April 5, 2012 4:58 pm at 4:58 pm #602822lovebeingjewishParticipant
anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?April 5, 2012 5:24 pm at 5:24 pm #866582writersoulParticipant
Whatever you want, really. They’re not really going to be associated together.
I know someone whose English name is Madeline and her Hebrew name is Nechama. Her mom just liked the name Madeline.April 5, 2012 5:34 pm at 5:34 pm #866583sheinMember
Samuel.April 5, 2012 5:55 pm at 5:55 pm #866584A Sheep without a SpleenMember
Samson Simpson Sylvester severus simon samaelApril 5, 2012 6:17 pm at 6:17 pm #866585TheGoqParticipant
Abdullah.April 5, 2012 6:22 pm at 6:22 pm #866586AinOhdMilvadoParticipant
How about Seymour or Sherman?
But WHY do you need an English name?
What’s wrong with Shmuel? (Shmuli, Shmulik)April 5, 2012 6:23 pm at 6:23 pm #866587sam4321Participant
SteveApril 5, 2012 6:52 pm at 6:52 pm #866588akupermaParticipant
The modern English equivalent is “Samuel” which is a common English name. “Sam” is a common abbreviation. The name is found in their translations of Taanach so it isn’t “strange” sounding to them.
Names such as Sherman and Seymour or Sigfried are non-Jewish names with different meanings that are adopted in order to obscure your Jewishness. The different meanings can be a problem (“Sherman” is actually a family name that is popular in America since it was the name of a great general who liberated much of the south during the civil war – making him a hero to northern whites and southern blacks, but not to many southern whites who didn’t quite see it the same way). Shmuel is slightly problematic for English speakers since the initial consonant combination is unknown in English, as is the vowels combination in the end.
Of course one can always use the Jewish name “Shmuel” on official documents, and use “Sam” as a nickname when going among the goyim.April 5, 2012 7:31 pm at 7:31 pm #866589
Shawn/SeanApril 5, 2012 7:53 pm at 7:53 pm #866590Think firstMember
Sean pronounced shawnApril 5, 2012 7:57 pm at 7:57 pm #866591apushatayidParticipant
ShamuApril 5, 2012 8:54 pm at 8:54 pm #866592AinOhdMilvadoParticipant
Your “Shamu” is definitely the winning name!!!
Especially if Shmuel is going to dress in yeshivish black and white!!! 🙂April 6, 2012 3:51 am at 3:51 am #866593ToiParticipant
killer masmid.April 6, 2012 3:59 am at 3:59 am #866594HealthParticipant
lovebeingjewish – I know s/o named Shmuel & is called Shmuelie & his english name is Stuart or Stewart.April 6, 2012 3:14 pm at 3:14 pm #866595squeakParticipant
Harry.April 6, 2012 4:31 pm at 4:31 pm #866596oomisParticipant
Steve is the most common secular name that I know of for Shmuel (after Samuel, of course). Also, you could consider Scott, Sanford, Sheldon (though most Sheldon’s are Sholom or Shlomo), Shepard, etc. Personally, I love the name Shmuel. I never gave my kids secular names (hard for one of my kids who has a CH in the name), but I understand why some people prefer to have a secular legal name on the birth certificate.April 6, 2012 4:39 pm at 4:39 pm #866597
If you live in Ireland or Scotland; Seamus (though it really means Yaakov).April 6, 2012 4:44 pm at 4:44 pm #866598ItcheSrulikMember
Call him Suleiman, it’s the best of both worlds. You can sound Muslim and illiterate!April 6, 2012 7:38 pm at 7:38 pm #866599147Participant
Both Shmuel & Shlomo are incorrect; Both names have a vocal Sheva, so as lovebeing jewish correctly said, the correct name is Shemuel, and for that matter, shelomo.April 6, 2012 9:02 pm at 9:02 pm #866600oomisParticipant
Both Shmuel & Shlomo are incorrect; Both names have a vocal Sheva, so as lovebeing jewish correctly said, the correct name is Shemuel, and for that matter, shelomo”
Or – Shimuel and Shilomo. There is no sergol(segol?) in a sh’va sound.April 6, 2012 9:05 pm at 9:05 pm #866601
Ha! QED. That’s what you get for nitpicking, 147. Nice one oomis. 🙂April 6, 2012 9:08 pm at 9:08 pm #866602April 9, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am #866603nfgo3Member
Roger.April 9, 2012 7:54 am at 7:54 am #866604YW Moderator-42Moderator
Just call him Joseph 🙂
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