You may remember the parents who named their kids Adolf Hitler.
And no, I'm not talking about Hitler's parents, I'm talking about parents who live in the U.S. right now. Isidore Heath Campbell…and his then-wife Deborah named one of their children Adolf Hitler. A few years ago, JTA reported that Campbell showed up to court regarding custody over his youngest son, Heinrich Hons, then 2, in full Nazi regalia. Campbell and his then-wife lost custody, largely stemming from an incident involving their local supermarket. The supermarket refused… >> Read More
Naming a baby is probably one of the hardest things for a new parent to do, especially considering it comprises a person's identity and personality long before they can even walk and talk. For Jewish…families, there are rules (which you can read here), but even with the traditions, there are so many options. Recently, writer Lauren Collins, expecting her first baby, wrote an essay about how choosing a name is harder than you realize it'll be--especially since everyone from your hairdresser to grandmother will give you advice, wanted or… >> Read More
We're officially halfway done with 2017, meaning that it's time to start taking stock of the year's biggest baby names--and we've figured out which Jewish names are the popular baby names, according…to Nameberry’s list. It seems that Jewish baby names for girls are on the decline, while names for boys seem to be on the rise--although we can't say why this is. Asher, for instance, is the top baby name for boys, whereas Charlotte makes the top three (although Charlotte is technically not a Jewish-only name--but… >> Read More
What to name your baby is always a huge topic of debate–some days, you may be really feeling one name, while the next, you might hate it. Trends, of course, come and go with the times, so instead…of choosing by trends, it could be interesting to choose a name loosely based around the season your baby is born. Of course, don’t forget to check out our baby naming guide while you’re at it in order to get more inspiration. Here are some Jewish names we really like that could be perfect for a summer… >> Read More
I took a poll of my friends when I was still pregnant. We run in an observant crowd in Manhattan, and most of our friends have the kinds of names you’d find multiple times over at your Jewish…summer camp. Adams and Davids, Elianas and Yaels. My husband and I both have normal “American” names, so I asked them, “Did you mind having a "Jewy" name? As a doctor/lawyer/whatever the heck you are now, working in a secular world, do you wish you had changed it? Most of them said yes. They minded.… >> Read More