I noticed a lot of times in the TaNaKh, how children were given specific names for a specific reason.

Take Binyamin for example, his original name at birth was "Benoni" (son of my sorrow) but his father changed it to "son of my right hand".

In fact, each of the Shevatim had their names given for specific reasons.

My question is this: Do children's names (and their meanings) INFLUENCE their character ? Or does the way the child lives REVEAL their name? Rather than getting the name of an aunt or uncle for example.

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    Except for the last paragraph, this is decent question. Also, the Talmud addresses this in Brachos 7a. See here for some more information: download.yutorah.org/2009/1109/735718.pdf – Menachem Jul 6 '14 at 1:47
  • @BenKCohen The name in Hebrew is Dani-Yel actually, not Dani-El. Note the dagesh in the Yod. – Double AA Jul 6 '14 at 2:06

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