Yiddish Names

These names are used by Yiddish-speaking Jews. See also about Jewish names.
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ALTE (1)   אַלְטֶע   f   Yiddish
Feminine form of ALTER.
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.
ANSHEL   אַנְשֶׁעל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of ANSELM, used as a vernacular form of Asher.
AVRUM   אַבְֿרוּם   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of ABRAHAM.
BAILA   בֵײלָא   f   Yiddish
Means "white" in Yiddish.
BENESH   בֶענֶעשׁ   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of BENEDICT.
BER   בֶער   m   Yiddish
Means "bear" in Yiddish, a vernacular form of Dov.
BEYLKE   בֵײלקֶע   f   Yiddish
Diminutive of BAILA.
BLUMA   בְלוּמָא   f   Yiddish
Means "flower" in Yiddish.
BREINDEL   ברַײנדְל   f   Yiddish
Means "brunette" in Yiddish.
CHARNA   f   Yiddish
From a Slavic word meaning "black".
CHATZKEL   חַצְקֶעל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of EZEKIEL.
DOVID   דוד   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of DAVID.
DUDEL   דודל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of DAVID.
EIDEL   אֵײדֶעל   f   Yiddish
Means "delicate" in Yiddish.
EVRON   ֶבְֿרוֹן   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of EPHRAIM.
FAIGA   פֵֿײגָא   f   Yiddish
Variant of FAIGEL.
FAIGEL   פֵֿײגֶל   f   Yiddish
Derived from Yiddish פֵֿײגֶל (feigel) meaning "bird".
FAIVISH   פַֿײבֿוּשׁ   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of PHOEBUS.
FAYVEL   פַֿײבֶֿעל, פַֿײוֶעל   m   Yiddish
Variant transcription of FEIVEL.
FEIBUSH   פַֿײבוּשׁ   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of PHOEBUS, apparently used as a translation of Shimshon (see Samson).
FEIGE   פֵֿײגָא   f   Yiddish
Variant transcription of FAIGA.
FEIVEL   פַֿײבֶֿעל, פַֿײוֶעל   m   Yiddish
Diminutive of FEIBUSH.
FISHEL   פִֿישֶׁעל   m   Yiddish
Means "little fish" in Yiddish.
FISHKE   פִֿישְׁקֶע   m   Yiddish
Variant of FISHEL.
FREYDE   פֿרײדע   f   Yiddish
Means "joy" in Yiddish.
FRUMA   פֿרוּמָא   f   Yiddish
Means "pious" in Yiddish.
GAVREL   גַאבְֿרֶעל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of GABRIEL.
GITTEL   גִיטְל   f   Yiddish
Means "good" in Yiddish.
GLUKE   גְלוּקֶע   f   Yiddish
Means "good luck" in Yiddish.
GLUKEL   גְלוּקְל   f   Yiddish
Diminutive of GLUKE.
GOLDA   גוֹלְדָא   f   Yiddish
Means "gold" in Yiddish.
GOLDIE (2)   f   Yiddish
Variant of GOLDA.
HASKEL   הַשְׂכֵּל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of EZEKIEL.
HENA   הֶענַא   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HENDA   הֶענדָא   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HENDEL   הֶנדְל   f   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of HANNAH.
HENE   הֶענֶע   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HENYE   הֶענְיֶע   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HERSCHEL   הֶערשֶׁעל, הֶרשֶׁל   m   Yiddish, American
Variant of HERSHEL.
HERSH   הֶערְשׁ, הֶרְשׁ   m   Yiddish
Means "deer" in Yiddish. The deer is particularly associated with the tribe of Naphtali (see Genesis 49:21).
HERSHEL   הֶערשֶׁעל, הֶרשֶׁל   m   Yiddish, American
Yiddish diminutive of HERSH. 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 astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822).
HESHEL   הֶעשֶׁעל   m   Yiddish
Variant of HERSHEL.
HIRSH   הֶערְשׁ, הֶרְשׁ   m   Yiddish
Variant transcription of HERSH.
HIRSHEL   הֶערשֶׁעל, הֶרשֶׁל   m   Yiddish
Variant transcription of HERSHEL.
HODE   הָאדֶע   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of HADASSAH.
HODEL   הָאדֶעל   f   Yiddish
Diminutive of HODE.
HUDES   הוּדֶעס   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of JUDITH.
HYMAN   הײמן   m   Yiddish
Alteration of HYAM influenced by Yiddish man "man".
HYMIE   m   Yiddish
Diminutive of HYMAN.
ISER   אִיסֶר   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of ISRAEL.
ISSUR   אִיסָער   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of ISRAEL.
KAILA   קַײלָע   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of KELILA.
KAPEL   m   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of JACOB.
