Hebrew Names

Hello! Some of you might remember my last post, when I was discussing an English name for my 4th. We have decided to go with Dalia Alina, and now it's time to start thinking about her Hebrew name.

For anyone who doesn't know what a Hebrew name is, it is the name that Dalia will be Bat Mitzvahed under, the name they go by in Hebrew school, and, more important currently, the name she will recieve during her Baby Naming ceremony (the girl version of a Bris, minus the circumsision). We have already chosen a few possible names, and we are NOT looking for any suggestions. 

My older childrens Hebrew names are listed below with the English transliteration, pronunciation, Hebrew lettering, and what it means:

Elliot - Yonatan (Yo-Na-Tan). It means "God has given". The Hebrew lettering is: יוֹנָתָן

Silas - Amichai (Am-ee-kai). It means "My people are alive". The Hebrew lettering is:


Miles - Elior (l-e-or). It means "My god is my light". The Hebrew lettering is:אֱלִיאוֹר


For Dalia, we are thinking of the Hebrew name Tikva (Tick-vah) which means "Hope" and the Hebrew lettering is:


Keren (Pronounced like Karen but with an E) which means "Ray of light" and the Hebrew lettering is:קֶרֶן, or Herut (eh-root) which means freedom and the Hebrew letttering is:



Based on the meaning, pronunciation, and how the letters look, which do you think would fit best?  


February 10, 2019 4:22 AM

Keren.  Tikva/h would be my next choice

February 9, 2019 4:36 PM

I like Tikva.  I like that it's different but I could still correctly say it without an explanation. I assume, since she'll be going to Hebrew school, that she'll be surrounded by people with more knowledge of Hebrew than I, but until I got to your explanation, I wasn't sure how you say Keren and that always makes me take a step back.  

I appreciate the meanings of all three names, but Herut just doesn't do anything for me.  

I am so excited that you chose a name!  I like Dalia.  I was wondering what you would pick!

February 11, 2019 12:24 PM

(Important to note, I can't read Hebrew letters, they just look pretty to me.)


I think Tikva looks prettier in Hebrew.  I also like the flow of Dalia Tikva, for no real reason.


(Both are lovely choices, I don't think you can go wrong here!)


February 11, 2019 4:16 PM

From my perspective as a non-Hebrew speaker, Keren is my favourite purely because it reminds me of Karen, and therefore is more familiar than Tikva or Herut. But it sounds like you have strong reasons for choosing either of the three names, so I'm sure that any would be a good choice.

February 11, 2019 9:46 PM

It's funny for me that in your case Dalia will be the English name because the Dalias I know have Dalia as their Hebrew names, too, and I know someone else with an entirely different English name but Dalia as her Hebrew name. However, my Hebrew name is not Keren, so I totally get it! In my case, however, my Hebrew name is a family name and my parents just chose an English name they liked for daily use.

From the three options you've listed, Keren feels most namey to me. For the other two, although I know the words as words, they both have very strong associations that make it harder for me to see them as a person's name. Tikvah is (obviously) HaTikvah and Chag HaHerut is one of the names for Passover. (If you'd asked me to name Pesach's other names I'm not sure that I would have come up with it, but seeing it immediately made that phrase come to mind.)

That said, I can see Tikvah as a name. It has most of the same sounds as Rivkah (if not Hebrew letters) and Hope is a well-established name. If you want to go out of the typical name box, I'd say that's a winner. Adults will automatically feel positively about it because of HaTikvah. Kids will definitely giggle when they learn the song that IT'S DALIA'S HEBREW NAME!!!1!!11, but she might share that sentiment! 

Herut has a wonderful meaning but I'm having trouble seeing it as a name. I also don't think that it's a pretty a word. I don't think that the initial chet is an issue since Hebrew names aren't really used in contexts where the people can't speak Hebrew (or at least pronounce chet) unless you have family who aren't Jewish. And even then, they really don't have much need to say her name. If it hasn't been an issue with Amichai, it wouldn't be an issue with Herut. But I just don't think that it's a pretty word. It reminds me of sherut.

Keren is a safe choice. 

February 12, 2019 5:27 PM

Karyn, I wondered about Dalia as it's own Hebrew name—is Dahlia/Dalia a popular pairing?

Without knowing anything more about Hebrew naming than what I've read here over the years, I also like Tikvah and Keren best. Herut doesn't look as name-y, and I feel like "freedom" is a little more loaded as a meaning than your boys' names. Keren feels the most similar in that way, but I might give Tikvah the edge, just because I personally would find it easier to pronounce with my Mary-merged tongue, and also because then you only have one name that's thisclose to being a familiar English name.

February 12, 2019 7:10 PM

Dana (who she's named after) always hosted Passover for my family so the HaTikvah and Chag HaHerut relationship is a plus for my family. DH's family also has the tradition of, even though they all have names like Sam and David (so with built in Hebrew names) they choose completely unrelated Hebrew names (Ex: DH's real name is Daniel. His Hebrew name is Chayim). 

I'll mull over your other comments and reply back when I have free time.

March 8, 2019 12:18 AM

Love the name Dalia! For her Hebrew name, I think I'd choose Tikva/תִּקְוָה.