Hebrew Name Meanings

Hebrew Name Meanings DictionaryBecause most of us come from “religious” backgrounds, no matter where we grew up, many of our names have Hebrew roots. After all, most of today’s major religions are Abrahamic, i. e. major Hebrew influence!

If you would like to have your name meaning, or if you are struggling to find a Hebrew-based name for your newly-born and you want to be sure about the meaning, just drop me a comment and I will try to do the job for you. Needless to say, for free!

Update: I have come across this all-cheerful book that teaches you how to name your baby the Jewish way that is still modern! I do not have children myself, but going through that book was very exciting. If you are going to have a baby soon or just want to read more about Hebrew and Jewish names, you will probably love it. It doesn’t stop with famous names like Aaron and Gershon, it goes way beyond that. Check it out here. In case you already have that book, please do give me your opinion about it. I really like it.

However, here are some common Hebrew names and their meanings to start with:

Top 10 Male Hebrew Name Meanings:

  • Aaron: High mountain or Enlightened.
  • Adam: Mankind or Man.
  • Benjamin: Son of my Right (Hand).
  • Chaim: Life.
  • Daniel: God is my Judge.
  • David: Beloved.
  • Eleazar: God Helped.
  • Emanuel: God is With Us.
  • Gershom: A Sojourner / Stranger There.
  • Gelead: Hebrew (Biblical) Memorial Site.

Top 10 Female Hebrew Name Meanings:

  • Hila: Halo.
  • Isha: Woman.
  • Jacoba: Supplant.
  • Jenis: The Beginning.
  • Jessica: Wealthy.
  • Johnda: God is Gracious.
  • Judy: From Judah.
  • Kenya: Animal Horn.
  • Kochava: Star.
  • Livana: Lunar.

If you have a name that you want to translate, do not hesitate to leave it in a comment, and I will try my best to translate it for you in Hebrew.

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13 thoughts on “Hebrew Name Meanings”

    1. Hey Cindy, let me know what name you want to translate and I will do my best. If I can’t answer your question myself, I will ask one of my Hebrew professors.

      Cheers

  1. My hebrew name is Tomer Yonatan. My understanding is this basically means Palm Tree (or Tall) and Yahweh has given. As someone who converted, I got to pick my own name. I choose these to honor my grandfathers (who were Thomas and John), while still being a reasonable Hebrew name.

  2. Hello!

    If possible, I’d like to have my name translated. I was told it was American Indian, but also found out its a very common Japanese name. Please translate “Satomi”. I’ll look forward to the translation!! You can email me at: **********

  3. Hi Adam: I would be so honoured if you could translate my name to Hebrew. If you could inbox to my email address I would really appreciate it. I would love to see the Hebrew lettering. My full name is *******. Again, thank you!

  4. Hello, I have a Hebrew question. My wife and I are thinking of naming our child “Kiva.” (maybe spelled עֲקִיבָ )? We see on several US baby name sites that the name means “Protected” in Hebrew. However, I was trying to confirm what the meaning is. Would you be able to help me look up this name in a online Hebrew dictionary? I was hoping to get a fuller meaning of the word as well as some information on its origins. Thank you!

    1. Hey Ryan,

      I am not an expert on names, but here is what I think…

      The only Hebrew name that I know which sounds to me like that would be Akiva עֲקִיבָא which is usually a boy’s name.
      Check this out : http://www.morfix.co.il/%D7%A2%D6%B2%D7%A7%D6%B4%D7%99%D7%91%D6%B8%D7%90

      It is also a name of a Zionist youth movement referred to as תנועת עקיבא (tnu’at akiva / akiva movement).
      http://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A2%D7%A7%D7%99%D7%91%D7%90_%28%D7%AA%D7%A0%D7%95%D7%A2%D7%AA_%D7%A0%D7%95%D7%A2%D7%A8%29

      Don’t take my words for it, I will try to ask one of my professors soon as the new semester begins and will mail you what he/she thinks.

      Congrats for the baby.

  5. I stand corrected! I thghout for sure your Hebrew name would be Yonatan.I’m named for my grandfather. Who was Moyshe. He mostly went by Misha or Morris, though. Until he became a radio announcer in the 40s, when he legally changed his name to Gilbert Morris.I guess Miriam is close enough to Moyshe for me to be named after him (biblical siblings), mostly because my parents refused my grandmother’s request to name me Morissa.

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