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Questions about the purpose, meaning, halachos (rules), etc. of names.

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Why seven names for Jethro?

Jethro was called by 7 names in the Tanach. Rashi summarizes: שֶׁבַע שֵׁמוֹת נִקְרְאוּ לוֹ: רְעוּאֵל, יֶתֶר, יִתְרוֹ, חוֹבָב, חֶבֶר, קֵינִי, פּוּטִיאֵל He was called by seven names: Reuel, Jether, ...
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Where are the 24 places that Kohanim are called Leviim?

In numerous places the gemara quotes Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Levi as saying there are 24 places that Kohanim are called Leviim, but the gemara only ever quotes the pasuk in Yechezkel 44 15. See for ...
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Different names for the same person in Tanach [duplicate]

The Tanach frequently tells us that somebody's name was changed, by God or people (Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Joseph, Jethro, etc.), for a stated reason. But the Sages added that some latter-day biblical ...
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What is the reasoning behind Avshalom's name

Why was Avshalom named so. It's kind of ironic that his name means "my father is peace", no? Any ideas?
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Is there a name in Hebrew that means “God is my portion” [closed]

Is there a name in Hebrew that means "God is my portion"? When I google translate I get אלוהים הוא החלק שלי which I have no idea how to say.
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What is the source for: One shouldn't name a baby using names from before Abraham

I've heard or I've been taught one shouldn't name a baby (or take a name, in the case of a ger) from names in the Torah before Abraham, namely Adam, Noah etc. This makes sense to me, as Abraham is the ...
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Ruach Hakodesh when Naming a Child for an Ancestor?

The Arizal says that parents having a certain level of ruach hakodesh when naming their child. Sha’ar HaGilgulim (23:8) - ונמצא כי כאשר נולד האדם וקוראים לו אביו ואמו שם אחד העולה בדעתם אינו באקראי ...
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Why the capital S?

When many write Hashem's name, they write it with the capital S. Why? And if one must capitalize a letter, why do we capitalize the S?
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What is the connection between Lavan and Lavan?

We all know Lavan was a bad person. He tried to kill Yaakov, he enslaved Yaakov, tried to cheat Yaakov out of his wages, he gave Yaakov the wrong wife, and many more. We even begin the hagaddah with a ...
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Why are the sun and moon not named during creation?

During the 6 days of creation, many things are made and named (sky, grass, seeds, water, land, stars) but the sun and moon are referred to only as the lights/luminaries (Ber 1:16) וַיַּ֣עַשׂ ...
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Why Hillel and Shammai are called “the Elder”?

Both Hillel and Shammai are referred to by the Mishna as "the Elder". Age: according to WIKI, Hillel lived to 120, but Shammai only to 80. Also, other Tannayim lived longer than 80 (R' ...
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Do you know what the name Edja means and is it commonly associated with a certain Hebrew name? [closed]

My family is trying to figure out some details for my grandmother's headstone. Her Hebrew name is forgotten, she went by Edith for as long as I've known her but her Polish name was Edja. I can't find ...
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Does Shemot 23:13 literally mean Marvel & DC Comics are forbidden?

Does Shemot 23:13 literally mean Marvel & DC Comics are forbidden? "and the name of the gods of others you shall not mention; it shall not be heard through your mouth." ( וְשֵׁ֨ם ...
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Is there an agreed upon number of names for Hashem or is there no clear answer?

I've read different sources which give different answers for how many names Hashem has. I have read sources which define the 7 holy names which cannot be erased once written. I have read sources ...
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What does the Hebrew name Kohath/קהת mean?

While reading this Apocryphal book about the sons of Yisrael (Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs: Book of Levi Verses 51-52) it is stated that קהת means "beginning of majesty and instruction&...
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What does the name Sheftel mean? [closed]

It seems that "Sheftel" is a name most commonly used by Jews, and has been used by some contemporary Rabbinic figures in America, but I haven't come across its origin yet. What does the name ...
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What does the word “גֹּשֶׁן‎” mean?

Reading this week's Torah portion (וַיִּגַּ֨שׁ), amongst the various storylines The Israelites moved and dwelt in the land of Goshen. What does the name גֹּשֶׁן‎ mean? Is there a connection between ...
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What was and who were Bath-Sheva's or Bath-Shua's Name and Children with David and Uriah?

