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August 4, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm #740990Yanky55Participant
I cannot understand why frum people feel the need to give their children English names in America today. There are so many beautiful Hebrew names. People of other nationalities are not embarassed to use THEIR names; we certainly should not be.August 5, 2010 3:56 am at 3:56 am #740991rockymountainsMember
to bh18,if you would like to post your sons full name I(and I’m sure many others) will daven for him.August 5, 2010 6:11 am at 6:11 am #740992holtzichfestMember
craziest combination of names given to one person i know someone i promise this is true his name is, here it goes! Peleh Yoeitz Ai-l Gibor Avi Ad Sar Sholom this is a posuk in the navi (i think yeshaya) hows that for an uncommon jewish first name(s)August 5, 2010 6:32 am at 6:32 am #740993
Moderator-80, that one is so corny you need to delete it before Pesach so there won’t be any chashash of kitniois on the site during Chol Hamoied!August 5, 2010 7:19 pm at 7:19 pm #740994
Aish Kodesh Gilmore HYD was a Yid who died al kiddush Hashem at the hands of terrorists. His parents said that even Shlomo Carlebach considered Aish Kodesh a very unusual name.
And Carlebach’s own daughter’s name is Neshoma Tehora Sheyarda Leoilam Beerev Shabbos!August 5, 2010 7:36 pm at 7:36 pm #740995noitallmrParticipant
A600KiloBear- so how comes she didn’t write her full name on her CD???!!!
Anyone heard of the name Aviva???August 5, 2010 8:51 pm at 8:51 pm #740996just meParticipant
A600KiloBear, in the Chassidish Grunwald family, there are many boys named Amrom originally after the father of the Arugas Habosem. Now there are Amroms of different generations.August 5, 2010 9:59 pm at 9:59 pm #740997Sister BearMember
Anyone heard of the name Aviva???
Aviva is a very common name where I come from. I know of a bunch of people with that name. Are you saying you never heard of it before???August 5, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm #740998LAerMember
Aviva? Aviva’s not unusual. I know lots of those!August 6, 2010 5:41 am at 5:41 am #740999
BSD Thanks Just Me. The (Rav) Amrom I was thinking of is most probably indeed connected to the Grunwald family and was most probably not named for R’Amrom Bloy ZYA.
notitall – hmmm…maybe because it takes up too much room..August 6, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am #741000noitallmrParticipant
A600KiloBear- yeah that was kinda my point!!!August 8, 2010 5:31 pm at 5:31 pm #741002i love coffeParticipant
ever heard of the name chananyah? i only know of one person with that name.August 9, 2010 1:33 am at 1:33 am #741003bh18Participant
thank you rockymountains for your offer of tefillah
my son’s name is elishama pinchas -n devorah leah
may we know of only yeshuos and refuosAugust 9, 2010 3:47 am at 3:47 am #741004
One time in camp, I met someone named Avrohom!August 9, 2010 2:07 pm at 2:07 pm #741005dunnoMember
torahIs1: No way!!August 9, 2010 2:53 pm at 2:53 pm #741006Sister BearMember
Chananya is uncommon but it’s heard of. I know someone named Chanina by the bris and all people thought his name was Chananya.August 9, 2010 2:59 pm at 2:59 pm #741007WolfishMusingsParticipant
craziest combination of names given to one person i know someone i promise this is true his name is, here it goes! Peleh Yoeitz Ai-l Gibor Avi Ad Sar Sholom this is a posuk in the navi (i think yeshaya) hows that for an uncommon jewish first name(s)
You understand, of course, that in Biblical times, the rationale behind name-giving wasn’t the same as it is now. And that particular case was as different as name giving today as apples are to stellar quasars.
EDITEDOctober 25, 2010 4:40 pm at 4:40 pm #741008amichaiParticipant
shir shalom for a boy. the parents called him shirshy. also recently I met a little one with the name shema yisroel. his parents called him by his full name. this was in eretz yisroel.October 25, 2010 5:13 pm at 5:13 pm #741009
I’d venture a guess you won’t find a frum yid anywhere named mohammed or christina. likely no marias, peters or horatios either.
In my life I’ve met one avinoam, one tzurie-l and one frum harrison.October 25, 2010 6:01 pm at 6:01 pm #741010dunnoMember
Hey, I also know a Harrison!October 25, 2010 6:35 pm at 6:35 pm #741011SJSinNYCMember
I have a Jewish cousin named Peter (grew up Orthodox, no longer is, but his parents were Orthodox). In past generations, Mary/Maria was used.October 25, 2010 6:46 pm at 6:46 pm #741012minyan galMember
My grandmother’s legal name was Mary. I also know a couple of men named John.October 25, 2010 6:51 pm at 6:51 pm #741013
I wonder if they knew the history of the name Mary, or Peter. My “english name” is also a name of one of the apostles. My parents liked the name, but had no idea where it came from. They say, had they known they would never have put it on my birth certificate.October 25, 2010 7:02 pm at 7:02 pm #741014rebdonielMember
Mary and John are no big deal. These are anglicized versions of Miriam and Yochanan. Peter is a Greek version of Shimon.October 25, 2010 7:23 pm at 7:23 pm #741015
My cousin’s name is Peretz.October 25, 2010 7:32 pm at 7:32 pm #741016blinkyParticipant
I also have a cousin Peretz:)October 25, 2010 7:50 pm at 7:50 pm #741017gavra_at_workParticipant
EYTY, or Etai
NYLY, or NiLiOctober 25, 2010 7:51 pm at 7:51 pm #741018
Maybe we are cousins 😉October 25, 2010 7:52 pm at 7:52 pm #741019
Jesus is the anglicized version of the latin Iesous which came from the greek Iesous which comes from the hebrew yeshua. Would you name your kid jesus?October 25, 2010 8:00 pm at 8:00 pm #741020blinkyParticipant
Sacrilege- Maybe:)October 25, 2010 8:19 pm at 8:19 pm #741021Dr. PepperParticipant
I heard that Satmar comes from St. Mary.
