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Cuban-Jewish Names

September 1st, 2011

Amelia writes with a very intriguing conundrum.  Please help us find names for her baby:

Hi! I love your blog and thought I’d write in with my own culturally complex name query.

I’m Cuban-American, he’s Jewish, and with a baby on the way, we want to chose a name that’s appropriate to both contexts. We’re planning on hyphenating the baby’s name, so we want a name (or at least a nickname) that’s fairly simple and straightforward to go with the mouthful at the end. So far our top picks are Loretta (“Letty“) or Zoila (“Zadie“) for a girl, or Louis (“Lou“) or Modesto (“Moe“) for a boy. We’re also picking out a corresponding Hebrew name (e.g. Ayelet for Letty, Moshe for Moe).

Any suggestions?

All the best,
Amelia

Hello Amelia, you’ve come to the right place!  What a fun challenge.  I love that you’re attempting to honor both cultures.  It IS possible.  Your approach, looking at Latin names that can be adapted to Jewish culture via nickname, is so creative, and just my kind of thing.  There are some names that work well in both cultures, and my suggestions are mostly crossovers.

I would like to hear from our readers what Latin names they can come up with that have Jewish nicknames, or visa versa.  So clever!

Boys:

Abel

Abram

Daniel

David

Jacob / Diego 

Elijah / Elias

Ephraim / Efraim / Efrain

Gideon

Joachim / Joaquin

Joshua / Josue 

Levi

Malachi

Noah / Noe / Noa

Reuben

Samuel

Simon / Shimon

Solomon

Girls:

Adina / Adelina

Aliza / Elisa

Chaya / Eva

Dafna

Dalia

Eliana

Miriam

Naomi

Rebeca / Rebecca / Rebekah

Rimona / Ramona

Salome

Sarah

Susana / Shoshannah

Thalia / Talia

Zelda

Image: Michael Eastman