Yiddish Submitted Names

These names are used by Yiddish-speaking Jews. See also about Jewish names.
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ABIRI m Jewish, Yiddish
Means "my hero" or "my strength" in Hebrew.
ADEL f Yiddish, Hebrew
Means "God is eternal" in Hebrew. It is also the Yiddish form of Adina.
AIDEL f Yiddish
Means "cultured, refined, delicate" in Yiddish.
AMALYA f Yiddish, Hebrew
Means "labour of Yahweh" in Hebrew. This name could also be used as a Yiddish feminine form of Amal.
AMELE f Yiddish
Possibly a form of Amalya.
AMSCHEL m Yiddish
Variant of Amshel. This name was borne by several members of the famous Rothschild family, the most notable being Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812).
AMSHEL m Yiddish
Variant form of Anshel. It should be noted that there are also sources that claim that it is derived from Hebrew amsel or amzal meaning "thrush".
ANSCHEL m Yiddish
German-Yiddish variant of Anshel.
ASNAT f Yiddish, Hebrew
Variant transcription of 'Asenat. 'The Biblical pronunciation is "Asnat"; today, it is often pronounced "Osnat".'
AVIGAL f American, Yiddish, Hebrew
Yiddish form of Avigail.
AVIGALI f American, Yiddish, Hebrew
Yiddish form of Avigal.
AVROM m Yiddish
Yiddish form of Abraham.
BADANA f Yiddish
Variant of Bodhana.
BAILEM m English, Hebrew, Yiddish
means "he who watches over his siblings." This name is usually given to the first son. Bailem is somewhat connected to Bailey.
BASCHA f Yiddish
Variant of Basha.
BASEL f Jewish, Yiddish
Yiddish form of Batya.
BASHA f Jewish, Yiddish
Yiddish form of Batya.
BATKA f Jewish, Yiddish
Yiddish form of Batya.
BAYLA f Yiddish
Variant of Baila.
BEHIRA f Hebrew, American, Yiddish
Means "clear, bright" in Hebrew.
BEILA f Jewish, Yiddish
Yiddish equivalent of Bella.
BEILE f Yiddish
Variant of Beila.
BEILLE f Yiddish, Jewish
French-Yiddish form of Baila and/or Beila.
BELA f Yiddish
Variant of Bella and Beila.
BELKA f Yiddish
Diminutive of Beila and its variants.
BENDIT m Jewish, Yiddish
Yiddish form of Benedikt. This was generally used as a secular form of Baruch. (See also Seligmann)
BEREL m Jewish, Yiddish
Diminutive of Ber.
BERTE f Jewish, Yiddish
Means "knoll" in Yiddish. It is also considered the Yiddish form of the name Bertha.
BERURA f American, Yiddish, Hebrew
Means "pure" in Hebrew.
BESCHA f Yiddish
Variant of Bascha.
BESSELYN f Medieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Diminutive of Basel (via its variant Besel). It was recorded in 14th-century Frankfurt, Germany.
BIELKE f Yiddish
Variant of Beylke. Jerry Bock used this for the name of Tevye's fifth daughter in his musical 'Fiddler on the Roof' (1964).
BINA f Yiddish, Hebrew
Yiddish name derived from bin(e) "bee", which was originally used as a translation of the Hebrew name Deborah, though it has since become associated with modern Hebrew bina "understanding".... [more]
BLIMA f Yiddish
Variant of Bluma.
BLIMY f Yiddish
Diminutive of Blima.
BLOEMINA f Yiddish
Dutch-Yiddish diminutive of Bluma.
BLOEMKE f Yiddish
Dutch-Yiddish diminutive of Bluma.
BLÜMLE f Yiddish
German-Yiddish diminutive of Bluma.
BOBE f Yiddish
Means "grandmother" in Yiddish. This is the feminine equivalent of Zeyde.
BODHANA f Jewish, Yiddish
Bodhana is a Yiddish name, made from the combined elements of BOD (the Ukranian word meaning G-d) and HAN (from the Hebrew, meaning gracious).... [more]
BORISCH m Yiddish (Archaic)
Yiddish form of Baruch.
BORUCH m Yiddish
Yiddish form of Baruch.
