Name Perel in Israel
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Post Sat, Jul 24 2021, 2:55 pm
I don't know any Perel's in Israel.
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Post Sat, Jul 24 2021, 3:28 pm
In litvish circles in Israel Yiddish names are almost never used. If that's the group you will identify with I absolutely wouldn't do it.
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Post Sat, Jul 24 2021, 3:50 pm
Adina pearl

(A fine pearl)

Btw, I've heard variations here in Israel such as, "Perla" and "Pera'le"
I think "Perel" pronounced in the Israeli accent is where it turns akward.

You can always name her two names and have her go by one.

Beautiful name, btw!
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Post Sat, Jul 24 2021, 4:58 pm
You’d be totally fine with Perel in RBS type circles. I know a Yocheved Perel, a Bracha Perel, and a Perel Malka.
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Post Sat, Jul 24 2021, 7:00 pm
I don't know any Perels here, but I don't see why it can't work.

Lots of israelis have cool/different names.

For those suggesting Penina or Margalit, those are both quite old fashioned. They were super common at one time and now mainly women over 50 or 60 have those names. Maybe in charedi circles it's different.
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Post Sat, Jul 24 2021, 7:36 pm
If you tell the teachers how to pronounce it at the beginning of the year you should be fine. From what I’ve seen in my kid’s classes, any name could be accepted. It is recognized as a Jewish name. I don’t think it’s considered chassidish.
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Post Sat, Jul 24 2021, 10:08 pm
Thanks for all feedback!

Would a first name like Bracha/Tovah/Chaya work in Israel- with her going by first name? (Common, young etc?)

Obviously they have advantage of being Hebrew names, just curious about usage there.

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Post Sat, Jul 24 2021, 11:04 pm
Nomi Perel
Malka Perel
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Post Sat, Jul 24 2021, 11:53 pm
Tova is totally normal in charedi Israel.

Honestly wouldn't recommend Perel. Other Yiddish names work, sometimes uncommon but have a "cool" factor, but not Perel.
Even amongst chassidim, they turn it into Perela or Peri . Something about Perel with an Israeli accent sounds strange.
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Post Sun, Jul 25 2021, 12:02 am
amother [ Eggshell ] wrote:
Perri will be kind of awkward in Israel, it's spelled/ sounds like fruit

Yup, In israel Penina is much more accepted.
I’m chassidish and I love Yiddish names but I know for a fact that in Israel they’re “nerdy”.
Unless you’re moving to a chassidish place.... nisht!
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Post Sun, Jul 25 2021, 12:05 am
I know a little girl in givat zev and her name is Perel. Yeshivish family btw
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Post Sun, Jul 25 2021, 12:06 am
LAmom97 wrote:
Thanks for all feedback!

Would a first name like Tova work in Israel- with her going by first name? (Common, young etc?)

Obviously it has advantage of being a Hebrew name, just curious about usage there.

Israelis go for short names.
So if you call her Tova Perel and use Tova then it’s fine but if you use both names, Tova Perel the Tova factor doesn’t help because any compound word name is also “nerdy”.
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Post Sun, Jul 25 2021, 8:42 am
Rivka Perel
Chana Perel
Chaya Perel
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Post Sun, Jul 25 2021, 8:49 am
ROFL wrote:
A freind of mine has a daughter named Dar דר
Which is mother of Pearl in Hebrew.
דר is mother of pearl?
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Post Sun, Jul 25 2021, 9:03 am
amother [ Lightblue ] wrote:
דר is mother of pearl?

Yes. I just looked it up. But that is a relatively uncommon use if the word, and I would be very hesitant to use it as a name.

דר is a standard abbreviation for doctor.
It also means an inhabitant. (The same shoresh as דירה).

It could lead to a lot of awkward situations.
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Post Sun, Jul 25 2021, 9:18 am
I know two Pearls in Israel, one is in her early sixties and one in her fifties. Both were born in the US, one also goes by Penina or Perla.
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Post Sun, Jul 25 2021, 2:12 pm
I know a Chava Perel and a Chana Perel.
I also know a "Pearl" who started going by Penina once she moved to Israel.
(She's an adult.)
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Post Mon, Jul 26 2021, 1:13 am
I know a sefardi Peri - named after her Moroccan grandmother, Perla (Spanish origin).
People do often ask her "nice name, where's it from? or how do you spell it? or what's it short for, etc"

When she's on the phone saying her name, she'll say "Peri, pey, reish, yud" - ie. she immediately spells it out.
But she gets many compliments.

I don't know if people read it pri (fruit) by mistake. She's told me a lot about her name, but she's never mentioned that issue!

(she's mid 30's by the way).
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Post Mon, Jul 26 2021, 4:34 pm
Thanks everyone! You've given us lots to think about Smile
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