Meaning: “Hen, a female chicken.”
Nicknames: Penny, Peni, Penya, Niya
Meaning: “Ibex; Mountain goat.”
Nicknames: Ya, Yaya, El, Yelle
Detail: Hebrew name meaning “ibex” or “mountain goat.” The ibex is a type of mountain goat.
In the bible, this is the name of the wife of Heber the Kenite who killed general Sisera, an enemy of the Israelites.
Meaning: “Good looking, beautiful.”
Detail: In the book of Esther, in the bible, Vashti is the wife of King Ahasuerus. The king holds a banquet for his men, and Vashti holds a separate banquet for the women. On the seventh day, when the king was “merry with wine,” he sends for Vashti to come before him and his guests, to show off her beauty. Vashti refuses to come, and the king becomes angry. He asks his advisers how Vashti should be punished for her disobedience. His adviser tells him that Vashti has wronged not only the king, but also all of the husbands of Persia, whose wives may be encouraged by Vashti’s actions to disobey their husbands. He encourages the king to dismiss Vashti and find a new queen. The king then chooses Esther to replace Vashti as queen.