BORUCHEL m Yiddish
Combination of Baruch and Israel and variants alike, meaning Bless Israel. Common nickname upon Jews with these two names.
BRANCHA f Jewish, Yiddish
Diminutive of Breindel.
BRANDEL f Yiddish
Means "little flame" in Yiddish.
BRÄUNLE f Medieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Late medieval Yiddish name derived from German braun "brown" and Bräune "brownness", it is a cognate of Breindel. This name was recorded in early 16th-century Frankfurt, Germany.
BREINDY f Yiddish
Diminutive of Breindel.
BREINE f Yiddish
Variant of Breinle.
BREINLE f Yiddish
German-Yiddish variant of Breindel (see also Bräunle).
BRONNELIN f Medieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Variant of Bräunle. It was recorded in early 16th-century Frankfurt, Germany.
BRUCHA f Yiddish
Variant of Bracha.
BRUCHY f Yiddish
Diminutive of Brucha and Bracha.
BRYNA f English, Yiddish (Anglicized)
Yiddish ברײַנא from German Bräune "brown(ness)".
BUNEM m Yiddish
Likely derived from French bon homme "good man".
CEITA f Yiddish
Variant of Tzeitel.
CESIA f Silesian, Yiddish
Yiddish and Silesian short form of Cecylia.
CHABA f American, Yiddish, Hebrew
Variant transcription of Chava.
CHAJE f Yiddish
Yiddish form of Chaya.
CHANY f Yiddish
Diminutive of Channah.
CHARNE f Yiddish
Variant of Charna.
CHARNKE f Yiddish
Diminutive of Charna.
CHAVALA f Hebrew, Yiddish
Diminutive of Chava. Chavaleh is a song in the musical Fiddler on the Roof, sung by Tevye about his daughter Chava.
CHAVELE f Yiddish
Diminutive of Chava.
CHAVY f Yiddish
Diminutive of Chava.
CHEICHE f Yiddish
Diminutive of Chaje.
CHEILE f Yiddish
Diminutive of Chaje and variant of Cheiche.
CHEMIA m Yiddish
Diminutive of Nechemyah.
CHERNA f Yiddish
Variant of Charna.
CHIEL m Jewish, Yiddish
Yiddish short form of Jechiel.
CHIELA f Yiddish (Rare)
Feminine form of Chiel.
CHUZCHE f Medieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Recorded in medieval Frankfurt, Germany.
CISA f Yiddish
Found in documents from the early 1800s regarding contemporary Yiddish-speakers in Poland.
COUSSIEL m Yiddish (Archaic)
Archaic French-Yiddish form of Kusel.
CREINE f Yiddish
Variant transcription of Kreine (which may be a Yiddish form of Keren).
CURTEL f Yiddish
Polish spelling of Tzurtel
CYPA f Yiddish
Short form of Cypojra, found in Polish documents from the early 1800s.
CYPOJRA f Yiddish
Presumably a Polish Yiddish form of Tziporah, found in Polish documents from the early 1800s.
DAVRUSHA f Yiddish
Allegedly a Yiddish form of Deborah.
DEROZHA f Yiddish
A Yiddish name taken from the Slavic, meaning 'my dear little one'.
DEVOYRE f Yiddish
Yiddish form of Deborah.
DINE f Yiddish
Yiddish form of Dinah.
DINORELLA f Yiddish
Elaborated form of Dinora.
DOBA f Jewish, Hebrew, Yiddish
Probably a Yiddish short form of Dvorah influenced by Slavic dobro, "good".... [more]
DOBE f Yiddish
Derived from Slovak-Yiddish dobre "good".
DOBRA f Bulgarian, Medieval Polish, Yiddish
Derived from the Slavic element dobru "good".... [more]
DOVA f Yiddish, Hebrew
Feminine form of Dov.
DREISEL f Jewish, Yiddish
Yiddish form of Drusilla.
DREYZE f Yiddish
Yiddish feminine name, probably derived from the German name Theresia. Alternatively it may be a Yiddish form of Slavic Derozha, Drozha.
DUBE f Medieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Medieval variant of Taube, recorded in 15th-century Frankfurt, Germany.
DÜRZ f Medieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Medieval German-Yiddish form of Tirzah. It was recorded in medieval Frankfurt, Germany.