KAYLA (2)   קַײלָע   f   Yiddish
Variant transcription of KAILA.
KOPPEL   קָאפֶּּעל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of JACOB.
KREINDEL   קְרַײנְדֶעל   f   Yiddish
Diminutive of KREINE.
KREINE   קְרַײנֶע   f   Yiddish
Means "crown" in Yiddish.
LAZER   לֵײזֶער   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of ELIEZER.
LEEBA   לִיבָא   f   Yiddish
Means "beloved" in Yiddish.
LIEBER   לִיבֶער   m   Yiddish
Means "beloved" in Yiddish.
MENDEL   מֶנְדְל   m   Yiddish
Originally this was probably a Yiddish diminutive of MANNO. It is now used as a diminutive of MENAHEM.
MIRELE   מִירֶעל   f   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of MIRIAM.
MOISHE   משה   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of MOSES.
MOTEL   מָאטְל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of MORDECAI.
MOTKE   מָאטקֶע   m   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of MORDECAI.
NOSSON   נָתָן   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of Natan (see NATHAN).
PERELE   f   Yiddish
Variant of PERLE.
PERLE   f   French, Yiddish
French and Yiddish cognate of PEARL. It is also used as a Yiddish vernacular form of Margaret.
RAISA (2)   רֵײזָא   f   Yiddish
Means "rose" in Yiddish.
RAISEL   רֵײזֶעל   f   Yiddish
Diminutive of RAISA (2).
RAYNA (2)   רֵײנָא   f   Yiddish
Variant transcription of REINA (2).
REINA (2)   רֵײנָא   f   Yiddish
Derived from Yiddish רֵײן (rein) meaning "clean, pure". It is sometimes used as a Yiddish form of KATHERINE.
RIFKA   רִיפְֿקָא   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of RIVKA.
RUCHEL   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of RACHEL.
SELIG   סֶעלִיג   m   Yiddish
Means "blessed, happy" in Yiddish.
SENDER   סֶנְדֶר   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of ALEXANDER.
SHAINA   שֵׁײנָא   f   Yiddish
Variant transcription of SHAYNA.
SHAINDEL   שֵׁײנדֶל   f   Yiddish
Diminutive of SHAYNA.
SHAYNA   שֵׁײנָא   f   Yiddish
Means "beautiful" in Yiddish.
SHAYNAH   שֵׁײנָא   f   Yiddish
Variant transcription of SHAYNA.
SHEINE   שֵׁײנֶע   f   Yiddish
Variant of SHAYNA.
SHIMMEL   שִׁימְעֶל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of SHIMON.
SHPRINTZA   שְׁפּרִינְצָא   f   Yiddish
Possibly a Yiddish form of ESPERANZA.
SHPRINTZE   שְׁפּרִינְצֶע   f   Yiddish
Possibly a Yiddish form of ESPERANZA.
SHPRINTZEL   שְׁפּרִינְצֶעל   f   Yiddish
Possibly a Yiddish diminutive of ESPERANZA.
SISEL   סִיסְל   f   Yiddish
Means "sweet" in Yiddish. This name is also used as a Yiddish form of CECILIA.
SROEL   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of ISRAEL.
SURI   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of SARAH.
TEVYE   טבֿיה   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of TOBIAH.
TOIBA   טוֹיבָא   f   Yiddish
Means "dove" in Yiddish.
TZEITEL   צַײטֶעל   f   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of SARAH.
VELVEL   װֶעלװֶעל   m   Yiddish
Means "wolf" in Yiddish. This name can also be used as a Yiddish form of WILLIAM.
VELVELA   װֶלװֶלא   f   Yiddish
Feminine form of VELVEL.
YANKEL   יַאנְקֶעל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of JACOB.
YENTE   יֶענטֶע   f   Yiddish
Possibly a variant of YENTL. It also means "gossip" in Yiddish.
YENTL   יֶענְטל   f   Yiddish
Yiddish form of the French nickname Gentille, meaning "noble, aristocratic".
YIDEL   יִדְל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of JUDAH.
YUDEL   יוּדֶעל   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of JUDAH.
YUSSEL   m   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of JOSEPH.
YUTKE   יוּטְקֶע   f   Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of JUDITH.
ZALMAN   זלמן   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of SOLOMON.
ZELDA (1)   זֶעלְדָא   f   Yiddish
Feminine form of SELIG.
ZELDE   זֶעלְדֶע   f   Yiddish
Feminine form of SELIG.
ZELIG   זֶעלִיג   m   Yiddish
Variant of SELIG.
ZISEL   זִיסֶעל   f   Yiddish
Variant of SISEL.
ZUSA   f   Yiddish
Means "sweet" in Yiddish.
ZUSMAN   זוּסמאַן   m   Yiddish
Means "sweet man" in Yiddish.
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