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Etymology & Historical Origin - Yael
Yael is actually a FEMALE name from the Hebrew Ya’el (יָעֵל) meaning “mountain goat”, specifically the Nubian ibex which is a species of goats found in the mountainous regions of Israel. The name is rendered as Jael in Biblical form with Yael being the ancient Hebrew version. It was borne by a woman who becomes an unlikely heroine in the Book of Judges; the one who Deborah prophesizes will receive the “glory for delivering Israel”. But let’s back up for a second. In the time of Deborah (c. 12th century B.C.) the Israelites were being cruelly subjugated by the Canaanite army under the command of Sisera. Judge Deborah calls upon Barak, the Israeli military general, to rise up against Sisera. Barak agrees but only if Deborah, a deft military leader herself, will accompany him into battle. “And [Deborah] said, ‘I will surely go with you. Nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory; for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman’” (Judges 4:9). Enter Yael. After Barak and Deborah completely destroy the Canaanite army, Sisera is the only man alive. A fugitive on the run, Sisera enters the tent of Yael, wife of Heber the Kenite, belonging to a non-Canaan/non-Israeli neutral tribe. Thinking himself safe after Yael serves him milk and invites him to rest, Sisera falls asleep. The next scene is a little gory, so consider yourself forewarned. “Jael…took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand. Then she went softly to [Sisera] and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground…So he died” (Judges 4:21). So a woman saves the day just as Deborah promised. Not surprisingly Yael is a Top 10 favorite name for Jewish girls in Israel. Yet oddly enough, Yael is mainly being used as a masculine name in the United States. Perhaps Americans haven’t read their Bibles lately.
Popularity of the Name Yael
Yael only first appeared on the masculine naming charts in 2007 which marks the first year this name made the Top 1000 list. Remarkably, Yael has never made the Top 1000 list for girls despite the fact that it’s really a female name. At least it’s not very popular for boys, though. It’s given to about 200 male babies per year (out of close to four million births). Most likely both Jael and Yael are bestowed upon Jewish-American daughters but just not with enough frequency to make the girl’s chart. We hate to break it to parents of baby boys, but we much prefer this one for the XX chromosomes rather than the XY. The Bible gives us so few memorable and heroic women we only ask you to leave them be. Yael is a better name for parents who appreciate female equality and want to imbue a symbol of Biblical power and courage upon their daughters. It’s also a quirky choice for a child born under the astrological sun sign of Capricorn which is marked by the mountain goat – a symbol of strong-willed and patient determination.
Popularity of the Boy Name Yael
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Yael
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Yael
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Popular Songs on Yael
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Yael
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Famous People Named Yael
Famous People Named Yael - Yael (Biblical figure); Yael Abecassis (Israeli actress); Yael Arad (Israeli judoka); Yael Dayan (Israeli writer/politician); Yael Naim (French-Israeli singer/songwriter)
Children of Famous People Named Yael
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Yael - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Yael
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Yael