EDLA f Yiddish
A contracted form of the Yiddish Edel "noble."
EFROIM m Yiddish
Yiddish for Ephraim.... [more]
EFROJM m Yiddish
Variant of Efroim.
EISIK m Yiddish
German-Yiddish form of Isaac.
ELIE m Jewish, Yiddish
Short form of Eliezer or Elijah. A famous bearer is Elie Wiesel, Jewish rights activist.
ELYE m Yiddish
Yiddish form of Elijah.
ENDLA f Yiddish
Polish Yiddish name related to Yentl, found in Polish documents from the early 1800s.
ENIA f Yiddish
Found in documents from the early 1800s regarding contemporary Yiddish-speakers in Poland.
ENTLA f Polish, Yiddish
Eastern Yiddish form of Jentl.
ENYE f Yiddish
Means "grace" in Yiddish.
ETIL f Yiddish
A Yiddish girls' name, related to the Germanic element adal meaning "Noble"
ETKE f Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of Esther.
FAIGY f Yiddish
Diminutive of Faiga or Faigel.
FAITEL m Yiddish
Derived from the Latin name Vitalis, meaning "full of life". It came into use in Eastern Europe at the beginning of the 16th century.
FANYA f Yiddish
From the Spanish Estafania, brought to Eastern Europe by the Jews expelled from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition.
FAUGEL f Yiddish
Either a variant of Faigel or a younger form of Vogel.
FEIBESCH m Yiddish (Archaic)
German-Yiddish variant of Feibush.
FEIGA f Yiddish
Variant of Faiga.
FEIGEL f Jewish, Yiddish
Variant of Faigel.
FEIGLE f Yiddish
Diminutive of Feige.
FEIJEL m Yiddish
Russian-Yiddish form of Feyel.
FEITEL f Jewish, Yiddish
Yiddish amuletic name, from Italian "vitale". Yiddish form of Judeo-Spanish name Vita.... [more]
FEYEL m Medieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Recorded in medieval Frankfurt, Germany.
FISCHEL m Yiddish
German-Yiddish variant of Fishel.
FRADEL f Yiddish
Diminutive of Freyde.
FRADY f Yiddish
Diminutive of Freyde.
FRAIDA f Yiddish
Variant of Freyde.
FRAIDY f Yiddish
Diminutive of Freyde.
FREIDEL f Yiddish
Diminutive of Freyde.
FREIDY f Yiddish
Diminutive of Freyde.
FREUDE f Yiddish
See Freyde (Yiddish for “joy”). ... [more]
FREYDA f Yiddish
Variant of Freyde.
FRIEDEL m & f Dutch (Rare), Flemish (Rare), German, Yiddish
Dutch, Flemish and German short form of Fridolin and its feminine forms Fridolina and Fridoline.... [more]
FRIMA f Jewish, Yiddish
Variant of Fruma.
FRIMCHA f Yiddish
Diminutive of Fruma.
FRIMET f Yiddish
Presumably a (Polish?) Yiddish name related to Frima, found in documents from the early 1800s regarding contemporary Yiddish-speakers in Poland.
FRIMETTA f Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of Frima.
FRIMMY f Yiddish
Diminutive of Fruma.
FRIMY f Yiddish
Diminutive of Fruma.
FROIM m Yiddish
Variant of Efroim.
FROMMET f Yiddish
Variant of Frumet and Fromut. Alternately, this Yiddish name is derived from old provincial French, and refers to "a species of grape".
FROMUT f Medieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Late medieval variant of Frumet, possibly influenced by the German word Frohmut (compare Frohmut). It was recorded in 16th-century Frankfurt, Germany.
FRUMET f Yiddish
Diminutive of Fruma (see also Frimet).
FRUMI f Yiddish
Diminutive of Fruma.
FRUMIE f Yiddish
Diminutive of Fruma.
FRUMIT f Yiddish
Diminutive of Fruma.
GADOL m Yiddish
Yiddish for Gedaliah
GAMLIEL m Yiddish
Variant of Gamaliel.
GAVRELA f Yiddish
Yiddish feminine form of Gabriel.
