Ashkenazi Jews often name their children after a departed relative, while Sephardic Jews sometimes name their children in honor of living relatives. In case the baby is being named after someone who died at a young age or under tragic circumstances, an additional name is also given. This name can refer to ‘life’ or ‘healing’, or be the name of someone who lived a full and blessed life.
Below you will find a list of biblical names with their Hebrew version, and a summary of the essence of the person’s character.
- Abraham (Avraham) – First Jew and father of the Jewish nation, considered a leader and a trail blazer
- Isaac (Yitzchak) – Abraham’s son and considered a very spiritual person
- Jacob (Yaakov) – Isaac’s son, considered a strong person (in body and in spirit)
- Joseph (Yosef) – Jacob’s son, considered a leader and a visionary
- Judah (Yehuda) – Jacob’s son, considered a leader and one who can derive strength from his short comings
- Reuben (Reuven) – Jacob’s son, considered loyal
- Levy – Jacob’s son, considered a spiritual leader and teacher
- Moses (Moshe) – Lead the Jews out of Egypt, considered a leader
- Aaron (Aharon) – Moses’ brother, considered a spiritual leader and a pursuer of peace among people
- Saul (Shaul) – First King of Israel, very good looking.
- Jonathon (Yonatan) – Saul’s son, considered remarkably loyal
- David – Second King of Israel, considered a fighter and dedicated to God
- Solomon (Shlomo) – Davis’s son, a man of peace, considered the wisest of all men
- Daniel – A prophet, considered courageous
- Gabriel (Gavriel) – An angel, always there when needed
- Michael (Mi’ch’ael) – An angel, at God’s service
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