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amother




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Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 10:29 am
Hi! I need some help. Is hadassa a name that child would shorten because it’s too long? Also, the spelling, is it hard for non jews to spell? I definitely don’t like hadas.
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sub




 
 
 
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 10:30 am
Dassy.
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amother




DarkYellow
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 10:34 am
Lol, I’m a Hadas 😉

I think Hadassa(h) doesn’t have any difficult phonemes like “tz” or “ch”, but it may take a quick pronunciation clarification to some?

But for me it’s usually just a quick “huh-DOSS” to correct someone after they pronounce my name “HAD-***”. It doesn’t bother me, and I think anyone reasonable wouldn’t take offense at the correction.

Eta: lol for censoring. “HAD-diss” or “HAD-a55” are both pronunciations I’ve been called.

I’ve also had my name misspelled as Hades, which I find absolutely hilarious. 😈
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amother




Dandelion
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 10:41 am
A family member is Hadassah. She only had a problem once, at Build a Bear. You have to input your name and they wouldn't accept a name with the letters A-S-S in a row. LOL

Now she lives in Israel, where people sometimes assume it's Hadas.

It's a lovely name, especially for this time of year.
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mommy3b2c




 
 
 
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 10:43 am
I just asked a non Jew to say it. He said it perfectly. And I asked him to spell it . He said h-a-d-a-s-s-a. He also said that he doesn’t think it’s a jewish name😂
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amother




Pearl
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 10:44 am
My daughter is Hadassa. She had some health issues first few years of life so we've spent time with many secular providers. I don't recall ever having a hard time with her name.

PS Bh she's doing great now!
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amother




Hydrangea
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 10:45 am
amother [ DarkYellow ] wrote:
Lol, I’m a Hadas 😉

I think Hadassa(h) doesn’t have any difficult phonemes like “tz” or “ch”, but it may take a quick pronunciation clarification to some?

But for me it’s usually just a quick “huh-DOSS” to correct someone after they pronounce my name “HAD-***”. It doesn’t bother me, and I think anyone reasonable wouldn’t take offense at the correction.

Eta: lol for censoring. “HAD-diss” or “HAD-a55” are both pronunciations I’ve been called.

I’ve also had my name misspelled as Hades, which I find absolutely hilarious. 😈


I’ve had mine misspelled as Hadar. Also you forgot Hade-iss.

If someone reads my name like at a doctors office they often got it wrong. But when I introduced myself no one had trouble pronouncing it.

I assume Hadassah is similar.
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Chayalle




 
 
 
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 10:46 am
Hadassah women is a Jewish (but not necessarily frum) women's organization. I remember when I used to work in an office near Princeton, the Hadassah women had holiday gift wrapping at the local mall. It didn't seem to be a problem for the non-Jews (or maybe they were Jews, too) lined up for their services.
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greenhelm




 
 
 
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 10:48 am
I wouldn’t worry about someone misspelling or mispronouncing- unless it’s something like Jane, people will always find creative interpretations (even for something like Jane, now that I think of it…)
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Zehava




 
 
 
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 10:48 am
amother [ OP ] wrote:
Hi! I need some help. Is hadassa a name that child would shorten because it’s too long? Also, the spelling, is it hard for non jews to spell? I definitely don’t like hadas.

I would do Dassy maybe. I try to keep my kids names short, easy to spell, and easy to pronounce in any language.
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amother




Molasses
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 10:52 am
Easy name for everyone
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amother




Oatmeal
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 10:54 am
Dassy is harder than Hadassah. Hadassah is a family name and it's not hard at all.
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amother




OP
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 11:09 am
Zehava wrote:
I would do Dassy maybe. I try to keep my kids names short, easy to spell, and easy to pronounce in any language.


Which ones are those?
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amother




Ivory
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 11:20 am
My name is Hadassah.

Most non-Jews can pronounce it because they heard of the Hadassah organization.

But they pronounce it Ha-dah-sah with the A like in cAn.
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amother




Taupe
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 11:23 am
My daughter is Hadassah. Never had a problem with anyone saying it.
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jd1212




 
 
 
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 11:36 am
It’s a beautiful name and don’t think anyone would have issues. As a small consideration if you’ll ever make aliyah, it is popular more with the older generation of women and much more common for ladies in their 60s. If that’s not in your plans, then absolutely no concern and plenty of adorable American/anglo baby Hadassahs running around. Not to discourage you in any way, but my husband vetoed for this reason. Bshaa tova!!
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amother




NeonOrange
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 11:49 am
I'm Hadassah and I love my name!
Very easy for non Jews to pronounce, and I get a lot of compliments from them like that's such a pretty sounding name etc...
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amother




NeonOrange
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 11:49 am
jd1212 wrote:
It’s a beautiful name and don’t think anyone would have issues. As a small consideration if you’ll ever make aliyah, it is popular more with the older generation of women and much more common for ladies in their 60s. If that’s not in your plans, then absolutely no concern and plenty of adorable American/anglo baby Hadassahs running around. Not to discourage you in any way, but my husband vetoed for this reason. Bshaa tova!!


I hope I'm not considered too old yet at 34 Wink

I don't find this the case where I live. Not US and not Israel Smile
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amother




NeonOrange
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 11:54 am
sub wrote:
Dassy.


I'm glad mine wasn't shortened to dassy, I don't like it. My parents shortened it to dassa. And my close friends which I think is cute.

My dh prefers Hadassah so he's never called me dassa. It's a nice, classy, proper sounding name in my opinion.
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amother




Burntblack
 

Post Fri, Sep 17 2021, 12:19 pm
jd1212 wrote:
It’s a beautiful name and don’t think anyone would have issues. As a small consideration if you’ll ever make aliyah, it is popular more with the older generation of women and much more common for ladies in their 60s. If that’s not in your plans, then absolutely no concern and plenty of adorable American/anglo baby Hadassahs running around. Not to discourage you in any way, but my husband vetoed for this reason. Bshaa tova!!


Depends on the circle in Israel. My oleh family members have young children named Hadassah. Both born in Israel and chosen because they liked the name. They both are in chareidi circles.
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