Gender: Masculine
Origin: Hebrew חַיִּים
Meaning: “life”

The name is derived from the Hebrew word for life and has been used by European Jews since at least the Middle Ages. The name was often given to sick neonates in the hopes that the child would become healthy by being given an auspicious name.

In Jewish tradition, L’Chaim (to life) is a toast.

Currently, the name is 952nd most popular male name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include the Yiddish Hyman and the feminine, Chaya חַיָה,