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Chayyim (Hebrew: חַיִּים‬ Ḥayyīm, Classical Hebrew: [ħajˈjiːm], Israeli Hebrew: [ˈχa.im, ħaˈjim]), also transcribed Haim, Hayim, Chayim, or Chaim (English pronunciations: /haɪm/ HYME, /xaɪm/ KHYME, /ˈxɑːjiːm/ KHAH-yeem), is a name of Hebrew
Hebrew
origin which means "life". Its first usage can be traced to the Middle Ages. It is a popular name among Jewish people.[1] The feminine form for this name is Chaya[2] (Hebrew: חַיָּה‬ Ḥayyah, Classical Hebrew: [ħajˈjaː], Israeli Hebrew: [ˈχaja, ħaˈja]; English pronunciations: /ˈhɑːjɑː/ HAH-yah, /ˈxɑːjɑː/ KHAH-yah). Chai is the Hebrew
Hebrew
word for "alive". According to Kaballah, the name Hayim helps the person to remain healthy, and people were known to add Hayim as their second name to improve their health. (Among Serbians, the name "Vuk", meaning "wolf", as well as Idir
Idir
("he will live") among Kabyles, was for similar reasons given to weak and ill infants.) The Latin name Vivianus, the origin of the modern Vivian, is ultimately related to the adjective vivus "alive" – though the derivation might be more indirect than with the Hebrew
Hebrew
name.[3] In the United States, Chaim is a common spelling; however, since the phonemic pattern is unusual for English words, Hayim is often used as an alternative spelling. The "ch" spelling comes from transliteration of the Hebrew
Hebrew
letter "chet", which also starts words like Chanukah, Channa, etc., which can also be spelled as Hanukah and Hannah. It is cognate to the Arabic word حياة (ḥayāh), with the same meaning, deriving from the same Proto-Semitic root. L'Chaim in Hebrew
Hebrew
is a toast meaning "to life". When a couple becomes engaged, they get together with friends and family to celebrate. Since they drink l'chaim ("to life"), the celebration is also called a l'chaim. Hebrew
Hebrew
letters are also used as numerals, and the Hebrew
Hebrew
letters that spell "chai" also stand for the number 18. Thus, 18 is considered a lucky number in Jewish culture. It is common to give gifts and contributions to charity in multiples of 18. Among Argentine Jews, the Spanish name Jaime
Jaime
(Spanish: [ˈxajme], a Spanish cognate of James) is often chosen for its phonetic similarity to Haim. Hayim is a non-governmental organization that works on a voluntary basis to provide relief and support for pediatric oncology patients in Israel. People named Haim[edit] Notable people with the name include:

Chaim Arlosoroff
Chaim Arlosoroff
(1899–1933), Zionist politician Aaron ben Hayyim (fl. 1836), Russian exegete Aharon Ibn Hayyim (1545–1632), Biblical and Talmudic commentator Alana (born 1991), Danielle (born 1989), and Este Haim
Este Haim
(born 1986), members of the American band HAIM. Chaim Hezekiah Medini
Chaim Hezekiah Medini
the Sdei Chemed – Famed Talmudic Scolar and halachist Chaim Herzog
Chaim Herzog
(1918–1997) Israeli president Chaim ibn Attar
Chaim ibn Attar
the Or Hachaim Chaim Koppelman
Chaim Koppelman
(1920–2009), American printmaker Chaim Palagi
Chaim Palagi
(Palachi) Famed Torah Scholar Chaim Potok
Chaim Potok
(1929–2002), American Jewish author Chaim Leib Shmuelevitz
Chaim Leib Shmuelevitz
Mirrer Rosh HaYeshiva Chaim Raber, President of Raber Glove Mfg. Chaim Topol
Chaim Topol
(born 1935), Israeli actor Chaim Weizmann
Chaim Weizmann
(1874–1952) Israeli president Corey Haim
Corey Haim
(1971–2010), Canadian actor David Bar-Hayim
David Bar-Hayim
(born 1960), Israeli rabbi Emmanuelle Haïm
Emmanuelle Haïm
(born 1967), French harpsichordist and conductor Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
(born 1949 as Chaim Witz), Israeli-American co-founder of Kiss Haym Solomon
Haym Solomon
Primary financier of the American Revolution Haim
Haim
Revivo, retired Israeli footballer Haim
Haim
(band): Alana Haim, Danielle Haim, Este Haim H.M. Wynant (born 1927 as Haim
Haim
Weiner), American actor Hayyim Tyrer (died 1813), rabbi Karima Mathilda Haim
Haim
or Mathilda May
Mathilda May
(born 1965), French actress Mordechai "Moti" Haim, Former Israeli footballer, father of the band members of HAIM. Ofir Haim (born 1975), Israeli football player Paul Ben-Haim
Paul Ben-Haim
(1897–1984), Israeli composer Philippe Haïm
Philippe Haïm
(born 1967), French film director, writer and composer Nahshon Even-Chaim or Phoenix (born 1971), Australian computer hacker Haim Saban
Haim Saban
(born 1944), Israeli-American media mogul Salim Haim (1919–1983), Iraqi dermatologist Solayman Haïm
Solayman Haïm
(1887–1970), Iranian lexicographer, translator, playwright and essayist Stephanie Haim (born 1991), Australian football player Tal Ben Haim
Tal Ben Haim
(born 1982), Israeli footballer Tal Ben Haim
Tal Ben Haim
(born 1989), Israeli footballer Werner Haim (born 1968), Austrian ski jumper Yehuda Ben-Haim (1955–2012), Israeli boxer Yehoyada Haim (born 1941), Israeli diplomat Yosef Hayyim
Yosef Hayyim
(1832–1909), Sephardic Rabbi Ze'ev Ben-Haim (born 1907), Israeli linguist Zemah ben Hayyim (fl. 889–895), Gaon of Sura Zigi Ben-Haim
Zigi Ben-Haim
(born 1945), American-Israeli sculptor and painter

References[edit]

^ Mike Campbell. "Meaning, Origin and History of the Name Chayyim". Behind the Name. Retrieved 2013-08-12.  ^ Mike Campbell. "Meaning, Origin and History of the Name Chaya". Behind the Name. Retrieved 2013-08-12.  ^ Bruce W. Frier, Thomas A. J. McGinn, Thomas A. McGinn, A Casebook on Roman Family Law, Oxford University Pr

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