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

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Here I asked about the naming of parshat Noach and parshat Toldot. Is there someplace where parsha-naming questions like this are addressed in general, or are answers to individual questions scattere …
asked Oct 27 '11 by Monica Cellio
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My ancestry is not eastern-European, and sometimes when I meet people in a Jewish setting and we introduce ourselves, I'm met with "that's not a Jewish name" (referring to my last name, mostly). I do …
asked Apr 24 '13 by Monica Cellio
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I was taught that the parshiyot are named for the first significant word (or, rarely, phrase) in the parsha, and obviously names have to be unique. This week's parsha begins "eileh toldot Noach" and …
asked Oct 27 '11 by Monica Cellio
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Mi Yodeya. I understand that names sometimes get transformed on their way into English-language discourse (like Yitzchak to Isaac) and I don't know why, but Bilaam to Balaam seems a particularly …
asked Jun 23 '13 by Monica Cellio
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I noticed in B'reishit 38 that Yehudah names his first son Er, but his wife bat Shua names the other two. Yaakov's wives name all of their children (except that Yaakov changes Ben-oni to Binyanim … ). Yitzchak and Yishmael are named by God, and for Esav "they" named him and Yaakov's naming is passive ("his name was"). For the genaeologies we're just given names, not who bestowed them. What is …
asked Nov 27 '12 by Monica Cellio