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Chayyim ( , Classical Hebrew: , Israeli Hebrew: ), also transcribed Haim, Hayim, Chayim, or Chaim (English pronunciations: , , ), is a name of Hebrew origin which means "life". Its first usage can be traced to the Middle Ages. It is a popular name among Jewish people. The feminine form for this name is Chaya ( , Classical Hebrew: , Israeli Hebrew: ; English pronunciations: , ).

Chai is the 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 ("he will live") among Kabyles, was for similar reasons given to weak and ill neonates.)

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 translation of the 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 (), with the same meaning, deriving from the same Proto-Semitic root.

L'Chaim in 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 letters are also used as numerals, and the 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 (, 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.

Haim (disambiguation)

Haim is a Hebrew name.

Haim or L'Chaim may also refer to:

  • Haim (band), an American pop rock band
  • Haims, a commune in the Vienne department in France
  • L'Chaim Vodka, a line of kosher alcoholic beverages
Haim (band)

Haim (pronounced , , and stylized as HAIM) is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles. The band consists of sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim, and drummer Dash Hutton. The group's pop sound on their studio work stands in contrast to the more rock-based music of their live shows.

The sisters grew up in a musical family, and began playing instruments from an early age in cover bands with their parents. They began performing as Haim in 2007, but did not seriously consider a professional career for some years. Este graduated with a degree in Ethnomusicology, while Danielle became a successful touring guitarist with Jenny Lewis and The Strokes' frontman, Julian Casablancas, on his solo tours. This led to Haim resuming as a full-time operation in 2012.

The group's first release, Forever (an EP released on a limited-time download), combined with positive reception at the South by Southwest festival, led to a deal with Polydor Records and a management deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation group in mid-2012. The band began recording material for their first album, Days Are Gone, in between touring, including appearances at the Glastonbury Festival. The album charted in the top ten in several countries, including the number one-spot in the UK, and the group had won several "best of" awards by the end of 2013. The group was nominated for Best New Artist at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards and is recording a second album.

Usage examples of "haim".

Some, like my friend Haim Saban and Danny Abraham were deeply involved with Israel and had given me helpful advice over the years.

When I was writing about the Holocaust and the history of anti-Semitism, I depended upon the wisdom and experience of a rabbi, Haim Horowitz.

But neither Maryam nor the Aminas ask me any questions, only share their coffee with me and give me some advice on the Haiming markets.

Her last report, the one that mentioned she was working as a broker in Haiming, was nine years ago.

Maryam, indicates in a roundabout way that, as we are both bound for Haiming, I would be welcome to travel with her.

We are three days from the caravanserai, riding side by side along a road now lined with twisting pines, and Haiming is only two days away, a petrochemical smudge on the northeastern horizon.

Queen Imiary VI of the house of Haiming made repeated attempts to negotiate peace among the raka.

Her successor and murderer, Queen Dilsubai, also a Haiming, favored those nobles who supported her shaky claim to the throne, and imprisoned their rivals.

The invaders struck not the capital at Rajmuat, where rival Haiming cousins fought over the crown, but the stronghold of the noble house Malubesai, on the southern island that bears their name.

For the greatest raka nobles and the royal house of Haiming, the luarin offered only slavery or death.

Kyprioth told his people that the efforts of the luarin kings to erase the Haiming line had failed.

Our lady has the Rittevon blood as well as the ancient Haiming blood, and she is wiser than her mother.

Kyprish Isles, once ruled by queens of the Haiming noble house, presently ruled by the Rittevon dynasty.

For a house that had secretly raised the last descendants of the Haiming line for three hundred years, the Temaidas as a whole were terrified of their own shadows.

How long before she got angry and insulted someone, or married the wrong noble and started the Haiming rebellions all over again?