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

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What does the name אהרון/Aharon mean? [duplicate]

What does the Hebrew name אהרון, or "Aharon" translate as into English? And does that name have any meaning or significance?
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What is the origin for the names of the various trope/cantillation signs?

I would like to know the origin of the names for the various cantillation marks, understanding that there are different names for different notes related 1, 2
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Is there a problem with saying/writing Antiochus Epiphanes?

Inspired by this question: Shulkan Arukh Yoreh De'ah 147 lists the prohibition to mention the name of a foreign deity (see also) Epiphanes means "God Manifest" in Greek. It is unclear to me if ...
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Why don't we refer to Esther by her Hebrew name?

Slightly related to this question Esther's Hebrew name was Hadassah. I understand the use of that name in the Megillah. However in our liturgy including the Al haNissim prayer and other songs and ...
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what happens to documents when name change [duplicate]

if someone changed a name, (got a Jewish name, added a name to his name...) what happens to his/her document for example kesubah, does he need a new kesuba, or the old one is good how about if ...
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Is it allowed to name your son with your name?

I wasn't sure if there exists an issur or minhag to not name your son with your personal name (e.g Shlomo Feivel). I don't think I've ever met a religious Jew with the same name of his father. But I ...
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In the Talmud, who is Plimo?

In Menachos 37a, there is a part which involves someone named "Plimo" (פלימו): בעא מיניה פלימו מרבי מי שיש לו שני ראשים באיזה מהן מניח תפילין א''ל או קום גלי או קבל עלך שמתא Plimo asked Rabbi: ...
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What is a Maggid Meisharim?

I understand there is a work by R' Yosef Karo under the same name. But in the Shemos HaTzaddikim, I find the following name: ר' מענדיל מגיד מישרים דקהלת באר R' Mendel, Maggid Meisharim of the ...
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R' Alexander bar R' Shlomo, “hevio likvurah”?

There is the following name in "Shemos HaTzaddikim": ר' אלכסנדר בר' שלמה, הביאו לקבורה I don't understand what this means. To my understanding, הביאו לקבורה would be "he went to the grave", but ...
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First use of modern names for books of Torah

Today, it is common practice to use Bereshis, Shemos, Vayikra, Bamidbar, Devarim as the names of the five books of the Torah, but this was not always the case. As an example, the Talmud refers to ...
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When Rishonim's title includes “ibn”, is it never his father's name? [closed]

While learning in Yeshiva, we focused also on clarifying our Mesorah. We are medakdek to know the Chachamim that are discussed in each sefer. One Sefer that helps us in clarifying who the Chachamim we ...
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Why identified by the name Og?

Although the Midrash Bereshis Rabbah (42:8) records the story behind the origin of Og's name: וַיָּבֹא הַפָּלִיט (בראשית יד, יג), רֵישׁ לָקִישׁ בְּשֵׁם בַּר קַפָּרָא הוּא עוֹג הוּא פָּלִיט, ...
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Is it allowed to say the country name “El Salvador”?

שולחן ערוך יורה דעה סימן קמ''ז says that it is forbidden to even mention the name of an עבודת כוכבים. Assuming that "Jesus" counts as this, is one allowed to say the name of the country "El Salvador"? ...
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R' Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev - Story About the Surname “Derbaremdiker”

There are descendants of the renown Hasidic rebbe, R' Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev with the surname Derbaremdiker (דערבארעמדיקער) which means "the Merciful One" in Yiddish and refers to Hashem. I once ...
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Sefer for significance of names in Torah

I am looking for a sefer which delineates the significance and meaning of many names in Torah, but more specifically the lists of names, found in Noach, Vayeira, Chayei Sarah, Vayishlach, Vayigash, ...
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The name Beila / Baila - any serious research? [closed]

Edit: I'm looking for information on the Jewish name "Beila", which is relevant to Judaism as name meanings, spellings, and etymologies pertain to both personal and communal religious observances. ...
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Posuk for the name Golda

