The Comprehensive Dictionary of English and Hebrew First Names

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Since the publication of his These Are the Names, Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch has been recognized as the world's leading authority on English and Hebrew names and their meanings. That pioneering work paved the way for the author's other distinguished books on nomenclature, including The Name Dictionary and Best Baby Names for Jewish Children.

Now, in this most comprehensive volume ever prepared on the subject, Rabbi Kolatch expands on his previous efforts by introducing hundreds of ...

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Overview

Since the publication of his These Are the Names, Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch has been recognized as the world's leading authority on English and Hebrew names and their meanings. That pioneering work paved the way for the author's other distinguished books on nomenclature, including The Name Dictionary and Best Baby Names for Jewish Children.

Now, in this most comprehensive volume ever prepared on the subject, Rabbi Kolatch expands on his previous efforts by introducing hundreds of new Hebrew names that have become popular in both Israel and the diaspora. He thereby provides an indispensable resource for parents seeking a name for their newborns, for sociologists analyzing societal trends, and for scholars tracing the evolution of language.

The Comprehensive Dictionary of English & Hebrew First Names begins with an introduction that explains the origins of names and the Jewish naming process. It discusses the Bible as a source of names, names with positive attributes, celebrity names, masculine/feminine interchanges, and more. Wide-ranging in scope, the dictionary also explains the ceremonies traditionally followed for naming a boy and a girl and explores Jewish custom as it relates to naming children after relatives, naming an adopted child, and naming a convert.

The entries in this book are presented alphabetically. Immediately following each entry, where applicable, the Hebrew spelling is provided in vocalized Hebrew script. The language(s) from which the name derives as well as its literal meaning are then indicated. Finally, Hebrew equivalents are offered in transliterated English. Those seeking to name a child based on meaning will find the Index of Names by Meaning an invaluable tool.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
The New Name Dictionary is appropriate for all collections, regardless of the ethnic makeup of the community. . . . This refinement of Kolatch's other excellent name resources is a useful and easily accessed reference source that is not duplicated by anything else.
Canadian Jewish News
The Complete Dictionary of English & Hebrew First Names is the leading reference for naming children. . . . A fascinating etymological compendium for word lovers.
Libraries Unlimited
The Complete Dictionary of English & Hebrew First Names is an indispensable guide for parents seeking a name for a child, those wanting to know the meaning of their own names, students of nomenclature, and collectors of Judaica.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824604554
  • Publisher: David, Jonathan Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/12/2005
  • Pages: 602
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction 1
The Bible as a Source of Names 2
Biblical Names in Contemporary Times 4
Names in Israel 5
Christian Names 5
The Reformation 6
Opposition to New Testament Names 6
Names from Places 7
Names with Positive Attributes 7
Calendar and Holiday Names 7
Numeral Names 8
Occupational Names 9
Celebrity Names 9
Name-Changing 10
Masculine/Feminine Interchanges 11
Unconventional Spellings and Variant Forms 11
Pet Forms (Nicknames) 12
Names to Be Avoided 12
Naming Children After Relatives 13
Naming Children After Non-Relatives 15
Naming a Boy 15
Shalom Zachar Ceremony 17
Naming Ceremony for a Boy 17
Naming a Girl 18
Naming Ceremony for a Girl 18
Naming an Adopted Child 19
Names for Converts 19
Using the Matronymic 20
Naming an Illegitimate Child 22
A Note on Style 23
Key to Transliteration 23
Languages Referred to 25
How to Use This Dictionary 26
Listing of Masculine Names 27
Listing of Feminine Names 283
Index of Names in Hebrew Script 509
Index of Names by Meaning 527
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