It is never too early to
start thinking about names for your child. Since there
are so many other things to do the first days after the birth,
it is best to start working on name selection now. In addition
to the English name, your baby will need a Hebrew name, which
is formally given at a boy's bris. Therefore, the name
needs to be finalized several days before the bris, so that
the certificates can be completed accurately.
The Hebrew and English
names can be exactly the same, such as David, Asher, Ilan,
Levi, Micah, or Zev. Or, they can be the translated
equivalent, such as Aharon/Aaron, Binyamin/Benjamin, Yitzchak/Issac,
Yaakov/Jacob, Yonatan/Jonathan, Yoel/Joel, or Noach/Noah.
Some parents simply pick a
name they like, but it is a beautiful custom to name your
child after a loved one.
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name their children after deceased relatives they wish to
honor. Sephardic Jews name their babies after beloved
living relatives. By giving a baby a relative's Hebrew
name, you are giving the essence of that person's soul and
positive attributes to your baby.
it is best to name a boy after a male relative, and a girl
after a female. If you know or can find out the relative's
name, you can give your child the same name as the relative
you are remembering. Otherwise, you can pick a similar
Hebrew name, or one that starts with the same initial sound as
that of your loved one. If there is no one you wish to
name him after, you may pick a Hebrew name you like, or one
similar to his English name. We have a book
of Hebrew names, and we are pleased to help you
choose a Hebrew name for your child. Please call me as
soon as you can, so we can give you some choices to think
Hebrew, we name a child as his first name, the son or daughter
of his/her parents. For example, our patriarch Isaac's
full name is Yitzchak ben Avraham v' Sarah, that is, Isaac the
son of Abraham and Sarah. For this reason, I will also
need both parents' Hebrew names, and whether father's family
are Kohanim or Leviim. In case you are not aware of your
Hebrew names, you can ask your parents or look for them on
your Ketubah, your Jewish marriage certificate.
us soon to let us know your child's name, or to
let us help you pick an appropriate name for him. Sometimes,
you will need to make a few calls to relatives to get
information, and we do not want to leave this to the last
minute. At the bris, you are welcome to say a few words to
your guests about your choice of Hebrew name for your son,
your loved one's qualities you hope your son will emulate, or
your hopes and aspirations for your son in general.