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Names in Hebrew?

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MooMe Tue 16-Apr-13 11:21:47

What do you think of these names in Hebrew-

Geffen (means vine)
Kinneret (means Sea of Galilee)

I love the sound of both of them... Just not sure if they're not a bit "harsh on the tongue" in English... blush

ComtesseDeSpair Tue 16-Apr-13 11:42:12

Hmm. I do agree they both sound a bit harsh. I've only known Geffen as a surname. Kinneret: I quite like the older version 'Chinnereth' (found in Numbers 34:11 and Joshua 13:27) What about Tiberias?! Or is the Hebrew more important to you than the actual place?

Are you Jewish/Israeli? Are enough of your friends and family going to recognise the names and appreciate the origins?

vitaminC Tue 16-Apr-13 12:07:09

I'm assuming you're planning on using Geffen for a boy and Kinneret for a girl?

Kinneret is very pretty, and I've heard it used a few times as a name in recent years in Israel. Besides being the local name for the sea of Galilee, it is also a musical instrument (a harp, I think?)

I haven't come across many Geffens, but the ones I've heard of were all female. It's definitely one of those unisex names that's moving markedly to the feminine side! It's not horrible, but Kinneret is prettier to my ears smile

I also think English speakers will automatically think of David Geffen!

Stevie77 Tue 16-Apr-13 12:10:49

For boy or girl? I'm Israeli and wanted a name that works both in English and Hebrew. Will be happy to share our list of names if you like.

banterbus Tue 16-Apr-13 13:15:37

sorry to hijack thread but I would like to see Stevie's list!

MooMe Tue 16-Apr-13 13:28:48

Thanks all for your input. it's for a girl. and I'm Jewish smile
Re family etc- they'll manage grin don't want to share it with them as of yet.
In my ears both sound so lovely and soft, but maybe it's just me... So wanted to know what other people think.

Stevie77- would love to see your list too smile we have a list, all names in Hebrew, but we simply can't agree on any of them!! (some were added by me, some by my DH). The only one we both agree on is Kinneret, but I'm not overly keen (much prefer Geffen tbh).

Other names on our list:
Talia (or Thalia?)

sweetkitty Tue 16-Apr-13 13:32:08

I'm biased towards Talia as I have one grin love love love it.

We went with the Talia spelling as felt it was the easiest and Thalia would get mispronounced as TH-lee-ah as opposed to Tah-lee-ah.

It means Dew from Heavengrin

WouldBeHarrietVane Tue 16-Apr-13 13:36:13

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Stevie77 Tue 16-Apr-13 15:38:55

Sorry, long meeting with lots of mansplaining!

Our list, for girls was:
Eleanor (love it in English but can be dodgy in terms of Israeli reputation)
Alma (one of my new faves, now too similar to DD1's name)

The main issue is the emphasis English speakers put on words vs. emphasis in Hebrew. So a name like Ayala would be pronounced A-yalla which kind of ruins it a little. So it was, still is, important to me to find a name that works well. Not an easy thing to do!

MooMe, of your list I love Talia, Ori and Carmel. Yuli is lovely in Hebrew but may be a bit left field in the UK. Unless, of course, you want a really unusual name.

Kungfutea Tue 16-Apr-13 17:11:36

I've never heard Geffen as a first name, only a last name so I'm not sure.

I know two Kinnerets. One an American reform rabbi in Israel and one an Israeli-born girl in England. I think it's beautiful and softer in English than with a Hebrew accent because the 'r' is softer in English.

If you want harshness, my Israeli husband suggested Tchelet as a name for our dd. That was quickly vetoed!!

What about
Shiloh (one of my faves, ruined by Brangelina!)
Adi (I like this one)

MooMe Tue 16-Apr-13 17:28:23

KungFuTea- lol that's REALLY harsh!
thanks both for your lists and again everyone for your input.
vitaminC- is that a bad thing? smile

HolofernesesHead Tue 16-Apr-13 17:33:51

Talia is a beautiful name. Aviva, to me = buses (sorry!)

HolofernesesHead Tue 16-Apr-13 17:34:38

LOL! Just realised that the bus company is Arriva. What is Aviva; insurance?

Kungfutea Tue 16-Apr-13 18:16:02

Got to say that I also love Talia. I love the ring of it. I wanted it for my dd but my dh said it's old fashioned in Israel, grrrr. I didn't care!

I'd go with Aviv rather than Aviva. It's used for boys and girls these days.

TheDevilsGherkins Tue 16-Apr-13 18:22:48


(Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there."

vitaminC Tue 16-Apr-13 18:41:09

<vitaminC- is that a bad thing?>
Not at all, but it does mean that people will assume it's a male name!

Stevie77 Tue 16-Apr-13 23:10:08

Remembered one more, how about Tamara?

Turquoiseblue Tue 16-Apr-13 23:36:06


MummyBurrows Tue 16-Apr-13 23:44:04

I like Talia and Carmel best off ur list smile Tamara and Maya as Stevie suggested are also lovely xx

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