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English Name Hebrew Name Transliterated Hebrew Name Meaning Story Gender
Abidan אבידן Avidan “My father judges” or “My father judged” Abidan was the son of Gideoni and the leader of the Tribe of Benjamin during the time of Moses (Numbers 1:11). He led his tribe during their wanderings in the wilderness, and brought a sacrifice to the initial dedication of the Tabernacle (Numbers 7:60). "Then the tribe of Benjamin: and the captain of the sons of Benjamin shall be Abidan the son of Gideoni." (Numbers 2:22) gender male
Abiel אביאל Aviel "My father is G-d" Abiel refers to two people in the Bible, the first of which is the father of Kish and the grandfather of King Saul. The second time the name Abiel appears in the Bible it refers to Abiel the Arbathite, one of King David's bravest warriors. "Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power." (I Samuel 9:1) gender male
Abigail אביגיל אֲבִי Avigayil “Father’s joy” or “Father rejoices” Abigail was married to the warrior Nabal (I Samuel 25:3). King David saw what a righteous woman she was and after Nabal was killed in battle, she became his beloved wife and mother to his second son. "And Abigail hasted, and arose and rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that went after her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife." (I Samuel 25:42) gender female
Abihail אביהיל Avihayil "My father is might" or "Father of strength" Abihail was the father of Esther who saved the Jews from annihilation in Persia, as told in the Book of Esther and celebrated with the Jewish holiday of Purim. "Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim." (Esther 9:29) gender male
Abijah אביה Aviyah "G-d is my father" Abijah was the name of numerous noteworthy people in the Bible. The prophet Samuel had a son named Abijah (I Samuel 8:2). King Rehoboam had a son named Abijah who challenged the succession of King Jeroboam (I Chronicles 3:12), who also had a son by that name. Abijah is also used as a girl's name in the Bible, as it was the name of King Hezekiah's mother. "Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah." (II Chronicles 29:1) gender female
Abital אביטל Avital My father's dew" or "My father's shade" Abital was one of King David's wives and the mother to his fifth child. While the first part of the name (Avi) surely refers to a father, meaning G-d, the second part is more unclear, as it either refers to dew or shade. "The fifth, Shephatiah of Abital: the sixth, Ithream by Eglah his wife." (1 Chronicles 3:3) gender female
Abner אַבְנֵר Avner Father of light Abner was King Saul's first cousin and the commander of his army (1 Samuel 14:50). It was Abner who brought David to King Saul after he slew Goliath. "And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul gender male
Abraham אַבְרָהָם Avraham Father of multitudes Abraham was the first monotheist and is considered the father of both the Jewish and Muslim people. Abraham's original name was Abram, but then G-d chose to change his name to Abraham in order to tell him that he would become the father of many nations. "Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made you." (Genesis 17:5) gender male
Adam אָדָם Adam Relating to the earth Adam was the first man on Earth according to the Bible and was married to Eve. The root of the name is connected to the Hebrew word for earth. "And out of the ground the LORD G-d formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof." (Genesis 2:19) gender male
Adar אֲדָר Adar Adar was a settlement in the ancient Land of Israel, in the southern part of Judean territory (Numbers 34:4). It is also the name of the Hebrew month in which the Jewish holiday of Purim takes place. For this reason, it has very happy connotations and many people who have children born in the month of Adar choose this as a name. "In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar." (Esther 3:7) gender female
Adi עֲדִי Adi Jewel, adornment, ornament Adi is a Modern Hebrew name meaning "jewel", "adornment", or "ornament". According to an alternate understanding, the name can also mean "my witness". There is a small town in the Jezreel Valley called Adi. gender male and female
Adin עָדִין Adin Gentle, delicate Adin is a name which means "gentle" and "delicate" in Modern Hebrew, but it also has Biblical origins. Adin is listed as one of the people who returned to the Land of Israel from Babylon during the times of Ezra and Nehemiah. "The children of Adin, four hundred fifty and four." (Ezra 2:15) gender male
Adina עֲדִינָה Adina Gentle, delicate (feminine form) Adina is a name which means "gentle" or "delicate" in Modern Hebrew, but it also has Biblical origins. The masculine form of the name, Adin, is listed as one of the people who returned to the Land of Israel from Babylon during the times of Ezra and Nehemiah. "The children of Adin, four hundred fifty and four." (Ezra 2:15) gender female
Adir אַדִיר Adir Powerful, mighty Adir is a name with Biblical origins meaning "powerful" or "mighty". It is also part of the name of a popular Passover song called "Adir Hu" (Mighty is He). "But there the mighty Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby." (Isaiah 33:21) gender male
Adva אַדְוָוה Adva Small wave, ripple Adva is a name meaning "small wave" or "ripple". As the name entails, it seems most suited for people who are calm, quiet, and well-mannered. gender female
Afek אוֹפֶק Afek Riverbed, relating to the horizon Afek is used as the name of various places in the Bible, including one site where the Philistines camped while battling the Israelites. The name can also be associated with the horizon, as in Modern Hebrew, the word for horizon is "ofek". "And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek." (1 Samuel 4:1) gender male and female
Aharon אהרון Aharon "Light bringer" Aaron was Moses’ older brother and served as his spokesman. The head of the priestly clan (the Cohanim), Aaron was legendary for making peace between people who were fighting or arguing. He was also renowned for his humility in spite of his important status. "And you shall put them upon Aaron your brother, and his sons with him; and you shall anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office." (Exodus 28:41) gender male
Akiva עֲקִיבָא Akiva Protection, shelter Akiva is considered a variant of Yaakov (Jacob), but also has the meanings of "protection" or "shelter". Rabbi Akiva was known as a courageous spiritual leader of the Jewish people who was killed by the Romans for not giving up his love of his religion. gender male
Alon אַלוֹן Alon Oak, tall and strong tree Alon is a popular Modern Hebrew name meaning "oak" or referring to a tall and strong tree. It also has Biblical origins as it was part of the name of the place where Rebecca's nurse Deborah was buried outside of Bethlehem, and it was also one of Simeon's descendants (1 Chronicles 4:37). "But Deborah, Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allonbachuth." (Genesis 35:8) gender male
Amichai עַמִיחַי Amichai My people lives Amichai is a Modern Hebrew name meaning "my people is alive". This name is adopted by many who move to Israel, and was similarly adopted or given to many following the Holocaust and with the birth of the State of Israel. gender male