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Here are some Jewish boys names in Hebrew – Recommended by Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu zt”l:

  • Nachman
  • Mordechai
  • Yoram
  • abba
  • Avidan
  • Efraim
  • Haim
  • Menachem
  • Elhanan
  • Gershom
  • Yotam
  • courage
  • Avidan
  • Ephraim
  • Haim
  • comfort
  • Eliasaf
  • Gershon
  • Yehiel
  • Uzi
  • Avichai
  • Menashe
  • Dov
  • Jacob
  • Uzia
  • Aviad
  • Ariel
  • Moshe
  • Aliyah
  • Dvir
  • Yinon
  • Ezra
  • Avishai
  • Ariel
  • Hanania
  • Eliyahu
  • David
  • Itzhak
  • Azarya
  • Evyatar
  • lion
  • Tuvia
  • Matityahu
  • Elimelech
  • Lior
  • Ido
  • Avner
  • Yair
  • Nevo
  • Eliezer
  • Doron
  • Yishai
  • Abraham
  • Yigal
  • Nadav
  • Eliashiv
  • Dan
  • Isaiah
  • Amos
  • Avshalom
  • Ben Zion
  • Friends
  • Noah
  • Elishama
  • Daniel
  • Israel
  • Amichai
  • sympathetic
  • construction
  • Yehuda
  • Nahum
  • Elisha
  • praise
  • Issachar
  • Aminadav
  • Aaron
  • Benayahu
  • Maor
  • Nehemiah
  • Elad
  • Harel
  • Levi
  • Amit
  • Ofir
  • Benjamin
  • Yehoyada
  • Miracles
  • Elazar
  • Wolf
  • Meir
  • Emanuel
  • Ori
  • Bezalel
  • Joshua
  • Nitai
  • Elkana
  • Zevulun
  • Michael
  • Pinchas
  • Uriel
  • blessed
  • Yoav
  • Naftali
  • True
  • Zechariah
  • Mishael
  • Pesach
  • Yuval
  • Neria
  • Asaf
  • Hagai
  • Zvi
  • Eyal
  • Gabriel
  • Yochai
  • Nathan
  • Roni
  • Saturn
  • Shimon
  • Gad
  • Jonathan
  • Nathaniel
  • Sheila
  • Samson
  • With me
  • Gedaliah
  • Yosef
  • Salman
  • Itamar
  • Gideon
  • Yosef Haim
  • Saadia
  • Ezekiel
  • Ovadia
  • Shalom
  • Shraga
  • Kalman
  • Raphael
  • Shlomo
  • Tanchum
  • Reuven
  • Shaul
  • Shmuel

The names of the Jewish people become their hallmark for being a Jews. The Jewish boy names listed in this article are the common names given to the Jewish boy that comes from the post-Talmudic, Talmudic and Biblical era. The parents of a Jewish boy name their kids for their select members of the family, for some special occasions or pick the name which they find suitable for the characteristics of their kids. The name of a young Jewish boy will be given to him during his circumcision, while the name of a young Jewish girl will be given to her after her birth while reading some verses in the Hebrew Bible.

Abba

Abba is a Hebrew word that can be written as אבא, which means “Father.” It is the secondary name of Abraham, which is Avrohom Abba. The relationship between the names mentioned above is undeniable: according to Genesis 17:5, Abraham was the father. But Avrohom Abba can be used as a Jewish boy name separately. This name was used during the Talmudic era. There are lots of great sages who also possess that name such as Abba Shaul, Abba Uman, Rabbi Abba, and Abba Aricha.

Aharon

Aharon is a Hebrew term that can be written as אהרון, which means “Enlightening, Teaching, and Light.” It has different variations such as Arushke, Arushka, Orush, Arush, Orkeu, Arke, Orel, Arele, Arelm Ore, Oren, Arik, and Aron. According to Exodus 4:14; 6:20, one of the Holy names that you can find in the Holy Bible is Aaron, which is the brother of Moses. Aharon is a popular name that signifies peace. He is the first Jews who become a High Priest, and almost all of his followers were also priests.

