Eve

Origin: English, Hebrew חַוָּה (Ancient Hebrew) Chawwah Meaning: from Hebrew Chawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”. Eve is also an English word referring to evening, or the day before a date or event. Evie/Evy is a dimunutive form of the name. Variants: Eva, Ava; Chawwah (Hebrew); Hawa (Arabic) Advertisements

Gilead

Origin: Hebrew גִּלְעָד (Ancient Hebrew) Gil’ad Meaning: the name of a place in the Old Testament, located east of Jordan, I’ve seen it meaning “monument of testimony”; “harsh”, rude” from Arabic jal’ad; “perptual fountain”, “heap of stones” or “camel hump”. Variants: Gilad It’s pronounced gil-ee-uhd and I’ve posted a link below. http://forvo.com/search/gilead/

Saul

Origin: Hebrew שָׁאוּל (Hebrew) Meaning: from Hebrew Sha’ul meaning “asked for” or “prayed for”. Variants: Saoul (Biblical Greek); Sha’ul (Hebrew); Sauli (Finnish); Saulius (Lithuanian); Talut, Shā’ūl (Arabic)

Sorin

Origin: Romanian, French, Jewish, Russian, Japanese Meaning: possibly from Romanian soare meaning “sun”. I’ve also seen it as a surname. It could be French in origin, from Old French sor, a diminutive of Sorel, meaning “chestnut”, originally a nickname for someone with reddish hair. It also has a different etymology, a Jewish surname derived from a metronymic of Yiddish…

Amaris

Origin: Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Latin Meaning: a Hebrew feminine form of Amariah meaning “Yahweh has said” or “Yahweh has promised”. I’ve also seen it listed as an elaborated form of Amaro, an Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese name and surname of various meanings. Amaro could be from Germanic name Amalric meaning “work, labor/power”. In Sicily,…

Moran

Origin: Hebrew, Irish, Spanish מוֹרָן (Hebrew) Meaning: a unisex Hebrew name meaning “viburnum shrub”. It’s also an Anglicized form of Irish surnames O’Morain and O’Moghrain meaning “descendant of Móran”, Móran being a diminutive of Mór meaning “large” or “great”. Moran is also a Spanish surname, a habitational surname denoting those who came from a town…

Hanan

Origin: Hebrew, Arabic, Irish חָנָן (Ancient Hebrew)- Chanan حنان (Arabic)- Hanan Meaning: a masculine Hebrew name meaning “gracious”; there are several minor figures in the Bible with the name. It’s also a feminine Arabic name meaning “mercy, compassion”. Hanan could also be a variant spelling of Irish Hannan from a Gaelic surname of unknown meaning.

Ephraim

Origin: Hebrew אֶפְרָיִם (‘Efrayim) Εφραιμ (Greek) Meaning: from Hebrew ‘Efrayim meaning “fruitful”. However, I’ve also seen it listed as either being derived from Hebrew masculine noun ‘aper (אפר) meaning “covering” or “bandage” or from masculine noun ‘eper (אפר) meaning “ashes”. Variants: Efraim; Evron (Yiddish)

Rami

Origin: Arabic, Hebrew, Indian رامي (Arabic) רמי (Hebrew) Meaning: in Arabic it either comes from the verb rami (رامي) meaning “to throw” referring to either an archer or a good marksman; or it could be from ram (رام) meaning “to wish, to aim at, to dream, to be ambitious”. Rami is also from Hebrew Ram…

Shiva

Origin: Indian, Persian शिव (Hindi, Sanskrit) شیوا (Persian) שבעה (Hebrew) Meaning: a masculine Sanskrit name meaning “benign, kind, auspicious”. It’s also a feminine Persian name meaning “charming, elegant”. In Hindu mythology, Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and renewal, the husband of the goddess Parvati. Variants: Siva (Hini, male). In Judaism, Shiva is a…

Bathsheba

Origin: Hebrew בַּת־שֶׁבַע (Hebrew) Meaning: “daughter of the oath” or, alternatively, “daughter of seven” since the last part of the name (sheba) is similar to both the word for oath and seven. For a more detailed etymology of the name, I posted the link below. Variants: Bat-Sheva, Batsheva Sheba could be a short form of…

Gabriel

Origin: Hebrew גַּבְרִיאֵל (Gavri’el) Hebrew Γαβριηλ (Gabriel) Ancient Greek Meaning: from Hebrew Gavri’el meaning “God is my strong man”, “strong man of God”, “God is my strength”. Gabe is a diminutive form of the name. Gabrielle and Gabriela/Gabriella are feminine forms of the name. Masculine forms: Gabriele (Italian); Gábor (Hungarian); Gavriil (Russian); Jabril, Jibril (Arabic); Kaapro…

Joram

Origin: Hebrew Meaning: a contracted form of Jehoram meaning “exalted by Yahweh” or “exalted by God”. Variants: Yoram, Ioram, Jehoram, Yehoram

Yaron

Origin: Hebrew יָרוֹן (Hebrew) Meaning: to sing, to shout Variants: Jaron; Yarona is the feminine form of the name.

Liora

Origin: Hebrew לִיאוֹרָה (Hebrew) Meaning: a strictly feminine form of Lior meaning “light for me”. Variants: Lior (unisex); Liorit (f) Though Leora is a variant spelling of the name it’s also a diminutive of Eleanor “the other Aenor”.

Makeda

Origin: Ethiopic, Hebrew Meaning: This is a name that has quite a few possible meanings but nothing quite concrete. It’s the Ethiopian name given to the Queen of Sheba which might mean “greatness”, “beautiful”, or derived from the Semitic word for “queen”. It could also come from a Biblical Canaanite town called Makkedah which means…

Amos

Origin: Hebrew עָמוֹס (Hebrew); Αμως (Ancient Greek) Meaning: carried (by God). Amos is one of twleve minor prophets in the Old Testament, who wrote the Book of Amos. As a surname it seems to have a different origin, coming from Old French Amis meaning “friend” from Latin amicus, a derivative of amare “to love”. There’s also an ancient city…

Ethan

  Origin: Hebrew אֵיתָן (Hebrew) Meaning: solid, enduring, strong Variants: Eitan, Eytan (Hebrew); Aithan (Biblical Greek); Etan (German, Polish)

Ishmael

Origin: Hebrew Meaning: “God has heard” or “God will hear” Ishmael is a character in the last book in A Series of Unfortunate Events (The End), a character who lives on the Island the Baudelaires and Count Olaf end up at, and is a stickler for customs and traditions on the Island. Ishamel is also a…

Ahab

Origin: Hebrew  ( אַחְאָב ) Meaning: from Hebrew אָח (‘ach) meaning “brother” and אֲב (‘av) “father” meaning “brother of the father” or “uncle” The name is from the fourth book of A Series of Unfortunate Events (The Miserable Mill), the name of a hospital mentioned only once. There were very few A names I could find in the series,…