What was and who were Bath-Sheva's or Bath-Shua's Name and Children with David and Uriah? Divrei Hayamim I - I Chronicles - Chapter 3:5 And these were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, and Shobab, ...
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Did Nathan HaNavi exaggerate the numbers of captains invited?

Did Nathan HaNavi exaggerate the numbers of captains invited? In 1 Kings 1:19, Bath-Sheba (under the coaching of Nathan HaNavi) reported to King David that Adonijah invited, among others, "the ...
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What is the significance of leaving out the suffix-“vav” and/or adding it to אֲדֹנִיָּה?

What is the significance of leaving out the suffix-"vav" and/or adding it to the name אֲדֹנִיָּה? Of the 15 times the name of the antagonist or bad character is mentioned in 1 Kings 1, three ...
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What became of Chileab ben David HaMelekh?

What became of Chileab ben David HaMelekh? Shmuel II - II Samuel - Chapter 3:3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the ...
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Who is this person named “Rei” in the Haftarah of Parashat Chayei Sarah?

Who is this person named "Rei" in the Haftarah of Parashat Chayei Sarah? Melachim I - I Kings - Chapter 1:8 And Zadok the priest and Benaiahu the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, ...
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Sheva and Dedan

Is there any connection between Sheva and Dedan, sons of Yokshan ben Avraham (Beresheet 25:3, Divrei Hayamim 1:1:32) and Sheva and Dedan, sons of Ra'ama ben Cush (Beresheet 10:7)?
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Would it be problematic if I adopted my middle name David as my last name?

My middle name is David. If I were to adopt a pseudonym (pen name) where my middle name is used as my last name, would that be offensive or otherwise objectionable to Jewish people? Obviously someone ...
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Hatzlelponi and Tzelelponit

In Bamidbar Rabbah 10:5 it says that Shimshon's mother was called Hatzlelponi: "אִמֵּיהּ דְּשִׁמְשׁוֹן הַצְלֶלְפּוֹנִי שְׁמָהּ, וְהִיא מְיֻחֶסֶת עַל שֵׁבֶט יְהוּדָה, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דברי הימים א ד, ...
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Elkanah as a given name

Regarding the name "Elkanah" (Shmuel haNavi's father in Tanach), I have been unable to find its use as a given name among Jews from any period of history, including today. For example, I ...
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Original Nikud for Raphael?

רָפָאֵל or רְפָאֵל What is the original nikud? I have seen some variation before and wonder if the name should begin with Kamatz or Sheva? Thank you for any help you can give.
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Did Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi learn the Angel of Death's personal name?

I recently heard that when Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi was in Paradise he learned the personal name of the Angel of Death/Satan. Can anyone provide a source for this claim? In Ketubot 77b it is written: &...
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What does the name “Sirach” mean?

The apocryphal text dubbed "Eccleasiaticus" (also known as The Book of Sirach) is purported to be written by a man by the name of Ben Sira or Shimon ben Yeshua ben Eliezer ben Sira. I was ...
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What age was Avraham's name change?

As we know Avraham was changed from Avram. Does anyone know how old Avraham was when he got his name change?
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What is the most-shared name in the Torah? In Tanach?

A previous question noted that there are three distinct individuals named Amihud mentioned in the Torah, and at least one more in Divrei Hayamim. When I noticed this phenomenon in the Torah, it made ...
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Why is Bat-sheva called Bat-shua?

Why is Bat-sheva bat Eliam called Bat-shua bat Amiel in Divrei Hayamim 1:3:5? The commentaries Sefaria brings merely state that the names (both Bat-sheva/Bat-shua and Eliam/Amiel) are interchangeable, ...
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Why Is A Parasha Named after Korach?

Proverbs 10:7 states, "The name of the wicked shall rot." In the Talmud (Yoma 38b) Rabbi Elazar comments on this by saying, "It means that decay will spread on their names, meaning that ...
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May one say G-d's name before washing netilat yadayim?

