May 30, 2006


Jolie, Pitt child named with Hebrew word for 'Messiah' (Associated Press, May. 30, 2006)

Nothing was normal about the birth of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's child, so naturally, neither was their baby's name.

The child - whose pending arrival created a frenzy of hyperbole making it for some the most awaited baby since Jesus - was named Shiloh, which fittingly means "Messiah" or "Peaceful One."

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 30, 2006 6:01 PM

If it were a boy, they'd name him Sue.

Posted by: erp at May 30, 2006 6:21 PM

Actually, according to the latest radio advertisements, "Shiloh" stands for "affordable excellence".

Posted by: Just John at May 30, 2006 6:24 PM

Based on my Hebrew, it means neither one. In fact, it's name originates from a town in BIBLICAL DAYS where the temperoray Sanctuary rested.

Posted by: obc at May 30, 2006 6:48 PM

Didn't anyone actually go to the Bible and look this up?

Judges 21:19

"Then they said, Behold, there is a feast of the LORD in Shiloh yearly in a place which is on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goeth up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah."

I've always heard it used as a place name, "the place of peace", or the "place of rest", and every use in the Bible is as a place name.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at May 30, 2006 7:17 PM

The dispute comes from the translation of Genesis 49:10. The King James version translates it as:

The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him [shall] the gathering of the people [be].

My Etz Hayim translates the same passage as:

The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet;
So that tribute shall come to him
And the homage of peoples be his.

The commentary says: tribute shall come to him This translation understands the Hebrew word shiloh as a combination of shai (tribute) and loh (to him).

There is an alternate understanding of shiloh as related to sholom (peace) and that this verse speaks of a time of permanent peace, which is to say, the time of the Moshiach.

Posted by: David Cohen at May 30, 2006 7:49 PM

Gotta wonder about some people (yeah, I know they're actors), but naming your kid after one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War does not portend good things to come.

Messiah or no messiah.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at May 31, 2006 2:48 AM

I was wondering if they were going to name their next kid "Gettysburg" or "Bull Run."

Posted by: Bryan at May 31, 2006 7:06 AM

Why has there been such a recent increase in Biblical names for children? Years ago I was shocked when I heard a couple name their newborn Noah, but then I heard other baby boys named the same. I've heard other Biblical names as well - names I'd consider old fashioned and never knew when I was growing up. It may not beat the Mikes and Jennys, but it's definitely a trend.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at June 1, 2006 1:50 PM

It's the religious who are having the most kids.

Posted by: oj at June 1, 2006 1:55 PM

Jacob has been the top boy's name for the past couple of years. The top 10 also include Joshua and Daniel. There's also Matthew and Joseph. Girls haven't jumped on the wagon yet.

Posted by: David Cohen at June 1, 2006 6:06 PM