a key i would blink-thus blinkyAugust 4, 2010 8:41 pm at 8:41 pm #740986
i wonder if we’re related
Don’t curse yourself in such a manner.
The WolfAugust 4, 2010 8:42 pm at 8:42 pm #740987
a curse?, CvS!August 4, 2010 8:56 pm at 8:56 pm #740988
a curse?, CvS!
Being related to me may well be one of the worst curses ever inflicted upon any human being. Trust me, you don’t want to be related to me any closer than you have to be.
The WolfAugust 4, 2010 9:01 pm at 9:01 pm #740989
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