ALTER אַלְתֵר m Yiddish
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.
BER בֶער m Yiddish
Means "bear" in Yiddish, a vernacular form of Dov
HERSHEL הירשׁל m American, 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).
HIRSH הירשׁ m Yiddish
Means "deer" in Yiddish. The deer is particularly associated with the tribe of Naphtali
(see Genesis 49:21).
MENDEL מֶןְדְל m Yiddish
Originally this was probably a Yiddish diminutive of MANNO
. It is now used as a diminutive of MENAHEM
SISEL סִיסְל f Yiddish
Means "sweet" in Yiddish. This name is also used as a Yiddish form of CECILIA
VELVEL װֶעלװֶעל m Yiddish
Means "wolf" in Yiddish. This name can also be used as a Yiddish form of WILLIAM
YENTE יֶענטֶע f Yiddish
Possibly a variant of YENTL
. It also means "gossip" in Yiddish.
YENTL יֶעןְטל f Yiddish
Yiddish form of the French nickname Gentille
, meaning "noble, aristocratic".