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English yet "Jewish" names

(57 Posts)
BlazeofLight Tue 27-Jan-15 10:38:29

My DH is Jewish, I am not (which is tricky at times because his religion is important to him).

It is very important for him that our children have Jewish names to help them connect with their heritage.

I understand that but we struggle to find something we can agree on because I like traditional English names.

DS1 is Samuel. He wanted Isiah, Isaac or Noah. I wanted William, Max, Frederick.

We are now debating what to call DS2. Any suggestions?

(And any one else end up compromising so both partners have a name they can live with, but one that neither loves? Seems sad)

Thank you!

Clueing4looks Tue 27-Jan-15 10:45:12

Micha
Aharon
Ephraim
Seth
Shay
Joel

theITgirl Tue 27-Jan-15 10:47:41

David, Jonathan, Issac, Caleb, Elijah,

TheTravellingLemon Tue 27-Jan-15 10:55:21

Daniel
Adam
Eli
Jacob
Joseph

loiner45 Tue 27-Jan-15 10:57:05

David, Jonathan, Amos, Isaac, Seth, Aaron, Adam, Daniel, Joel

AuntieStella Tue 27-Jan-15 11:00:35

Anything from the Old Testament: Adam, David, Benjamin, Joseph, Daniel, Jacob, Nathan, Joshua?

ShatnersBassoon Tue 27-Jan-15 11:01:25

Benjamin.

Roomba Tue 27-Jan-15 11:01:47

Benjamin
Daniel
Thomas
Isaac
David
Michael
Samuel

Theas18 Tue 27-Jan-15 11:08:59

Loads of fab old testament names that aren't overtly "Jewish" just good solid names. You seem to favour germanic ones though...

Is Samuel known as Sam? Or always Samuel?

You couldn't really have Daniel as DS2 I don't think. But What about Elijah Zachariah, Micah, Jonah even Ezekiel ?

Or the very " ordinary" ( in a nice way) middle of the road Benjamin Jonathan (I know a lovely Jonty) Adam Joshua Jacob Joseph David Noah ( lots of Noahs in DH prep school and it's very multi ethnic). They are very " english".

ArcheryAnnie Tue 27-Jan-15 11:09:02

Noah is lovely.

There's the obvious: Joseph!

Sophronia Tue 27-Jan-15 11:11:03

Reuben
Asa
Jacob
Aaron
Benjamin
Ethan
Eli
Daniel
Levi
David
Adam
Nathan
Solomon
Joseph

florascotia Tue 27-Jan-15 11:28:13

Jonah
Abraham
Abel
Caleb
Saul
Ariel
Elijah
Gabriel
Jeremiah/Jeremy
Moses
Raphael
Tobias/Toby
Zachariah
also, John and Matthew are English versions of Hebrew names

chaya5738 Tue 27-Jan-15 11:41:31

Max is a Jewish name to me (not a Hebrew name but a Jewish name)

Isaiah is a fantastic name.

I also LOVE Gabriel.

What about Nathaniel? Benjamin? Asher?

Our DS's Hebrew name is Ariel.

chaya5738 Tue 27-Jan-15 11:42:09

Reuven also very cooll

BreakingDad77 Tue 27-Jan-15 13:06:31

Was going to say Jacob or Seth, latter can make you think of Seth the game keeper from Emmerdale.

Stevie77 Tue 27-Jan-15 13:13:54

Leo?

MonstrousRatbag Tue 27-Jan-15 13:20:31

Moshe (not very English but nice, I think, and easy for people to master)
Judah
Abner
Ezra
Jesse
Jethro
Simeon

cutestgirls Tue 27-Jan-15 13:21:31

just a little hint, most hebrew or jewish names have an english counterpart. like Harold or Charlie=chaim

do you like biblical names like Jonah, Simon, Noah (love that name) endless.

or do you like Modern hebrew names like Ariel, Yoam, Yiftach, Eldad (those names do sound more israeli though)

MaliceInWinterWonderland78 Tue 27-Jan-15 13:30:15

Leon
Methuselah smile
Lawrence

cutestgirls Tue 27-Jan-15 17:01:04

malice
do you really know anyone who named their son Methusela? just curious

CatsClaus Tue 27-Jan-15 18:15:05

Oscar?

Letmeeatcakecakecake Tue 27-Jan-15 18:41:03

Kohen?

invisiblecrown Wed 28-Jan-15 12:29:06

Ezra?

mathanxiety Wed 28-Jan-15 16:15:33

Simon
Adam

Are there family names that would fit the bill? This is an approach favoured by some Jewish traditions.

morethanpotatoprints Wed 28-Jan-15 16:20:01

I know at least 5 girls who are Jewish who are called Annie.
I'm sure its not a Jewish name, but must be considered acceptable?

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