What posuk for the name Golda is to be said at the end of Shemoneh Esrei? I spell it with an aleph at the end and the Artscroll siddur doesn't have the gimmel, aleph combination.
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Jew with non-Jewish father: maternal grandfather has no Hebrew name; great-grandfather's Hebrew name unknown [duplicate]

Usually, when a Jew's father is not a Jew, the name of the maternal grandfather is used when being called up to Torah. (Source?) But what happens if the maternal grandfather does not have a Hebrew ...
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Jew with parents who do not have Hebrew names

If a person's parents names do not have a Hebrew equivalent, then what do you do when reciting a Mi Shebeirach for them? 1.) Let's suppose the parents are still alive. Would you ask them what they ...
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Is there a connection between the names Feivel and Yona? [closed]

A bit of background. (1) A passenger manifest for an immigrant ancestor has a name which appeared to me to be FOIVL or FEIVL. Multiple people have looked at it, and all agree the first letter is an ...
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When did usage of “Hashem” to refer to G-d gain traction?

It seems as though virtually all seforim (especially those written by Acharonim and earlier) refer to G-d as either Hakodosh Boruch Hu or Ribono Shel Olom, and never as "Hashem." Similarly, I don't ...
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Why were Sifrei Tanach renamed?

Chazal give the following list of names for books of Tanach (Bava Basra 14b): תנו רבנן סדרן של נביאים יהושע ושופטים שמואל ומלכים ירמיה ויחזקאל ישעיה ושנים עשר A Braisa states: The order of the ...
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How long have Jewish Converts been adding “V'Sarah” to their Hebrew names? Is this Proper? Expected?

At Shul I notice that some converts have names such as "Yoseph Ben Avraham V'Sarah" and some have just "Yoseph Ben Avraham". Are both correct? Is this something new (ish)?
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Is anything known of יהודא בן טיטוס?

In Yerushalmi Bikkurim 11b(end) a person by the name יהודא בן טיטוס is mentioned. I would like to know if this person is the son of the famed roman emperor Titus (unlikely as that may be) or if any ...
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In Exodus 3:14 is there a linguistic relationship between the Tetragrammaton and the “to be” and what is that linguistic relationship?

In other words, is Exodus 3:14 suggesting that the Tetragrammaton is a form of the verb "to be"? Can someone explain the linguistic path from the Tetragrammaton to the verb, "to be"?
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Why is Uzzah's name spelled differently

In 2 Shmuel chapter 6 Uzzah's name is spelled alternatively with an ending aleph (v. 3,6) or heh (v 7,8). What is the explanation for this change? Note that in the recounting in 1 Divrei HaYamim 13 ...
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Explanation for the name Rebbi Nechunya ben HaKaneh

Is there an explanation the Tanna Rebbi Nechunya's surname ben "HaKaneh" - son of the reed?
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Why is the Yod smaller in Pinchas' name in Bamidbar 25:11?

Pinchas is mentioned several times in the Tanach but in the pasuk Bamidbar 25:11 this is the only time the 'yod' in his name is diminished in size. I don't know if every manuscript has this anomaly. ...
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Why was it necessary for Hashem to append his name to the Levi'im?

Rashi to Bamidbor 26 (5) commenting on the words מִשְׁפַּחַת הַחֲנֹכִי says: the family of the Hanochites: Heb. מִשְׁפַּחַת הַחֲנֹכִי. Since the nations were denigrating them and saying, “How can ...
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Why the extra “בֶן” in חֲנַנְיָה's name?

The Mishna in Shabbos (1:4) references חֲנַנְיָה בֶן חִזְקִיָּה בֶן גֻּרְיוֹן, with two בֶן's, but when referenced in Menachos (45a): אמר רב זכור אותו האיש לטוב וחנינא בן חזקיה שמו the Tanna's ...
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Which foreign names did Jews associate with Hebrew names, and why?

A famous Medrash appears in slightly different versions in Lev Rabbah 32:05 and Songs Rabbah 4:12. The Medrah praises the Jews of the Egyptian slavery for certain attributes, such as their retention ...
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Are all fish in Tanach merely called “דג”?

