Re: First name of "Shaia" #names

Shlomo Katz

"Shaia" is typically short for Yishayah (Isaiah), but "Shea" more commonly is short for Yehoshua (Joshua).

Correctly matching nicknames and diminutives with the proper full name is a very significant issue in the Halachot (Jewish laws) of marriage and divorce, and many rabbis over the centuries have written treatises on the subject of nicknames.

On the other hand, as has been discussed in other posts, there is noabsolutely no rule about what English name a person takes based on his Hebrew name.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring, MD

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