May one say the word "G-d" or "Hashem" before washing his hands in the morning? For example, to say daily affirmations before getting out of bed.
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Why did Egyptian and Babylonian officials change Jewish names?

For example, in Divrei Hayamim Beth 36:4, the king of Egypt crowned Eliakim over Judah and Jerusalem, and he changed his name to Jehoiakim. In Melachim Beth 24:17 the king of Babylonia crowned ...
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Why skip wife's name in invitations?

Although there is certainly a wide range of 'customs' regarding this question, why do some Orthodox communities skip the wife's first name in invitations saying: "Mr. and Mrs. [Husband First and ...
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Mashiach or Moshiach? [closed]

I have seen the word Mashiach spelled with an “o” and sometimes with an “a”. Is there are a difference? Does it matter?
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Was Yisro called by his 7 names?

Rashi to Shemos 18:1 lists 7 names that Yisro had. Was he called by all these names? For example if he would've gotten an Aliyah would he be called up by all 7 names? (Here is a source that Yisro ...
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Why is the name “Tre Asar” in Aramaic?

All the books of Tanach are either named after a person, or are given a Hebrew name, except for Tre Asar, which is Aramaic. One would have expected the Hebrew title Shinem Asar, and indeed it is ...
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Why does Yitzchak's name mean to laugh if he represents gevurah?

Why does Yitzchak's name mean to laugh if he represents gevurah? Gevurah is something that is restrained and hold back. And laughter is something which breaks out of the chains and feels more free.
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hebrew name for someone who was never given one [duplicate]

There is a person whose parents never gave a Hebrew name. What should be done in terms of giving that person a new name now? Can anyone give the name? Can the person choose a name? Is there a special ...
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Naming after a person that dies from Coronavirus

Many people do not name after a person that passed away in an accident, was killed or died young.* Is there an issue with naming after someone who dies from the Coronavirus, which is an epidemic, and ...
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Why does the Pasuk say אִיּ֣וֹב שְׁמ֑וֹ?

My Artscroll Megillat Esther has a commentary on the words וּשְׁמ֣וֹ מָרְדֳּכַ֗י (Esther 2:5) And his name was Mordecai that whenever a righteous person is introduced, scripture says the word שְׁמוֹ ...
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Why is the word Purim in plural?

Esther 9:26: עַל־כֵּ֡ן קָֽרְאוּ֩ לַיָּמִ֨ים הָאֵ֤לֶּה פוּרִים֙ עַל־שֵׁ֣ם הַפּ֔וּר Therefore, these days are called Purim (in plural) after the name of the Pur (lot - in singular). There seems to ...
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Ben David and ben Yoseph not describing the herritage

Is it possible that the titles ‘ben David’ and ‘ben Yoseph’ do not refer to blood kinship or origin, but serve as a reference to the fact that someone possesses certain qualities, traits, abilities or ...
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Naming a Child is it a zchus?

I've once heard that naming a child after a person is a zchus for that person's neshoma. I cannot find a mention of this. I'm not asking about the influence the name has on the child, or cultural ...
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What is the etymology of the name Jesse?

I can find multiple possible etymologies for the name Jesse/יִשַׁי Yishai: "King" "Wealth/Abundance" "G-d's gift" "G-d Exists" [From יש Yesh ("there is&...
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Naming Jews after both father and mother

A Jew is traditionally named after his father -- for example, Yonah ben Yonatan, except for a mishebberach when he is sick, when he is named after his mother -- for example, Yonah ben Sarah. But some ...
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Yitro's Daughters

Tzipporah is one of 7 daughters of Yitro according to Sh'mot 2:16 וּלְכֹהֵ֥ן מִדְיָ֖ן שֶׁ֣בַע בָּנ֑וֹת וַתָּבֹ֣אנָה וַתִּדְלֶ֗נָה וַתְּמַלֶּ֙אנָה֙ אֶת־הָ֣רְהָטִ֔ים לְהַשְׁק֖וֹת צֹ֥אן אֲבִיהֶֽן׃ I ...
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Why do English translations use the name “Eve” rather than “Chava”?

When the Bible is translated into English, most Hebrew names are simply transliterated into Roman characters. In a few cases though, a completely different name is used. In the case of Hadassah/...

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