A friend of mine told me that with the exception of the Leviasan, everything we might colloquially call "fish" nowadays are merely called "דג" (or "דגה" if its female) in Tanach. I asked several ...
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How Come Noah's wife's name is not recorded in the Bible

Adam wife was Eve, Abrahams wife was Sarah. Etc. But how come the Bible never records Noahs wife's name? Do any scholars know if it's recorded elsewhere?
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Ruth/Rus - name for convert or anyone?

Ruth (or Rus, depending on pronunciation and transliteration) is very common for converts, which makes sense. For non-converts (i.e., for naming a girl born to a Jewish mother) it looks like many ...
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Where does it come from to call the founder of Christianity yashka padrik [duplicate]

There are many people that say we shouldnt even say his actual name but where does it come from to call him yashkah padrik.
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Theodor name for a baby

We are expecting to have our first baby and my husband really likes the name Theodor (after Theodor Herzl) but I read it is not a Jewish name (it is Greek). Is it appropriate to name a child after a ...
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Why would people assume that “Afriki” is Africa?

Follow up on this question. Other than the name being similar to the English one, why would one assume that אפריקי in the Gemara has anything to do with Africa? The names are similar, but is there ...
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Did Rabbi Akiva Go To Africa?

The Gemara in Rosh Hashana 26a says: ואמר רבי עקיבא כשהלכתי לאפריקי... Rabbi Akiva said: when I went to Afriki Is this referring to the continent of Africa? Was Africa in this time period ...
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Is a convert allowed to keep the name of an Avodah Zarah?

If a convert to Judaism has the name of an Avodah Zarah, is he or she obligated to change it? For example, there are many Hindus today that have the names of Hindu gods such as Lakhshmi, Shiva, and ...
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Why is the day after yom tov referred to as isru chag?

Why is the day after yom tov referred to as isru chag? I assume it has something to do with the possuk in tehillim 118:27, where this phrase appears, but I know no further. Any ideas? The earlier the ...
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Why the name Talia ('the dew of God')

The name Talia comes from 'the dew of God' according to the Wikipedia page. I think I am mostly bothered why someone would choose to name a person 'the dew of God.' Does the concept "God's dew" have ...
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Foreign gods names without intention?

It is forbidden to say foreign gods names or even to cause other to say them (see Shemot 23, 13 and Sanhedrin 63b). What about saying the word without intention for a deity? For example, (1) a lot ...
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Why do we need to know שעשגז's name?

Why does מגילת אסתר make a point of telling us that the סריס המלך שומר הפילגשים was called שעשגז?
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Is there a halachic prohibition with naming a child Iyov?

I've heard that it's not good to name after someone who has suffered bad mazel, but are there any halachic prohibitions against it? It apparently means "persecuted" but Miriam means "bitter" so they ...
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Why is the chag not Goralot?

The Megillah says the chag is named after the Persian "Pur" (Esther 9:26 - language identified in Targum Sheini to 3:7). Why is it not named "Goralot," in Hebrew, like the other chagim?
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Hebrew name of a convert with a Jewish father? [closed]

I technically was not born Jewish as my mother didn't convert until I was about ten. At that time I also underwent a ritual conversion. However, I've always assumed my Hebrew name should end in Ben ...
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Samu'el meaning

I already knew the following meanings of the name שמואל Shmuel/Samuel: Name of G-d or G-d has heard. But then I came across the word sam שם meaning something like to put, to appoint (over). Could ...
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What happens at an adult brit?

I have never attended an adult (usually a result of conversion, but not necessarily) brit. I am curious what parts of the ceremony are different from what occurs during a baby's brit. For example: Is ...
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Question on Me'am Lo'ez source

In the English translation of Me'am Loez, Shemos, Ki Thisa, Chapter 10, verse 33.11, the Meam Loez explains why Yehoshua was named bin Nun, and not ben Nun. He says that when Joshua's name was changed ...
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My mother's Hebrew (Yiddish?) name was Alta Simis. I know Alta means old but I can't find the name Simis. What does it mean? [closed]

My mother's Hebrew (Yiddish?) name was Alta Simis. I know Alta means old. What does Simis mean and why Jewish practicant people did give this name to girls?