Adam

Adam is a Hebrew term that can be written as אדם, which means “Earth.” Odom is the only variation of this name. According to the Holy Bible from the Genesis 1:27, Adam is the name of the first human created by the Lord God. With the wisdom he had, he was able to name all the different animals around him, and this is according to Midrash, Bereishit Raba 17:4.

Aleksander or Alexander

Alexander or Aleksander is an Old Greek terminology that can be written as אלקסנדר, which means “The defender or the helper of the man.” This Jewish boy name has seven different variations, which are Sendush, Sender, Sandor, Sander, Sender, Aliksender and Aleksander. The name was first used during the Biblical times with the name of “Alexander the Great” because of the kindness in his heart to the nation of Jewish people during the war he encountered that will conquer the entire world. Non-Jewish people can also use this name, and there is also a family name of a non-Jewish family which is Sander, one of the variations of the name, that was turned into Saunders or Sanders after translating it into the English language. For your information, Alexander was slo used as one of the family names of Jewish people.

AryeihLeib or Aryeh

Aryeh or AryeihLeib is one of the Hebrew terms that can be written as ארי’ה or לייב, which means “Lion.” This name has 14 variations, which are Arel, Arke, Artzi, Artze, Arik, Ari, Aryeh, Levke, Lev, Leibush, Leibish, Leibele, Leibel, and Leib.

This is one of the symbols of the 12 Tribes of Judah, which refers to fearlessness and stronger strength. It is usually combined with Leib, which is its Yiddish variation. Yehudah, one of the leaders of the 12 Tribes of Judah chose the lion as their Tribe’s symbol, and when the Land of Jerusalem came to be the capital of Yehudah’s Kingdom, the symbol of Yehudah’s tribe became the symbol of the Land of Jerusalem.

Alter

Alter is a Yiddish terminology that can be written as אלטר, which means “The Old One.” This name has three different variations, which are Altmann, Altir, and Alter.

In Yiddish terminology, the word “Old Man” is one of the names of an amulet. This name is usually given to a Jewish male after the death of one of the family’s children at an early age. This is the name that indicates the longevity prayer. This is usually given to a Jewish boy who was born after the death of a child that often combined with several names. The Jewish parents gave this name to their child because they are praying for his long life.

Asher

Asher is a Hebrew word that can be written as אשר, which means “The Happy One.” This name has 19 different variations, which are Zelle, Zelikman, Zeligmanl, Zelikl, Zeligl, Henzil, Henzel, Enzlin, Enzil, Enzel, Anzil, Anzel, Anselm, Anshil or Anschil, Anshel or Anschel, Asherel, Osher’l, Osherel, and Osher.

Asher is one of Jacob’s sons that is also the leader of one of the 12 tribes of Judah. This name is usually combined with Zelig, which is the Yiddish variation of the name. When leiáh gave birth to her son, Asher, she said these words, “For my happiness; for daughters would call me happy,” and she gave her son the name of Asher.

Azriel

Azriel is one of the Hebrew names that you can give to your Jewish son, and it can be written as עזריאל, which means “My Help is God.” This name has three different variations, which are Ezzy, Esriel, and Ezriel. According to the Holy Bible, Chronicles I, 27:19, the name Azriel is one of the leader’s names in the 12 tribes of Judah. Azriel is the leader of the tribe of Judah, which has the name of Menasseh that was taken by the leader of the Land of Assyria.

Benzion or Bentziyon

Benzion or also called as Bentziyon is one of the Hebrew names that can be written as בנציון, which has the meaning of “Son of Zion.” Benzion has seven different variations, which are Benchil, Benchel, Bentzil, Bentzel, Bentch, Bentze and Bentzion.

This name is non Biblical. You can give this name to your young Jewish boy with another name but only in Jewish terminology. But in the English language, this name is usually written using only a single word.

Betzalel

Betzalel is one of the Hebrew Names that can be written as בצלאל, which means “In the Shade of the Lord.” This name has nine different variations, which are Zalka, Tzalka, Tzali, Tzalke, Zale, Zalel, Tzalel, and Betzaleil.

