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Masculine names such as Daniel, Joseph, and Michael have feminized forms: Danielle/Daniela, Josephine/Josephina, Michelle/Michaela/Mikayla.

I've heard that when choosing a name for a baby, you would look up a particular Torah portion, depending on the baby's birthday.

But, on a more general note, what is the commonality of religious Jews feminizing masculine Biblical names if they have a baby girl? Obviously there is no prohibition against this (that I know of), but I have never heard of religious Jews feminizing common Biblical names which are originally masculine, although this is common among Christians: Josephine (Joseph) and Joanna (John). Do Jews ever do this?

Maybe it's just me, but I've never heard of there being a Josephina among religious Jews.
Why don't religious Jews ever feminize names?

Even if the Biblical character is male, you're naming the child after their characteristics, values, morals, etc,...

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Related: mi.yodeya.com/q/17297 –  Isaac Moses Sep 10 '13 at 0:54
    
You are mistaken: (even religious) Jews do this all the time. Is that really the extent of the question? –  Seth J Sep 10 '13 at 3:11
    
I named my sweet little girl, "Eliana" the feminine of Eliyahoo... –  user3244 Sep 12 '13 at 14:00
    
Those names aren't really related... –  Double AA Sep 12 '13 at 14:35
    
The chasam sofer called his daughter 'simcha' a masculine name. It seems that names are really interchangeable. What is more interesting is that once given they cannot be changed. A man phoned up the hospital and by mistake was told he had a daughter. It being almost shabbos he decided to give the child a name on the shabbos. He gave the name 'devorah'. This boy is now stuck with it all his life. –  5780 Sep 12 '13 at 21:59
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The question is:

on a more general note, what is the commonality of religious Jews feminizing masculine Biblical names if they have a baby girl? Obviously there is no prohibition against this (that I know of), but I have never heard of religious Jews feminizing common Biblical names which are originally masculine, although this is common among Christians: Josephine (Joseph) and Joanna (John). Do Jews ever do this?

And, assuming they don't:

Why don't religious Jews ever feminize names?

Well, they do. I know a Yaakova and a Davida, and there are also people named Yosefa and so on. (As I've noted elsewhere, though, I've never heard of a Titzchak, Taakov, Mosha, or Emraham.)

I can't speak to "commonality", as sought. I don't think anyone has ever (in modern times) gathered statistics of baby names among religious Jews.

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My daughter is a "Davita". I still consider a feminization of David, even if I chose to spell it with a "t". In Hebrew, it keeps the two dalets and then looks more like David. –  Mike Nov 15 '13 at 3:22
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