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SEE-lə (sometime SELL-ah)
Reflection, “stop and listen”; (musical) pause
Etymology & Historical Origin - Selah
Selah s a Hebrew word which appears in the Bible and Old Testament (over 70 times, in fact), especially in Psalms. A somewhat esoteric concept, “selāh” (סֶלָה) is more instructional rather than descriptive in the Bible. While reading Psalms, the reader is instructed to “stop and listen” and to reflect on the song. Because Psalms are poetic words written for the lyre then “selah” has come to indicate a “musical pause” – sort of like the equivalent of “Amen” in written, spoken text. Selah basically says “Stop” and consider the weight of what’s just been sung; take a moment to pause and reflect upon it. Alternate etymologists claim “selah” means “forever” or “to hang”, which, in our opinion, are meanings that imply the same idea. Take it in, breathe it, weigh it, reflect upon it and absorb it. In the book of Psalms in the Old Testament, the “choir-master” is constantly instructed with the word “selah”. Selah is therefore an original, obscure Biblical name. A beautiful concept for musician parents. Just ask singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill; she named her baby girl Selah Louise Marley in 1998 (Selah Louise also happens to be the granddaughter of Bob Marley). Selah is a name distinct to the United States. Interestingly, despite its Hebrew origins, Selah is not a female name used among Jewish people.
Popularity of the Name Selah
This obscure Biblical word-name first appeared on the American female naming charts in 2005 and it’s managed to gain some respectable ground since its debut. We have to admit, this one was a pleasant surprise. Amidst all the empty made-up names circulating in America today, this one was a welcome break. Once you learn this Hebrew word’s etymology and background, you can’t help but to “pause” and “reflect” on it. Selah is one of the coolest names we’ve come across. Unique? Check. Musical? Check. Biblical? Check. Pretty? Check. This is a name with potential significance for a lot of different people. It’s a subtle way to evangelize your faith. It’s a subtle way to demonstrate your obscure musical knowledge. It’s a subtle way to celebrate the importance of reflection and mindfulness. Great name choice for the ever-creative parent!
Popularity of the Girl Name Selah
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Selah
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Selah
Selah We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Selah.
Popular Songs on Selah
Selah - a song by Lauryn Hill
Children's Books on the Baby Name Selah
Selah (Donna E. Warren) - Selah is a touching collection of spiritual poems which gives the reader the opportunity to "Look at God" and know that He is with us. He can be found in the people one meets, the smile given or the prayer prayed. Feel God's power, wisdom and guidance. Recommended for ages uncertain.
Selah of the Summit (Lonna Lisa Williams) - Selah is a slavegirl who fetches water from a well. She sees the distant mountains and imagines things she has never known--like trees, stars, lakes, and snow. Her Master Regan and The Craft have kept nature from the valleys, damning rivers and turning all to desert. They weave their material spells upon the slaves, and nothing ever changes. Then, one day, Regan summons Selah to serve him at a banquet. As she fills a goblet, a stranger in a hooded cloak speaks to her and gives her one unmelted snowflake. That very night, the stranger named Micah leads Selah outside the Keep and across the valley, to meet a band of travelers. They journey through hills, moors, and highlands to Mountain Gate. Selah finds beauty, music, and love in the mountains. Regan and his soldiers follow, capture Selah, and imprison her again. She must face loneliness and The Craft to reunite with Micah and journey to the Summit. Recommended for ages 13-17.
Famous People Named Selah
Famous People Named Selah - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Selah.
Children of Famous People Named Selah
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Selah - Lauryn Hill (singer)
Selah - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Selah - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Selah.
Personality of the Girl Name Selah
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Selah