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amother






Post  Sun, Aug 16 2009, 11:12 am
I want to name a daughter for someone named "Shaina" but we want to use a Hebrew name. I have heard of people using the name Nava but as far as I can tell this name means "fitting" or "lovely" but not necessarily "beautiful."

Do any Israeli mothers the literal meaning of Nava? Is it used as beautiful (we don't like the name Yaffa)?
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Ruchel









  


Post  Sun, Aug 16 2009, 12:50 pm
What about Shifra?
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amother






Post  Sun, Aug 16 2009, 2:21 pm
Anyone know about Nava??
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freidasima









  


Post  Sun, Aug 16 2009, 2:27 pm
Naava is beautiful
there is yafit
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Ruchel









  


Post  Sun, Aug 16 2009, 2:28 pm
Ditto on Yafit. My cousin is Yafit, named for a Shaindel (exact translation, as Yafit is "little Yafa" and Shaindel is "little Shaina").
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sped









  


Post  Sun, Aug 16 2009, 2:28 pm
DH (Israeli) says Naava is naeh - pleasant.
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Tamiri









  


Post  Sun, Aug 16 2009, 2:29 pm
Naava is beautiful.
Kalla na'ahh, kalla ya'aa, kalla na'ah vachasuda. The shoresh of N.A.H = beautiful. Good to look at. Pleasing to the eye.
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amother






Post  Sun, Aug 16 2009, 2:49 pm
Thanks for the answers!

So Naava and Nava are different then? Or are they a variation of the same name?
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Tamiri









  


Post  Sun, Aug 16 2009, 3:05 pm
Naava is probably more correct gramatically.
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Ruchel









  


Post  Sun, Aug 16 2009, 3:08 pm
amother wrote:
Thanks for the answers!

So Naava and Nava are different then? Or are they a variation of the same name?


probably too different spellings of the same?
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amother






Post  Sun, Aug 16 2009, 3:46 pm
how would you spell in hebrew? nun alef vav hay?
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merelyme









  


Post  Sun, Aug 16 2009, 3:48 pm
amother wrote:
Thanks for the answers!

So Naava and Nava are different then? Or are they a variation of the same name?


Same name. It's spelled nun alef vav hei.
Under the alef is a chataf patach - it would've been a shva but you can't have a shva under an alef, so it becomes a chataf patach, which is pronounced like an alef but treated as a shva.
The word appears in the passuk "shechorah ani venaavah - I am black but beautiful."
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