What's in a Name?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Pronunciation: AY-bǝl (English), ah-BEL (Spanish), ǝ-BEL (Portuguese)

Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name Hevel or Havel, which means "breath."  In the Old Testament, Abel was the given name of the second son of Adam and Eve, murdered by his brother Cain out of jealousy of God's favor.  This name came into use in England during the Middle Ages, and was common during the Puritan era.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Hebrew
Pronunciation:  reev-KAH, RIV-kah

Meaning & History
Hebrew form of Rebecca, which possibly means "a snare."  (Sorry, ladies. . . Not exactly the kind of meaning I would want. . .)

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English, Biblical
Pronunciation:  JO-(English)

Meaning & History
From the Hebrew given name Yonah, meaning "dove."  This was the name of the prophet from the Book of Jonah in the Old Testament, famously known as the man swallowed by a fish, in whose belly he remained for three days, and later emerged alive to give a message of hope to a lost people.

Gender:  Feminine & Masculine
Usage:  Hebrew
Pronunciation:  seem-KAH, SIM-kah

Meaning & History
Means "happiness, joy" in Hebrew.

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To each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass, and a book of rules,
And each must make, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping stone.