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While Hebrew as a language is associated with Israel and the Jewish faith, we actually see it cropping up in many baby girl names. For example, you may see many Hebrew girl names in Hispanic or Christian cultures, where there are crossovers between Judaism and Christianity. This means we have a broad smorgasbord of Hebrew names for girls – religious or not!
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You may not be aware that names such as Sarah, Anna, Lea and Naomi all stem from Hebrew roots – though now popularized in Western culture. Of course, that doesn’t mean we should overlook the religious connotations when choosing Hebrew names for girls.
Many Hebrew baby girl names appear in the Bible, for example, Devorah – a nurse featured in Genesis, 35:8. Likewise, Chana appears when giving birth to the prophet Samuel.
Some popular Hebrew girl names have masculine links, such as the father/daughter relationship. We see this with names such as:
But while Hebrew girl names may refer to biological fathers, there are also links to God as a father. For example, Amaris means ‘given by God’, while Isabella means the opposite – ‘pledged to God.’
For those who struggle with spelling or pronunciation, many Hebrew baby girl names are closely linked to Anglicized variants. For example, we have seen Avigail and Abigail above. Some other example of these Hebrew/Western baby name ‘cognates’ include:
Once again, biblical inspiration makes up some of the rarer Jewish girls’ names. In a traditional context, we have names such as Dinah, Kelilah and Susannah. However, if you’re looking for a more modern touch, you might prefer the unisex Zion. Alternatively, Zadie is a derivative of Sarah.
Like many other cultures, Jewish names for girls often center around beauty. For example Bilha is the Jewish version of Bella, known in Italian as ‘beautiful.’ Once again, Hebrew names starting with A fit these themes, with Abigail being referred to as a beautiful biblical character.
We also see examples with Ester, Hadar and Nava. If you’re not sure about spelling, try this comprehensive list of Jewish girl names for beautiful:
You can probably think of many Jewish actors whose names were inspired by the Hebrew word for ‘princess.’ Sarah Michelle Gellar is one example, with Sarah meaning ‘princess’ and Sarai meaning ‘my princess.’
Likewise, Sarika means ‘ladylike’ or ‘princess’. Sarah is the Westernized version of this term for ‘princess’, which is probably why actress Sarah Silverman calls her character Vanellope a ‘Jewish Disney princess!’
For even more Hebrew and Jewish name inspiration, try some of these Hebrew baby names for girls:
Whether you’re paying homage to your heritage or looking for something unique, you’ll find plenty of baby girl name inspiration on our blog. Or you could always ask the mamas of Peanut?