Re: Name RIBA/RIVA in hebrew/yiddish. #names

Odeda Zlotnick

The correct Hebrew spelling is ריבה, pronounced  Rivvah.

It means "Lass", and is as old fashioned in Hebrew as the word "lass" in English.

Never, in my "Native Hebrew speaking" life have I hear of it as a riverside or beach...

You may want to hear the Hebrew song
 "מי יש לי ריבה כזאת" or another version (with text and alternativse phrases here

The two other spellings you've run into must have come from Yiddish but this is a case of a real Hebrew word.

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

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