Have you heard that?October 25, 2010 8:22 pm at 8:22 pm #741022MiriamMember
The oddest FFB Jewish fellow I know is named Elroy.October 25, 2010 8:25 pm at 8:25 pm #741023MiriamMember
My FFB grandson’s middle name is Dekel. He was born just after we left Gush Katif. Neve Dekelim was one of the Yishuvim.October 25, 2010 9:34 pm at 9:34 pm #741024
Doctor P. Mary. Not a very common name in kiryas yoel, I wonder why.October 25, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm #741025bygirl93Member
Temima- that definetly one name that is rare!i’ve only started hearing it more recently!October 26, 2010 4:04 pm at 4:04 pm #741026blueberrymuffinParticipant
How ’bout Risha for a name? There’s a little girl around the block who’s name is Rishie!(and that’s her real name- no nickname!)
On the same note, my youngest sister was supposed to be named Dubrish(!) but the name was vetoed!I wonder why…October 26, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm #741027
How about Kendall for a girl?October 26, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm #741028oomisParticipant
I heard the Satmar derived from St. Mary idea.
Peretz is not so common, but not unheardof. Ditto, Chananya.October 26, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm #741029
I have an old aunt (I always thought she might be hungarian, but never asked – she’s married to my uncle, a purebred litvak – like he used to say, guys couldnt be picky in the 20’s, now they have lists as long as their arm) whose name is Rasha (the “a” is pronounced like the “o” in cot).October 27, 2010 4:45 am at 4:45 am #741030HomeownerMember
apushatayid, only if he were born in Mexico. 🙂 (Sorry, old joke, couldn’t resist.)February 14, 2011 8:49 pm at 8:49 pm #741032600 Kilo BearMember
1) Peter is not Shimon. Peter means a rock – cf petroleum – oil from a rock.
2) Satmar = Satu Mare = Big Village. Any word for saint in any Latin language, or even Hungarian, has an N in it. The Satmar = S Mary was an old error that even some Satmarer Chassidim perpetrated by mistake (probably because they spoke Yiddish and not Romanian).
3) Risha is very common. I know 2 Risha’s, each one from a very different geographic origin. One is named for her great-grandmother who was from Belarus or Ukraine; the other one is from a Hungarian family.
4) The one Rasha I know is also of former Soviet – Pale of Settlement origin. She was born in EY and I think she pronounces it in a way that would be very embarrassing if she were Sefardi.February 14, 2011 9:36 pm at 9:36 pm #741033guy-ochoMember
oomis1105 most of the names you posted although not common in the diaspora, are very common typical names by many Israelis. to add my two-cents to the pot, my favorites atypical names are: Kasriel, yehonadav, aminadav, Kavod, Kapel, hagadol,and getzel.(sadly this last one isn’t as uncommon as it should be) sorry, no offense.February 14, 2011 9:50 pm at 9:50 pm #741034
“craziest combination of names given to one person i know someone i promise this is true his name is, here it goes! Peleh Yoeitz Ai-l Gibor Avi Ad Sar Sholom this is a posuk in the navi (i think yeshaya)”
The xtians already co-opted this name for their savior. they call him all these adjectives in their scripture, sometimes individually and sometimes collectively. “Isiah 9-5/6” (9:6/7 depending on the version of the bible they are using) is one of the most common phrases you will hear from a missionary. The passuk is a reference to Chizkiya.February 14, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm #741035always hereParticipant
I didn’t realize some think ‘Peretz’ is uncommon… it’s my son’s middle name & also that of a family friend in the neighborhood.February 14, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm #741036Sender AvMember
I did not know the Jetsons were Jewish. I mean the Flintstones, ok, but the Jetsons?February 14, 2011 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm #741037Sender AvMember
I was also taught that Yushka is really derived from Yemach Shemo…, so that no one would remember his real name.February 15, 2011 1:21 am at 1:21 am #741038winny1Participant
mishaelFebruary 15, 2011 7:28 am at 7:28 am #741039haifagirlParticipant
Feminine of dov as the animal is duba. No one is named that
I used to have a roommate named Dubba. And I have heard of others.
What about Chasya for a girl?
I know one of those, too.
Anyone heard of the name Aviva???
I know several, including a cousin of mine.
My cousin’s name is Peretz.
I’ve known at least two.
The oddest FFB Jewish fellow I know is named Elroy.
This summer I had an FFB student whose name was Elroee.
What about Rayla? My great-aunt (whom I never met) was Rayla. Every Rayla I’ve ever met, or heard of, was related to me. Until yesterday. I spoke to a Rayla on the phone. Her parents named her for a Rochel Leah but didn’t want to give her that name.February 15, 2011 7:39 am at 7:39 am #741040haifagirlParticipant
This past summer I had girl students named Tal and Gil. Until recently I had two students named Bar–one a young girl and the other a man.
I have a woman student Nitzan and I recently subbed for another teacher and had a man student Nitzan.
And I work with two women named Hagar!February 15, 2011 3:01 pm at 3:01 pm #741041oomisParticipant
My FFB grandson’s middle name is Dekel”
They named your grandson after a cut of meat???? (JK)
Yushke – Yehoshua-keh (or Yeshua-ke)
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