According to the Bible, in Exodus, 31:32, the name Betzalel is considered as the man given by the Lord God the talents in arts. He is the man that became the leader of building the Mishkan, which is also called the Tabernacle. Through the ability given to him by the Lord God, he enables to record every detail of building the Mishkan.

Berekhyah

Berekhyah is one of the Hebrew names that you can give to your male Jewish child that can be written as ברכיה, which means “Blessed of the Lord God.” This name has five different variations, which are Beirich, Beirech, Beirach, Birech, and Birach. This name is considered as the Prophet Zecharvah’s father, according to Zecharyah, 1:7 of the Holy Bible.

Binyamin or Benjamin

Benjamin or Benyamin is a Hebrew term that can be written as בנימין, which means “Son of the old age or the Son of the right handed person.” Benjamin or Binyamin has seven different variations, which are Ben, Benji, Bnis, Beinis, Beinush, Benyomin and Benyamin.

 Benjamin is the name of Rachel and Jacob’s youngest son. Benjamin has the face of Rachel, but he died after several minutes of his birth. Benjamin is also the name of one of the 12  tribes of Judah.

Chaim or Chayim

Chayim or Chaim is one of the Hebrew names that can be written as חיים, which means “Living or Life.” This Hebrew name has 13 different variations, which are Feist, Feis, Vei, Feitel, Vidal, Vital, Cheikel, Chayyimka, Chayyimel, Cheyman, Heiman, Hai and Chai.

In the religion of Jewish people, the life of a human is significant for them. Jewish people are doing their best to ensure that even if they die, they will be born again with the presence of the Lord God. This name usually combined to the name of an ill person, because they think that he or she will recover from his or her sickness.

Dan

Dan is a Hebrew name that can be given as the name of the new circumcised young boy that can be written as דן, which means “To Judge.” Dan has 9 different variations, which are Zalka, Tzalka, Zalke, Tzali, Tzalke, Zale, Zalel, Tzalel and Betzaleil.

The name Dan is the name of Jacob’s son, and according to Genesis 30:6 of the Holy Bible, it was stated that the followers of Dan are innumerable, astute and energetic.

Efrayim

Efrayim is a Hebrew term that can be written as אפרים, which means “Fruitful.” This name has 10 different variations, which are Evril, Froimel, Froimka, Froimke, Froim, Efroimel, Efroika, Efroike, Efroimka and Efroimke.

Efrayim is the Jewish boy name derived from the root word “Peri.” Efrayim is the name of Joseph’s son during Biblical times. His land of origin is in the Land of Egypt, and after his birth, his father stated these words, “Go d has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.” Efrayim is very humble and only focuses on his studies with the help of Jacob, his grandfather.

Elijah or Eliyahu

Elijah or Eliyahu is a Hebrew term that can be written as אליהו, which means “My God is Lord.” This Hebrew name has 8 different variations, which are Elinka, Elinke, Elik, Eli, Elye, Elya, Eliyoho and Eliyahu.

The name Eliyahu or Elijah is one of the names of the Prophets during Biblical times. It was stated in the Holy Bible that the man named Eliyahu always attend each brit Milah ceremonies, and will herald the comeback of the Messiah.

Lazarus or Elazar

Lazarus or Elazar is the Hebrew name that you can give to your male child that can be written as אלעזר, which means “God has helped.” This name has five different variations, which are LozirmLozer, Lozor, Elozer, and Elozor.

Some people were confused between the name of Eliezer and Elazar. Ever since these two names think by many people as identical, but it wasn’t. Elazar is the son of Aaron, which is a High Priest during that time, similar to his father, Elazar also becomes a Priest and helps Joshua to conquer and divide the Land of Israel.

Eliezer

Eliezer is a Hebrew term that can be written as אליעזר, which means “My God Helps.” Eliezer has five different variations, which are Lazer, Leizerke, Leizerel, Leizir, and Leizer.

According to the Holy Bible, the name of Eliezer is the name of the servant of Abraham. He became famous through helping Abraham to look for the right wife for Isaac. He came from Damascus family and was persuaded by Abraham to be one of the monotheism. According to The Talmud, Yoma 28b of the Hebrew Bible, when he masters all the teachings of Abraham, he shared it with the other Jewish people.

