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Hebrew Names for Girls

Popular Jewish Names for Girls

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Naming a new baby can be an exciting (if somewhat daunting) task. Below are a few popular Hebrew names for girls to get you started. Biblical Hebrew names are listed on the left and Modern Hebrew names are listed on the right.

Popular Biblical Names for Girls Popular Modern Names for Girls
Avigail (Abigail)
King David's wife. Also means "father's joy."
Avital
King David's wife.
Adi
Jewel
Adina

Gentle
Ahuva
Beloved
Amit
Friendly, faithful
Arella
Angel
Ariella (Ariela)
Lioness of God.
Ashira
Wealthy
Atara, Ateret
Crown
Athalia
God is exalted
Aviv, Aviva
Spring
Ayala, Ayelet

Deer
Batsheva
King David's wife.
Bat-Ami
Daughter of my people
Batia
Daughter of God
Bina
Intelligence, understanding
Bracha
Blessing
Chava (Eva)
First woman.
Carmela
Vinyard
Chaya
Life
Devorah (Deborah, Debra)
Prophetess and judge who led revolt against Canaanite king.
Deena (Dinah)
Jacob's daughter. Also means "judgement."
Dafna
Laurel
Dalia
Flower
Daniella
God is my judge
Dana
Judge
Efrat
Caleb's wife.
Elisheva
Aaron's wife. Also "God is my oath."
Ester (Esther)
Saved the Jews from annihilation in Persia.
Eden
Garden of Eden
Eliana

God has answered.
Eliora
God is my light
Gavriella (Gabriella)
God is my strength.
Gal
(Galia)
Wave
Gefen
Grape
Hannah
Mother of Samuel. Favored by God.
Hadar
Splendid
Hadas

Myrtle. Esther's Hebrew name.
Haya
Life
Hila
Praise
Idit
Choicest
Ilana
Tree
Irit
Daffodil
Judith
A woman from Judea and heroine from Jewish texts. (The Book of Judith)
Jarah
Honey
Jemima
Dove
Jora
Autumn rain
Kalanit
Flower
Kefira
Young lioness
Kinneret
Sea of Galilee
Leah
Jacob's wife.
Liora, Lior
I have light.
Levana
White, moon
Liat
I have you.
Liraz
I have a secret.
Liron
I have joy.
Livna, Livnat
White
Michal
King Saul's daughter.
Miriam
Prophetess, singer, dancer, and sister of Moses.
Maayan
Spring, oasis
Malka
Queen
Maya
Water
Maytal
Dew Water
Naomi
Mother-in-law of Ruth.
Noa
Biblical woman. Also means "tremble."
Naama
Pleasant
Nava
Beautiful
Neria
Light of God
Neta
A plant
Nirit
Flower
Nitzan
Bud
Noga
Light, bright star, Jupiter
Nurit
Flower
Ofra
Deer
Ofira
Gold
Ora
Light
Orli
I have light.
Penina
Elkanah's wife. Also means "pearl."
Pazit
Gold
Rachel
Jacob's wife.
Rivka (Rebecca)
Isaac's wife.
Rut (Ruth)
Model of righteous convert.
Ranana
Fresh
Raz
Secret
Reut
Friendship
Rina
Joy
Sara (Sarah/Sarai)
Abraham's wife.
Shifra
Midwife who disobeyed Pharoah's orders to kill Jewish babies.
Sagit
Sublime
Shai
Gift
Shalva
Tranquility
Shaked
Almond
Sharon

Place in Israel
Shir, Shira
Song
Shiran
Happy song
Shirli
I have song
Shoshana
Rose
Sivan
Hebrew month
Tzipora
Moses's wife.
Tal
Dew
Tamar, Tamara
Palm tree.
Tirzah
Pleasant
Vered, Varda
Rose
Yael
Heroine in the Bible. Also means "deer."
Yehudit (Judith)
Heroine in the Bible.
Yocheved
Moses' mother.
Yaffa, Yafit
Beautiful
Yasmin (Jasmine)
Flower
Yedida

Friend
Yona, Yonina
Dove
Ziva
Spendor
Zohar
Light
Sources
  • What to name your Jewish Baby, by Anita Diamant (Summit Books, New York, 1989).
  • The New Name Dictionary: Modern English and Hebrew Names, by Alfred J. Kolatch (Jonathan David Publishers, New York, 1989).

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