I have finally settled on Rivka Garnet for our first daughter, but need ideas for a name for a little sister, should one ever exist.
It must be a Hebrew/ Jewish name and the middle name must be some variant of Elizabeth...
Names like Miriam and Leah are okay, but they seem a little pale compared to Rivka (the Hebrew form of Rebecca).
Any ideas ladies?
Hm. Do you know what variant of Elizabeth you'd like to use?
Here's some suggestions:
Elizabeth/ Elisabeth are the top contenders right now. The grandmother we are honouring is Elzbieta, but has gone by Betty since moving to the US in the '50's. We can't use her name exactly due to Jewish traditions.
We definitely don't want to use Isabel/ Isabella or Alyssa, but are open to other varients.
Is there a list or compilations of names that are OK choose from? I know Biblical names but not the Hebrew variants of them.
Here's some suggestions so far (just straight from the Bible)
Sapphira (thought that might be a nice link to Garnet)
As for Elizabeth variants--would Aliza or Eliza work? Elisheva?
Of course, just the classic Elisabeth is great too. I prefer it with the S over the Z.
I love the name Keziah but it (along with Jemima/Yemima) has strong history as a slave name in the US, and it would be insensitive to use them.
Sapphira is pretty on paper but sounds horrible to my ear and Phoebe is a New Testament name, I believe.
As far as Eliza and Elisheva, I am open to whatever sounds best with the first name. I just don't care for Isabel, Isabella and Alyssa because they are very popular right now.
Aww, yaay. I love Rivka.
Rivka Garnet. :wub:
I really like Isabel (spelled only this way). :(
I really like Liora with Rivka.
I love Liora Elizabeth. :wub:
I really like Miriam Eliza. But I'm coming back to this after dinner when I have some free time!
Thanks for posting to the link of names, I checked a few out and found some more I liked:
Sela, Zara, even Aliyah (though Aliyah might be considered trendy now).
Out of your husband's names, I like Miriam the best, mainly b/c I hear Leah, Abigail, and Hannah a lot. I don't hear Leila, but it is similar to Lily and the like. I'm afraid Noa will just be associated with "THE" Noah, as I just hear it and automatically think of the ark. It's too much associated with a man for my to consider it a girl's name.
I LOVE Aviva, that is probably my favorite!
BTW, I don't think Keziah has as strong of a slave history as something like Jemima. I grew up in the south and have never heard that. I would definitely associate Jemima with slavery but not Keziah. But I can definitely understand the turn off if you associate it with that.
Good luck narrowing down the field. Let us know when you have a few favorites put together.
I agree with you about Hannah, Leah and Abigail. They are even more popular in the Jewish community. Leila/Layla is getting popular too.
I like Noa a lot, but don't ever think that I would use it since Noah is the English form of Noach.
I think Miriam Eliza/ Miriam Elisabeth is the best option now, but Miriam just seems so pale in comparison to Rivka.
I really need to convince DH that Mia or Maya is a great nn for Amalia. He insists on shortening it to Amy, and I have nothing but bad associations with that name.
I'm going to tackle the Jewish/Hebrew names tack, as I know more about it than forms of Elizabeth.
Names in my family or my Temple classes (as a child):
Miriam (my aunt). I know you said it "pales," but I LOVE this name!!
Rachel (As you probably know, this is the name of MANY girls in the Jewish community)
Norah (music teacher)
Here! My favorite name site. And here are names related to, or variations of, Elizabeth.
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