And so it is with some anxiaty that my wife and I are searching for a name for an expected child. Below is a collection of rules - some concioucly adopted, and others revealing themselves only after reflection, on how to choose a name for an Israeli child:
- No naming children after anyone who died young. - espousing the belief that the name itself is somehow endowed with the curse of a short life. My objections that many people with a similar name have lived long and happy lives has been refuted by the claim that the act of naming someone in memory of the unlucky deceased links their fates. A possible solution to this problem is adding a second name signifying long life.
- No names of anyone who has sinned in the bible and is remembered in ill repute.
- No names for boys that are primarily names for girls. This rule does not apply the other way round.
- No names of any former boyfriends/girlfriends. Also no names of anyone you ever disliked.
- No names that are corny. This rules out all the names that involve "Gift", Light, happiness or anything kitschy.
- Names in Hebrew should at least sound normal in English. I.E the Hebrew name MORAN is out of the question. (As is Dror - sound like draw, Shy, Guy (especially if your last name is penus like this famous Israeli celebrity).
- You must think of how the name sounds when your family name is added.
- No Facebook inspired names.
Suggestions for names that comply with all said rules, will happily be received in the comment section.