Yiddish Names

These names are used by Yiddish-speaking Jews. See also about Jewish names.
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ALTE (1)אַלְטֶעfYiddish
Feminine form of ALTER.
ALTERאַלְתֵרmYiddish
Means "old" in Yiddish. This name was traditionally given to a sickly newborn by Jewish parents in order to confuse the Angel of Death, in the hopes that he would go looking for somebody younger or somebody else.
ANSHELאַנְשֶׁעלmYiddish
Yiddish form of ANSELM, used as a vernacular form of Asher.
AVRUMאַבְֿרוּםmYiddish
Yiddish form of ABRAHAM.
BAILAבֵײלָאfYiddish
Means "white" in Yiddish.
BENESHבֶענֶעשׁmYiddish
Yiddish form of BENEDICT.
BERבֶערmYiddish
Means "bear" in Yiddish, a vernacular form of Dov.
BEYLKEבֵײלקֶעfYiddish
Diminutive of BAILA.
BLUMAבְלוּמָאfYiddish
Means "flower" in Yiddish.
BREINDELברַײנדְלfYiddish
Means "brunette" in Yiddish.
CHARNAטשארנאfYiddish
From a Slavic word meaning "black".
CHATZKELחַצְקֶעלmYiddish
Yiddish form of EZEKIEL.
DOVIDדודmYiddish
Yiddish form of DAVID.
DUDELדודלmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of DAVID.
EIDELאֵײדֶעלfYiddish
Means "delicate" in Yiddish.
EVRONֶבְֿרוֹןmYiddish
Yiddish form of EPHRAIM.
FAIGAפֵֿײגָאfYiddish
Variant of FAIGEL.
FAIGELפֵֿײגֶלfYiddish
Derived from Yiddish פֵֿײגֶל (feigel) meaning "bird".
FAIVISHפַֿײבֿוּשׁmYiddish
Yiddish form of PHOEBUS.
FAYVELפַֿײבֶֿעל, פַֿײוֶעלmYiddish
Variant transcription of FEIVEL.
FEIBUSHפַֿײבוּשׁmYiddish
Yiddish form of PHOEBUS, apparently used as a translation of Shimshon (see Samson).
FEIGEפֵֿײגָאfYiddish
Variant transcription of FAIGA.
FEIVELפַֿײבֶֿעל, פַֿײוֶעלmYiddish
Diminutive of FEIBUSH.
FISHELפִֿישֶׁעלmYiddish
Means "little fish" in Yiddish.
FISHKEפִֿישְׁקֶעmYiddish
Variant of FISHEL.
FREYDEפֿרײדעfYiddish
Means "joy" in Yiddish.
FRUMAפֿרוּמָאfYiddish
Means "pious" in Yiddish.
GAVRELגַאבְֿרֶעלmYiddish
Yiddish form of GABRIEL.
GITTELגִיטְלfYiddish
Means "good" in Yiddish.
GLUKEגְלוּקֶעfYiddish
Means "good luck" in Yiddish.
GLUKELגְלוּקְלfYiddish
Diminutive of GLUKE.
GOLDAגוֹלְדָאfYiddish
Means "gold" in Yiddish.
HASKELהַשְׂכֵּלmYiddish
Yiddish form of EZEKIEL.
HENAהֶענַאfYiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HENDAהֶענדָאfYiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HENDELהֶנדְלfYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of HANNAH.
HENEהֶענֶעfYiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HENYEהֶענְיֶעfYiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HERSCHELהירשׁלmAmerican, Yiddish
Variant of HERSHEL.
HERSHהירשׁmYiddish
Variant transcription of HIRSH.
HERSHELהירשׁלmAmerican, Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of HIRSH. As a non-Jewish American name (somewhat common around the end of the 19th century), it was likely inspired by the German surname HERSCHEL, borne for instance by the British-German astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822).
HESHELהשׁלmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of HIRSH.
HIRSHהירשׁmYiddish
Means "deer" in Yiddish. The deer is particularly associated with the tribe of Naphtali (see Genesis 49:21).
HIRSHELהירשׁלmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of HIRSH.
HODEהָאדֶעfYiddish
Yiddish form of HADASSAH.
HODELהָאדֶעלfYiddish
Diminutive of HODE.
HUDESהוּדֶעסfYiddish
Yiddish form of JUDITH.
HYMANהײמןmYiddish
Alteration of HYAM influenced by Yiddish man "man".
HYMIEmYiddish
Diminutive of HYMAN.
ISERאִיסֶרmYiddish
Yiddish form of ISRAEL.
ISSURאִיסָערmYiddish
Yiddish form of ISRAEL.
KAPELmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of JACOB.
KOPPELקָאפֶּּעלmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of JACOB.
