Zipporah

  • Tyler_Jolie-Pitt
    Tyler_Jolie-Pitt
    Participant

    What do you think of the name Zipporah? She was the biblical wife of Moses, and I think the name is still quite popular in Israel. It means “bird” in Hebrew. A modern Anglicization is Sephora, but I would say the cosmetics store has a pretty strong grip op that name!

    Thank you!

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  • TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    I’m familiar with the name but I think in the US people might find it too odd-sounding, “Zipper-uh? What?”

    NMteacher
    NMteacher
    Participant

    I actually really like both, but I am also used to the name as a common Jewish name around the world. In Hebrew it is actually pronounced with a Tz sound at the beginning, and not just a Z, but you can do either. Tzippy is a nn. I would go for it if you like it.

    I do love the sound and look of Sephora even more, though. It seems lovely and mysterious, and I don’t think it is necessarily off limits because of the store. Another option would be Sephira (suh FEER uh), which is related to the Hebrew word for telling/story, or in other contexts, to the jewel sapphire. If biblical stories are important to you, though, it is the name of a woman in the New Testament who was struck dead after lying to the early church leaders. That persons name is usually spelled Saphira and pronounced suh FIRE uh, though, but it is technically the same name. Pronounced the Hebrew way, though, people wouldn’t make that connection.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Ooh, Sephira is really pretty!

    Tyler_Jolie-Pitt
    Tyler_Jolie-Pitt
    Participant

    @NMTeacher: I really like that name, too. I’ve only ever seen it spelled as Sapphira, though. Willa Cather wrote a novel called “Sapphira and the Slave Girl”, in which the titular Sapphira is an embittered racist. Maybe it’s just not usable.

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    I think Zipporah’s kinda cool, though, as a not very religious person, to me it immediately screamed “obscure biblical name!” Which maybe you’re okay with. I like Sephora or Sephira a lot better, though. More modern and less like zipper-uh.

    I personally associate the name Saphira with the dragon from the book/movie Eragon, which was pretty popular for a while a few years ago, though definitely not as much anymore. I’ve always thought the name was really pretty and strong, though maybe a little over the top.


    embra
    Participant

    I like Sephora or Sephira the best of all these options, although I’m not familiar with the cosmetics, so I don’t have that association. Zipporah seems like it would get shortened to Zippy, which sounds to me like something someone would call a scrawny and nerdy male teenager to be dismissive.

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