Item description for The Complete Book of Hebrew Baby Names by Semadar Shir & Smadar Shir Sidi...
Overview The Hebrew name is a part of the Jewish identity. Here are over 5,000 listings along with advice on choosing names, nicknames, and naming ceremonies, with accurate definitions and translations. Almost every Jewish child in the United States recieves two names-one in English and the other in Hebrew. For most parents, the Hebrew name is as important as the English one. But how can you find a Hebrew name for your child? What kind of name is most appropriate for a baby who is born in the spring, or in the winter, or on one of the Jewish holidays like Passover, Hanukkah, Purim, Sukkoth or Shavuot? Here is a wide selection of traditional and contemporary Hebrew names-names from the Bible, names of Israeli flowers, names related to Jewish holidays, names with poetic or descriptive meanings-each in English, Hbrew characters, and transliterated English. Each name features a short explanation of its meaning and root, along with a rating that indicates whether the name is old, common or very popular. Here is the ideal reference for new and expectant parents, grandparents, or those simply wishing to choose a Hebrew name for themselves, complete with linguistic guideliines for inventing original names that make sense and convey the beauty and genius of the Hebrew language.
Publishers Description The most comprehensive Hebrew baby name book available--thousands of listings--with advice on choosing names, naming ceremonies, and much more.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Complete Book of Hebrew Baby Names?
Don't rely on this book for Hebrew names Nov 21, 2005
As someone who has lived about half my life in Israel and half my life in the States, I was looking forward to reading this book. I thought it would help me find a great Hebrew name for my baby. However, the majority of the names in this book are ridiculously outdated, or even not actual names at all! The book ended up giving my husband and I a great laugh, and good sarcastic comments, but I'm going to have to keep searching other books to find a reliable one from which to name my baby. If you're an American looking to find a Hebrew name, don't rely on this book, unless you or someone you know is fluent in Hebrew and can warn you of the many catastrophic "names".
Complete, but not reliable Jan 7, 2004
Don't assume that a name from this book is genuine Hebrew name and will be familiar in Israel or to a native Hebrew speaker.
Thankfully before naming my baby I ran a few names from this book by friends who are Hebrew speakers living in Israel. Some of the names turned out to be not of Hebrew origin at all when the book claimed it to be true (for example, girl's name Luz). Some they told me were my invention (Rafaela for a girl - never heard of in Israel; the book never mentioned that even though of Hebrew origin, this name is not used for girls in Hebrew). Some had the meanings wrong (Adah means "eternal", not a variant of Adi meaning adornment as the book claims).
So the verdict is, read it for ideas of what you might like, but take it ALL with a big grain of salt.
A little disappointing. Apr 15, 2003
I was a little disappointed with this book, mainly because it was published in the 80's and the lists are those used in the 80's, and not current for today (2003).
A great resource! Jul 1, 2001
I have to confess right up front that I have a "thing" for names. Therefore, I own lots and lots of "name your baby" books. For naming your Jewish baby, this book is the best! The list of names is extensive with lots of uncommon (here in the States) choices. The book provides the Hebrew spelling as well as the English spelling. There also is a rating system showing the name's popularity in the U.S. and in Israel. If you're looking for a name for your Jewish baby and you want to go beyond the usual Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, Rachel, Jacob, etc., you need this book!
A Great Resource -- Goes Way Beyond Avraham & Sara Jan 7, 2001
I bought this book to find a name for my second child. I love it. My baby is not even born yet, but it has helped me and my husband a great deal.I have already lent it to my sister and a close friend who have had babies recently. They loved it too. I especially liked the additional resources in back. There are lists of names for twins (boys, girls, and both), babies born in a certain Jewish month, and around various Jewish holidays.
It seems to be quite a comprehensive list. Smadar includes notes on popularity in Israel, as well as origin, meaning, and commonality in general. Also included is a note if the name can be used by either gender. If this is the case, Smadar will tell you if it is more comon for boys or for girls. This is very useful if you dislike names that aren't clearly one or the other. There are some names that I did not realize could be used by both females and males.
In addition to the "traditional" or Biblical names the author includes many newer names and names with beautiful meanings. Smadar did a great job. I highly reccomend it.