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Jewish and Hebrew Baby Name
Finding a Name for your Child -- Boy or Girl

Index of Names and their Meanings for Boys

Index of Names and their Meanings for Girls

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The Importance of Naming in Jewish Tradition

Like the other monotheistic religions, Judaism emphasizes the importance of finding an appropriate name for your child. In the Hebrew Bible in particular and in Jewish tradition generally, a person's name reflects his or her character. Also, in the act of naming, parents connect their children to the traditions of the past, and in so doing, literally bring those traditions to life. In the act of naming, the parents are also making a statement about the future and express their hope for what their child will become.

According to Anita Diamant in What to Name Your Jewish Baby, "Like Adam's appointed task of giving names to all living things in Eden, naming is an exercise of power and creativity." 

For these reasons, Jewish parents often invest considerable thought in choosing a name for a child.

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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and author of Faith, Science and the Future, published in 1994 by CrossCurrents Press. He is also the author of God and Science (John Knox / Westminster, 1986) which he is now rewriting to incorporate more recent developments in the conversation taking place between scientists and theologians. He has also written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Commonweal, The Christian Century and others.

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