KREINDELקְרַײנְדֶעלfYiddish
Diminutive of KREINE.
KREINEקְרַײנֶעfYiddish
Means "crown" in Yiddish.
LAZERלֵײזֶערmYiddish
Yiddish form of ELIEZER.
LEEBAלִיבָאfYiddish
Variant transcription of LIBA.
LIBAלִיבָאfYiddish
From Yiddish לִיבֵע (libe) meaning "love", of German origin.
LIEBERלִיבֶערmYiddish
From Yiddish לִיבֵע (libe) meaning "love", of German origin.
MENDELמֶנְדְלmYiddish
Originally this was probably a Yiddish diminutive of MANNO. It is now used as a diminutive of MENAHEM.
MIRELEמִירֶעלfYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of MIRIAM.
MOISHEמשהmYiddish
Yiddish form of MOSES.
MOTELמָאטְלmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of MORDECAI.
MOTKEמָאטקֶעmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of MORDECAI.
NOSSONנָתָןmYiddish
Yiddish form of Natan (see NATHAN).
PERELEfYiddish
Variant of PERLE.
PERLEfFrench, Yiddish
French and Yiddish cognate of PEARL. It is also used as a Yiddish vernacular form of Margaret.
RAISA (2)רֵײזָאfYiddish
Means "rose" in Yiddish.
RAISELרֵײזֶעלfYiddish
Diminutive of RAISA (2).
RAYNA (2)רֵײנָאfYiddish
Variant transcription of REINA (2).
REINA (2)רֵײנָאfYiddish
Derived from Yiddish רֵײן (rein) meaning "clean, pure". It is sometimes used as a Yiddish form of KATHERINE.
RIFKAרִיפְֿקָאfYiddish
Yiddish form of RIVKA.
RUCHELfYiddish
Yiddish form of RACHEL.
SELIGסֶעלִיגmYiddish
Means "blessed, happy" in Yiddish.
SENDERסֶנְדֶרmYiddish
Yiddish form of ALEXANDER.
SHAINAשֵׁײנָאfYiddish
Variant transcription of SHAYNA.
SHAINDELשֵׁײנדֶלfYiddish
Diminutive of SHAYNA.
SHAYNAשֵׁײנָאfYiddish
Means "beautiful" in Yiddish.
SHAYNAHשֵׁײנָאfYiddish
Variant transcription of SHAYNA.
SHEINEשֵׁײנֶעfYiddish
Variant of SHAYNA.
SHIMMELשִׁימְעֶלmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of SHIMON.
SHPRINTZAשְׁפּרִינְצָאfYiddish
Possibly a Yiddish form of ESPERANZA.
SHPRINTZEשְׁפּרִינְצֶעfYiddish
Possibly a Yiddish form of ESPERANZA.
SHPRINTZELשְׁפּרִינְצֶעלfYiddish
Possibly a Yiddish diminutive of ESPERANZA.
SISELסִיסְלfYiddish
Means "sweet" in Yiddish. This name is also used as a Yiddish form of CECILIA.
SROELmYiddish
Yiddish form of ISRAEL.
SURIfYiddish
Yiddish form of SARAH.
TEVYEטבֿיהmYiddish
Yiddish form of TOBIAH.
TOIBAטוֹיבָאfYiddish
Means "dove" in Yiddish.
TZEITELצַײטֶעלfYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of SARAH.
VELVELװֶעלװֶעלmYiddish
Means "wolf" in Yiddish. This name can also be used as a Yiddish form of WILLIAM.
VELVELAװֶלװֶלאfYiddish
Feminine form of VELVEL.
YANKELיַאנְקֶעלmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of JACOB.
YENTEיֶענטֶעfYiddish
Possibly a variant of YENTL. It also means "gossip" in Yiddish.
YENTLיֶענְטלfYiddish
Yiddish form of the French nickname Gentille, meaning "noble, aristocratic".
YIDELיִדְלmYiddish
Yiddish form of JUDAH.
YUDELיוּדֶעלmYiddish
Yiddish form of JUDAH.
YUSSELmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of JOSEPH.
YUTKEיוּטְקֶעfYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of JUDITH.
ZALMANזלמןmYiddish
Yiddish form of SOLOMON.
ZELDA (1)זֶעלְדָאfYiddish
Feminine form of SELIG.
ZELDEזֶעלְדֶעfYiddish
Feminine form of SELIG.
ZELIGזֶעלִיגmYiddish
Variant of SELIG.
ZISELזִיסֶעלfYiddish
Variant of SISEL.
ZUSAfYiddish
Means "sweet" in Yiddish.
ZUSMANזוּסמאַןmYiddish
Means "sweet man" in Yiddish.