Our names are a key to who we are. They distinguish us from other people. A good name directs and inspires us throughout our life. If you need any assistance in choosing a name, please contact Heritage office
Every Jewish person needs to have a Jewish name. It is our connection to Jewish people. Even if your baby will have an English name, he or she should have a Jewish name too.
Usually parents choose a name after the birth of their baby. If it is a girl, parents name her at the first opportunity in the synagogue during the Torah reading Boys receive their name on the day of their Bris (circumcision) – usually on the eighth day.
If adult man did not have a Jewish name, he chooses his name after his circumcision.
An adult woman chooses a name and congregation announces it during the Torah reading.
Bride and groom might want to choose their Jewish name and to put them in the Ketuba. In this case a name has to be chosen no later then 30 days before the wedding.
It is never too late to have a Jewish name!
When choosing a name for your baby (or for yourself), first look at your ancestors (we don’t name after live person). See if there is anybody in your family who can be a role model for your baby (or for yourself). If you have a son and want to name him after your grandmother, you can find a boy’s name which is similar to the grandmother’s (the same first letter or the same meaning). You can also name your child after Jewish heroes (Moshe, Miriam, Ester, Shimshon etc.) Another option is to choose a Jewish name that has a nice interpretation or sounds nice.
Choose from the following list of boys' and girls' names. If you need help in choosing a name or finding a proper spelling of a name, contact us.
Once you chose the name for your baby you might consider:
Putting Mezuza in your house
Starting lighting candles on Friday night
Giving a blessing to your baby
All the best, and, yes, Mazel Tov!