Hebrew Names for Jewish 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 Biblical Hebrew names (with historical references) are listed on the left and Modern Hebrew names (with meanings) are listed on the right.

 

Popular Biblical Names for GirlsPopular Modern Names for Girls
Avigail (Abigail)
King David's wife; also means "father's joy"
Avital
King David's wife

Abigail
My father's delight
Adi
Jewel
Adina
Gentle
Ahuva
Beloved
Amit
Friendly, faithful
Anika
Gracious, beautiful
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
Babbet
Promise of God
Bat-Ami
Daughter of my people
Bathsheba
Promise of the vow
Batia
Daughter of God
Bethany
From a fig house
Bina
Intelligence, understanding
Bracha
Blessing
Chava (Eva)
First woman
Carmela
Vinyard
Channa
Gracious
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
Davina
Adored
Dinah
The avenged one
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
Elisa
Promise of God
Elizabeth
Promise of God
Eva
Living and breathing
 

Gavriella (Gabriella)
God is my strength.
Gal (Galia)
Wave
Gefen
Grape
Gessica
One who can forsee
Giovanna
God can foresee

Hannah
Mother of Samuel;  favored by God
Hadar
Splendid
Hadas
Myrtle; Esther's Hebrew name
Hannah
Gracious
Haya
Life
Hila
Praise
 Idit
Choicest
Ilana
Tree
Irit
Daffodil
Ivana
God is merciful
Judith
A woman from Judea and heroine from Jewish texts (The Book of Judith)
Jaqueline
One who supplants
Janelle
God is merciful
Jarah
Honey
Jemima
Dove
Jessica
One who can foresee
Joanna
God is merciful
Jora
Autumn rain
Jordan
From a flowing river
Josie
God raises
 Kalanit
Flower
Karmen
Garden of God
Kefira
Young lioness
Kinneret
Sea of Galilee
Leah
Jacob's wife

Leah
Delicate woman
Liora, Lior
I have light
Levana
White, moon
Liana
My lord responded
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
Manuela
God accompanies us
Matea
God is present
Maya
Water
Maytal
Dew Water
Moriah
Watched by God
Naomi
Mother-in-law of Ruth
Noa
Biblical woman; also means "tremble"
Naama
Pleasant
Nancy
Filled with grace
Nava
Beautiful
Neria
Light of God
Neta
A plant
Nirit
Flower
Nitzan
Bud
Noga
Light, bright star, Jupiter
Nurit
Flower
 Ofra
Deer
Ofira
Gold
Oprah
One who turned her back
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
Samantha
Lord has heard
Sarika
Lady-like
Shai
Gift
Shalva
Tranquility
Shaked
Almond
Sharon
Place in Israel
Shawna
God is merciful
Shir, Shira
Song
Shiran
Happy song
Shirli
I
have song
Shoshana
Rose
Simone
One who has heard
Sivan
Hebrew month

Tzipora
Moses's wife.
Tal
Dew
Tamar, Tamara
Palm tree
Tirzah
Pleasant
 Vana
God is merciful
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).