Being Jewish in 2018 often means toggling between a live-in-the-moment secular culture and a set of ancient rituals and traditions. It’s never easy (Friday night — drinks with friends or Shabbat…dinner?) but there’s one aspect we don’t talk about enough: baby names! When so many of your friends’ kids get to be Venus or Kylo, traditional Jewish names can feel limiting. Don’t worry, though. For generations, American Jews have handled this by giving their kids a Hebrew name for religious ritual, and a secular, American… >> Read More
Once again, it's that time of the year! The Social Security Administration just released the most popular baby names of 2017.
Many of the top names seem very much inspired by today's celebrity…culture, including the number-one girls' name, Emma, possibly after Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone. Also super popular: Ava, after famous movie director Ava Duvarnay (Selma and A Wrinke in Time) and the top boys' name, Liam, which, as Time posits, could be after either the One Direction singer Liam Payne, actor Liam Neeson, or actor and… >> Read More
If you're looking to find some baby name inspiration, celebrating your family is not just a traditional approach — it's also an awesome one, considering grandparents are totally cool. This is why…we rounded up the most popular Jewish baby names of the 1930s. We took a look at the Social Security Administration’s official list of the 200 most popular names of 1930s (what a time to grow up!). From this list, we rounded up some of the most popular Jewish names — and honestly, they’re clearly favorites for… >> Read More
Let's face it: Grandparents are among the coolest people on the planet. And if you're interested in honoring your elders in a Jewish way, we we rounded up the most popular Jewish baby names of the…1920s. We took a look at the Social Security Administration’s official list of the 200 most popular names of the decade that's known as the Jazz Age. From this list, we rounded up some of the most popular Jewish names — and honestly, they’re clearly favorites for a reason. And if you’re in need of more inspiration,… >> Read More
Comedian and late-night host Seth Meyers announced that he and his wife, Alexi Ashe, just welcomed their second son, Axel Strahl Meyers. On his show Monday night, he revealed how the baby was born…quickly on Sunday — so quickly, in fact, that he was delivered on the floor of their Manhattan apartment building lobby. Intense stuff. But perhaps the most poignant detail of Meyers' story is how their newborn is named in honor Ashe's grandparents, who survived the Holocaust: We named him Axel because it’s just a name… >> Read More