abhillel at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 9 16:01:36 EDT 2000
"Kyla is a Yiddish shortened form of the Hebrew name Kelilah, which means
laurel, crown, or victory. (Which actually do go together, by means of the
tradition of placing a laurel crown on the head of the victor.)"
Not that I'm doubting you, but I have never come across Kelilah as a name
before. Nor have I ever heard this word used to mean victory or laurel.
Spelled with a kuf, it's a pretty common adjective meaning light (opposite
of heavy), but my guess is your name would be spelled with a kaf in Hebrew.
Here's what my dictionary has for Klil with a kaf (masculine form of the
1. crown or coronet (with references to a text by Maimonides)
2. a string of 15 sonnets, united by content and form; the last line of the
first sonnet is the opening line of the second, etc.; the fifteenth sonnet
is composed of the last lines of the first fourteen sonnets. (for example
"to the sun" by Shaul Tshernichovsky)
and there's a wildflower called klil-hahoresh (latin name: Cercis)
Another close word is kalil, which means completely, perfectly, or the
epitome (usually of beauty or perfection).
The common word for laurel in modern Hebrew is "Daphna", which is probably
what we will call our first daughter if we have one. We both like the name
and it is also the name of the woman who introduced us.
Gili means "my joy". My husband's name is Haim (though he goes by his
nickname Hemmy), which means "life". We like to joke that I am his joy and
he is my life.
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