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What Does Your Name Mean in the Bible?
November 27, 2014

Every name is rooted somewhere in the holy words of the Bible.

“Give us your name and we will give you a Hebrew one,” said the Outreach Coordinator of Israel365, Aliza Abrahamovitz, in conversation with Breaking Israel News. “We find the Hebrew name for everyone who requests it,” Abrahamovitz said, while talking about the newest service that the organization provides.

Connecting to the Bible via a Hebrew name is becoming increasingly popular among avid Bible lovers. There is no better way to personally connect to the ancient, holy words of the Bible.

For example, some benefactors have expressed a new-found connection to the Biblical characters whose names they share, much to their surprise.

“I was always drawn to that character, and now I know why,” said one individual who shares his newfound Hebrew name with one of the major figures in the Bible. “Finding out that I share my Hebrew name with my favorite Biblical character has an empowering effect on me and has given me someone to emulate.”

Finding someone’s Hebrew name, when they have a name given in a different language often involves quite a lot of research and intense work.

“Sometimes there are exact equivalents,” says Abrahamovitz. “In the cases where there is no exact equivalent we research the meaning of the given name and then find a Hebrew name with a corresponding meaning, and in the cases where there is no corresponding Hebrew name we will give the name of the character in the Bible who most adequately represents the characteristic of the given name.”

In cases where the Biblical roots of the name are unknown, the Hebrew letters of the original given name are used to find a Hebrew name that closely sounds like the original name. For example, Diana can be Dina.

In addition to helping people discover their Hebrew names, Israel365 sends each person a certificate in either an electronic or hard-copy format. On the certificate a passage from the Bible that is associated with the name is inscribed, and laid it out on a beautiful setting.

Learn the Meaning of your name!

The given English name is printed on the top, followed by the newly attributed Hebrew name spelled both in Hebrew and transliterated into English as well. Just below the names appears the explanation of the name and the passage.

“We have found that the Hebrew Name Certificate is really growing in popularity. It makes a great gift idea, and we provide the service for babies as well. We have a specially adapted certificate for children that can be hung in a child’s room,” says Abrahamovitz.

“One of the most rewarding moments I have is whenever I get surprised by finding out that a seemingly unconnected name is actually rooted in Hebrew,” she explained. “And it is always rewarding to help someone reconnect to where their name came from, reconnect to their roots.”

The Hebrew Name Certificate project is aimed at doing just that, reconnecting to one’s roots.

“Often people name their children without knowing what the name really means, just because they like the sound of the name. When we find out the corresponding Hebrew name it can become even more inspirational,” she said.

Abrahamovitz also used as an example the name Ivan, which she claims means ‘Archer’. In Hebrew the corresponding name would be Keshet, which is another term for Rainbow in Hebrew.

Here a seemingly meaningless name pointing to perhaps an old family trade or skill takes on an entirely different meaning with a biblical outlook, pointing towards the symbol that God used to express his covenant of peace and prosperity to Noah, after he left the ark.

“When we trace the name back to its Hebrew and Biblical roots, it gives a whole new level of relevance and meaning for people and that can help inspire them in their everyday lives,” said Abrahamovitz.

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20 Comments

  1. What does the name Daisy mean, usually it is The Days Eye??

    • Hi!
      Thanks for your question. Yes, the name of the flower Daisy originates from the Old English for “day’s eye”. While Daisy is not a common Hebrew name, the Bible does includes the names of many other beautiful flowers.

  2. Good Day! I would like to ask what does the name Rosene means in the Bible?

    Thank you ! !

  3. Shabbat Shalom,

    I would like to learn the meaning of my name, my Hebrew name.
    Thank you,
    Janice Dawn Gibb

  4. Hi I KNOW that I am of the Hebrew family because HASHEM has told me in my sleep but I would love to know what it is in the Hebrew what it means also? I have been getting emails from you for about 5 years now and I truly love getting them to it keeps up to date on the real news of what is truly going on in my Father’s land and my Father is. ( H SHM ) the only one and true GOD none other. Yeshua is not GOD but is truly his SON. With who I àm truly grateful that he fulfilled his FATHER’S plans that we all mite be saved only if they truly walk in the true path of HIS son às was set before us all so that we mite be saved. I just wish that everyone could see what the word truly said about us all being of oñe family not being lots of family’s.

  5. I would love to know my Hebrew name and meaning! I’m not sure about buying the certificate at this time.

  6. Shalom.. what is my hebrew name for Julie?
    Thank you 😉

    • Shalom Julie, your Hebrew name is Yaffa (ya-FAH). Wear your Hebrew name with pride with our Hebrew name jewelry!

  7. What is my Hebrew name?

  8. what does the name harold canfield mean isthe name jewish yes or no. thank you in gods name.

  9. Shalom… I don’t think I want to do the payment thing. what does the name SHONEI mean?

  10. Hi, my name is quiet different. Can you translate the meaning of my name in hebrew? and what does it mean. Thank you.

  11. What is the Hebrew name for Teri? I would like to know before I purchase anything?

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