Is my kid an ancient hebrew good luck charm?
June 19, 2008 11:41 AM Subscribe
A few years back, an older Israeli man told me that my daughter's name, Kameya, meant "good luck charm" in ancient Hebrew. Was he just pulling my leg?
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We made up the name based on her godfather's name (Kamehameha) which supposedly means "very very powerful" in Hawaiian. We've since learned from random people who comment on it that it's a town in Japan and similar to the equivalent of "manually" or "with hands" in Tagalog.
But only this one gentleman commented about the Hebrew, saying it was three letters. But I have yet to find a way to Google for ancient hebrew.
Obviously, it's a great story. And easier as an explanation than "Her godfather's parents honeymooned in Hawaii so they named their kids after Hawaiian royalty and then we named our daughter after him."
Anyone able to confirm or deny? Be able to point me to the letters which would comprise her name? Or even know that it also means, oh, foot fungus in German or something?
We stress the second syllable (Kuh-MAY-Yuh, since we have the flat short a of midwesterners and we're going for equivalent to Kamehameha). And yes, she has a normal middle name in case she hates it as a grownup.