A baby's name is the first gift we give them, so it's important to be thoughtful about it. Sometimes, the perfect name is a short and sweet one — and it's surprising how much meaning a one-syllable…name can pack. (In fact, one of the Hebrew words for gifts is Shay, which is itself a beautiful, one-syllable name.) So if you're in the process of naming your child, or helping others with a baby name, I would encourage you to peruse this list of lovely one-syllable names. After all, everyone knows the best… >> Read More
With names like Kulture, Cricket, and Blue Ivy, there seems to be an unspoken rule among celebrities that newborns must be given obscure names. Like the trendsetters they are, the general population…has begun to follow suit. And sure, a unique name that has no association with anyone else offers the opportunity for a child to create their own legacy. But what about carrying on the legacies of our ancestors? At a time when everyone is seeking to stand out and make a name for themselves, it can… >> Read More
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