Many of us dislike winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to celebrate it — and that’s especially true if you are having a baby during these chilly months.
So why not celebrate both the season and your bundle of joy? These are our top picks for Jewish baby names that are (loosely) inspired by winter.
And, while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out our baby naming guide for even more inspiration.
Here’s some favorites:
1. Jesse. Jesse is a Hebrew boys’ name meaning “gift.” In a season where many give presents (hello, Hanukkah!), it couldn’t be a more apt name. After all, every person — child or adult — is a gift.
2. Shai. Shai, like Jesse, is a Hebrew name meaning “gift,” although it is unisex.
3. Avishai. Avishai is similar to Jesse and Shai, but means “gift of my father.” It is typically a Hebrew name for boys.
4. Eliora. Eliora is a Hebrew name for girls meaning “the Lord is my light.” Hanukkah, of course, is the festival of lights — and light is something everyone needs during the season of short days. You can also use Eli for short.
5. Zev. Zev is a Hebrew name for boys meaning “wolf.” Since wolves often in live in cold climates, why not choose a name that exemplifies strength in the face of adversity?
6. Zohar. Zohar is a Hebrew name for boys meaning “light.”
7. Uriel. Uriel is a Hebrew name for boys meaning “God is my light.” Uriel is also the name of an angel in Jewish tradition.
8. Raphael. Raphael is a Hebrew boy name meaning “healing of God.” Raphael is also the name of an angel in Jewish tradition. Given that winter is a period of rest and rejuvenation, it’s a perfect fit.
9. Kochava. Kochava is a Hebrew girl name meaning “star.” Clearly, there’s a light theme going on here…
10. Ziva. Ziva is a Hebrew girl name meaning “light.”