The Name Aviv

Israeli Springtime connections.

| Topics: Hebrew Names
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How I love Spring! It’s one of the most magical seasons of the year. Flowers bloom and fill the air with intoxicating fragrances. Nature is “reborn.” It comes back to life.

Many parents whose children are born during Springtime name them “Aviv.” Returning exiles also “birthed” a new city just outside of ancient Jaffa in Spring of 1909 — and called it Tel Aviv.

The name “Aviv” refers to one of the four seasons of the year. It expresses the beginning of flowering and the transition between the cold winter and the hot summer. It describes moments of renewal, blossoming and growth.

The season of the “month of Aviv” (Chodesh HaAviv) is even mentioned in the Bible in the context of Passover, which has several names, one being the Biblical Spring Feast (Chag HaAviv).

In biblical language, “Aviv” is the season in which the grain shoots up toward full height. One of the types of sacrificial offerings is the grain offering made from ripe grains roasted on the fire.

If you offer a grain offering of your firstfruits to the Lord, you shall offer for the grain offering of your firstfruits green heads of grain [“Aviv”] roasted on the fire, grain beaten from full heads.” (Leviticus 2:14 NKJV)

As seen in this verse, “Aviv” is not only a season, but also a stage of ripening grain.

In today’s parlance, Spring is the season between winter and summer. The word Spring indicates a young state of being. The Spring season is often associated with positivity and a happy welcome.

People named “Aviv” are often known for being harmonious with the environment, calm and radiating comfort to those around them. The name continues to be popular among parents, and is today given to both boys and girls.

We have a very good friend named Aviv Levy. And when I think about him right now while writing, I really find that he is a person who is welcoming, smiley and pleasant to people.

Aviv Gefen is a well-known singer and composer in Israel, and the son of Yonatan Gefen (who is also a well-known composer. Aviv Gefen’s grandmother was named Aviva (a female version of Aviv). She was the sister of Defense Minister Moshe Dayan (1915-1981). And there you have it – the connection between Aviv the singer and politics. (It’s hard to get away from politics in Israel.)


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