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 אַןְשֶׁעל 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 טשארנא f Yiddish
From a Slavic word meaning "black".
CHATZKEL חַץְקֶעל 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
Alternate transcription of Yiddish פַֿײבֶֿעל or פַֿײוֶעל (see FEIVEL).
FEIBUSH פַֿײבוּשׁ m Yiddish
Yiddish form of PHOEBUS, apparently used as a translation of Shimshon (see SAMSON).
FEIGE פֵֿײגָא f Yiddish
Alternate transcription of Yiddish פֵֿײגָא (see 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 הֶעןְיֶע f Yiddish
Yiddish form of HANNAH.
HERSCHEL הירשׁל m American, Yiddish
Variant of HERSHEL.
HERSH הירשׁ m Yiddish
Alternate transcription of Yiddish הירשׁ (see HIRSH).
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).
HESHEL השׁל m Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of HIRSH.
HIRSH הירשׁ m Yiddish
Means "deer" in Yiddish. The deer is particularly associated with the tribe of Naphtali (see Genesis 49:21).
HIRSHEL הירשׁל m Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of HIRSH.
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.
KAPEL m Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of JACOB.
KOPPEL קָאפֶּּעל m Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of JACOB.
KREINDEL קְרַײןְדֶעל 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
Alternate transcription of Yiddish לִיבָא (see LIBA).
LIBA לִיבָא f Yiddish
From Yiddish לִיבֵע (libe) meaning "love", of German origin.
LIEBER לִיבֶער m Yiddish
From Yiddish לִיבֵע (libe) meaning "love", of German origin.
MENDEL מֶןְדְל 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
Alternate transcription of Yiddish רֵײנָא (see 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 רִיףְֿקָא f Yiddish
Yiddish form of RIVKA.
RUCHEL f Yiddish
Yiddish form of RACHEL.
SELIG סֶעלִיג m Yiddish
Means "blessed, happy" in Yiddish.
SENDER סֶןְדֶר m Yiddish
Yiddish form of ALEXANDER.
SHAINA שֵׁײנָא f Yiddish
Alternate transcription of Yiddish שֵׁײנָא (see SHAYNA).
SHAINDEL שֵׁײנדֶל f Yiddish
Diminutive of SHAYNA.
SHANA (2) שֵׁײנָא f Yiddish
Alternate transcription of Yiddish שֵׁײנָא (see SHAYNA).
SHAYNA שֵׁײנָא f Yiddish
Means "beautiful" in Yiddish.
SHAYNAH שֵׁײנָא f Yiddish
Alternate transcription of Yiddish שֵׁײנָא (see SHAYNA).
SHEINE שֵׁײנֶע f Yiddish
Variant of SHAYNA.
SHIMMEL שִׁיםְעֶל m Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of SHIMON.
SHPRINTZA שְׁפּרִיןְצָא f Yiddish
Possibly a Yiddish form of ESPERANZA.
SHPRINTZE שְׁפּרִיןְצֶע f Yiddish
Possibly a Yiddish form of ESPERANZA.
SHPRINTZEL שְׁפּרִיןְצֶעל 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 יַאןְקֶעל m Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of JACOB.
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".
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.