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Do Jewish children take middle names?

lil_rebbitzen asked:

I know some cultures don’t use middle names, and I was thinking about having my Hebrew name as Hadassah, with Raphaela as the middle name. Is it common for Jewish names to include middle names?
I’ve always liked reading the book of Esther, and Hadassah was her Jewish name. My father just recently gave me that as my Jewish name.
Raphaela means “God has healed”, or something like that. I’ve had a rough time psychologically due to depression. About a year and a half ago, I was healed of most of the depression. I’ve also been told by several people and God that I’m being called to be a healer. So the name is significant.

I was also thinking of having “Asa” as a nickname. It’s sort of a sortened form of Hadassah, but it also has something to do wth healer.

Hadassah also mean “myrtle tree”.
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4 Responses to “Do Jewish children take middle names?”

  1. Melvin Furd on March 26th, 2009 5:03 am

    I’m not Orthodox and don’t know many people who are, but just about everyone Jewish I know has a middle name.

  2. lacosteluver16 on March 28th, 2009 10:28 am

    my Jewish friends have middle names, I guess it depends how much they are committed to there religion, if the are orthodox, or hisidic, etc etc

  3. rukidding on March 30th, 2009 6:18 am

    I don’t know, but I like the names you’ve chosen. Do they have a meaning?

  4. Expert man on April 2nd, 2009 5:45 pm

    I am a pretty observant Jews, and I have a middle name. All of my Jewish friends and family have middle names. As Jews are told to live by the “law of the land” first, and the “law of the Torah” second, we name our children according to the country we live in. But, biblicaly, Jews did not have middle names, their names were “first name” son of “first name” son of “first name”. i.e. Moses son of Abraham son of Joseph etc.