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The Forward
Non-Jewish parents in Germany are picking names straight out of the Hebrew Bible for their newborns, and they might not even know it.

According to the Society for the German Language, Ben was the most popular name for boys in 2018, with Hannah, Lea, Noah and Jakob also showing up on the top ten lists for boys and girls, according to a report by Deutschlandradio. Four out of the top ten boys' names, and five of the top ten girls names, have Hebrew origins.

It's not just non-Jews who are ignorant. Wikipedia
Ben is frequently used as a shortened version of the given names Benjamin or Benedict, and is also a very common given name in its own right.

The Arabic "Bin" (بن) or "Ibn" (ابن) or "Ben" (dialectal Arabic) means "son of".

It also means "mountain" in Scots Gaelic....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 27th, 2019 at 06:33:10 PM EST
Ethnic blurring. If a French person my age is called Ismael, it's a slam-dunk he's either Jewish, Muslim or Protestant. These days, it depends what's on TV.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 08:08:16 AM EST
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And if it's an American named Cohen, the person is either Jewish, Irish, or a black person whose owners were Jewish.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 07:13:31 PM EST
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