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.
Means "bear" in Yiddish, a vernacular form of Dov
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).
Means "deer" in Yiddish. The deer is particularly associated with the tribe of Naphtali
(see Genesis 49:21).
Means "sweet" in Yiddish. This name is also used as a Yiddish form of CECILIA
Means "wolf" in Yiddish. This name can also be used as a Yiddish form of WILLIAM
Yiddish form of the French nickname Gentille
, meaning "noble, aristocratic".