Elchanan

Elchanan is a Hebrew term that can be written as אלחנן, which has the meaning of “God has graced.” This name consists of 8 different variations, which are Chona, Chone, Choni, Honon, Chanan, Hanan, Elchonon and Elhonon.

Elchaman is one of the family members who wove every curtain hanging in Jerusalem’s Holy Temple. According to the Chronicles I 11:26, the name Elchaman is one of the bravest warriors of the army battalion of King David.

Fishel

Fishel is one of the Yiddish terminologies that can be written as פישל, which means “Fish.” This Yiddish term has seven different variations, which are Vish’l, Feishil, Feishel, Fishil, Fishel, Feish and Fish.

Fishelis name refers to the prayer blessings which Jacob gave to his descendants, according to Genesis 48:16 of the Holy Bible. He stated these words, “May they multiply abundantly like fish, in the midst of the land.” And many Jewish people nowadays use these words to bless their followers during the celebration of Sabbath holiday.

Gad

Gad is one of the Hebrew terminologies that can be written as גד, which means “Troop, Success, and Fortune.” This Gad has the same variations as Fishel, which are Vish’l, Fish, Feishil, Feish, Feishel, Fishil and Fishel.

Gad is the name of Jacob’s son. When Leah gave birth to him, she stated these words, “Luck has come.” She gave his son the nickname of luck.

Gershom

Gershom is a Hebrew word thatcan be written as גרשם, which means “Stranger There.” This Hebrew name for Jewish boy has five different variations, which are Gool, Godil, Godel, Godul, and Gedalvah.

Gershom is the name of the eldest son of Moses. Zipporah, his mom, gave her son the name of Gershome because she stated that, “I was a stranger in a foreign land.” Through this name, he will always remember that he is a stranger in the land of Jewish people — one of the famous sages that have the name of Gershom isRabbeinu Gershom MehorHagola.

Kalonymus

Kalonymus is an Old Greek terminology that can be written as קלונימוס, which has the meaning of “Beautiful name.” It is because the word kalon means beautiful and the word nymus means name. This name has two different variations, which are Kalman andKolonymus.

We can read in one of the verses of Ecclesiastes, particularly in 7:1, it was stated that “A good name id better than good oil.” It is because according to Rashi ad loc, having a good oil is not permanent but having a good name will last forever. According to the Ethics of Our Fathers 4:13, a Rabbi Shimon stated that “There are three types of crowns, the crown of sovereignty, the crown of priesthood and the crown of the Hebrew Bible, but the great name’s crown holds them all.

Levi

Levi is a Hebrew terminology that can be written as לוי, which means “Attached to me.” Levik is the only variation of this Hebrew name.

According to Genesis 29:34 of the Holy Bible, Levi is the name of the third son of Jacob and Leah. As Leah gave birth to their third child, she had lots of children than the mistresses of Jacob, so she thinks that her husband will always be attached to her.

Menachem

Menachem is one of the Hebrew terms that can be written as מנחם, which means from the word “Comforter” to “Comfort.” This Hebrew name has 13 different variations, which are Menkhin, Meni, Menni, Munczia, Mendi, Mendil, Mendel, Menke, Mannkhen, Mannele, Mann, Menahem, and Menacheim.

The name Menachem is the name of the 16thYisrael’s King. This is the name that usually possesses by many male Jewish during the Talmudic time. Menahem and Mendel can be mixed that will give your male child a beautiful name.

Meshulam

Meshulam is a Hebrew word that has the meaning of “Perfect or Paid for” that can be written as משולם. This Hebrew name has six different variations, which are Shulman, Sholom, Shalom, Shil’m, Shulam and Meshulom.

According to The Talmud, Megillah 23a of the Hebrew Bible, during the Biblical days, Zechariah, which is a prophet, was named by the Jewish people as Meshulam because he has the deeds that were considered as perfect.

Conclusion

To sum it up, the Jewish boy names listed above can be the name of your male child after his Brit Milah ceremony. I hope you all like the Jewish names I’ve shared to you today.

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