I never heard of a Jew named Lot. Are there not any? Why not? What did Lot do that disqualifies him?

His righteousness and (exaggerated) hospitality allowed him to be spared the fate of Sodom. The angels he hosted defended him from the mob. His incest with his daughters was entirely his daughters' doing. He even observed Pessah before the Exodus! [Genesis Rabbah 48:12]

You can probably find ways to pick on him, but then so can you about any biblical figure. So why is Lot banned from the list of acceptable Jewish names?

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    @DonielF -- That question was really about the names of Talmudic rabbis, not biblical figures. Besides, I am focusing on Lot. Nov 14 '19 at 5:26
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    What about that part where he offered his daughters to be raped?
    – mroll
    Nov 14 '19 at 5:53
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    If we can have a famous rabbi named Yishma'el, we can have people named Lot. Feel free.
    – rosends
    Nov 14 '19 at 11:15
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    Yishmael did tshuvah and acknowledged Yitzchak as the rightful heir at the burial of Avraham. Lot never did tshuvah. Nov 14 '19 at 12:21
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    Imagine yourself as one of the daughters of Lot. Your own father offers you for rape, see you as property, and all for two strangers he never met. Its no wonder Jewish mothers refuses to name their sons after this man!
    – Turk Hill
    Nov 14 '19 at 15:59

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