GENA f Yiddish
Meaning unknown.... [more]
GESZA f Polish, Yiddish
Possibly a Yiddish and Polish form of Gesche
GITE f Yiddish
Younger form of Gute (see also the diminutive forms Gitl and Gittel).
GITEL f Yiddish
Variant of Gittel.
GITLA f Yiddish
Variation of Gitel.
GITSHE f Jewish, Yiddish
Diminutive of Gittel.
GLIKE f Yiddish
Variant of Gluke.
GLÜCK f Medieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Variant of Gluke (which coincides with the German word Glück "good luck; bliss, happiness").... [more]
GNENDEL f Yiddish
Diminutive of Gneshe.
GNESHE f Yiddish
Derived from Polish Agnieszka.
GOLDE f Yiddish
Variant of Golda.
GOLDY f Yiddish
Diminutive of Golda.
GRUNNAH f Yiddish
Derived from German grün meaning "green".
GUDELA f Medieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Variant of Guthela. It was recorded in Frankfurt, Germany in the 1300s.
GUTE f Yiddish, Medieval Jewish
Derived from German gut "good".
GUTLIN f Medieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Diminutive of Gute and Guta, recorded in Frankfurt, Germany throughout the 14th century.
GUTTA f Yiddish
Variant of Guta.
HADASS f Yiddish
Variant of Hadassah, used in the 1983 film, 'Yentl'.
HADASSE f Yiddish (?), Jewish
German variant of Hadassah.
HAYM m Hebrew, Yiddish
Variant of Chayyim.
HENACH m Yiddish
Yiddish form of Enoch.
HENCHY f Yiddish
Diminutive of Hannah.
HENDLA f Yiddish
Variant of Hendel.
HENTSHE f Jewish, Yiddish
Diminutive of Henda.
HERSCHELL m Yiddish
German Yiddish variant of Hershel.
HERSZ m Yiddish, Jewish
(Polish?) Yiddish variant of Hersh.
HERZ m Yiddish
This name was apparently used as a secular form of Naphtali.
HERZL m Hebrew (Rare), Yiddish (Rare)
Herzl is originally a Yiddish given name. Currently it is both given and surname for both Hebrew-speaking and Yiddish-speaking Jews. The most famous Herzl is Benyamin Ze'ev "Theodor" Herzl, a Hungarian journalist who founded Modern Zionism.
HESSA f Jewish, Yiddish
Diminutive of Hentshe.
HEYNEKH m Yiddish
Yiddish form of Enoch.
HINDA f Yiddish, Jewish
Means "deer" in Yiddish, related to the English word "hind". A common nickname is Hindy or Hindie.
HINDY f Yiddish
Diminutive of Hinda.
HIRSCH m Yiddish
German-Yiddish variant of Hersh, which was originally used to translate Tzvi.... [more]
ICEK m Yiddish (Russified)
Russified Yiddish form of Isaac.
ITELLA f Yiddish
(Polish?) Yiddish elaboration of Itta (via its variant Ita), found in documents from the early 1800s regarding contemporary Yiddish-speakers in Poland.
ITTA f Jewish, Yiddish
Ashkenazic pet form of Yehudit. Also variant spelling of Ita.
IZA f Jewish, Yiddish
Yiddish short form of Isabelle.
IZRAEL m Yiddish
Polish-Yiddish form of Israel.
JACHET f Yiddish
(German) Yiddish variant of Yachet.
JACHETA f Polish, Yiddish
Polonized form of Jachet, used mainly among Polish-Jews
JAYZL m & f Yiddish
Yiddish form of Joseph and Josephine.
JENTA f Yiddish
Polish and German Yiddish variant of Yente.
JENTE f Yiddish
German-Yiddish form of Yente.
JENTHA f Yiddish
Variant of Jenta.
JISKE f Jewish, Yiddish
Possibly a Yiddish variant of Jiska.
JISZKA f Yiddish
Hungarian-Yiddish form of Yiskah.
JITTEL f Yiddish
Possibly a variant of Gittel.
JIZCHAK m Yiddish
German and Polish rendering of Yitzhak.
JOCHWET f Polish, Jewish, Yiddish
Polish and Yiddish form of Jochebed.
JUDIS f Yiddish
Variant of Judys.
JUDYS f Yiddish
(Polish?) Yiddish variant of Yehudis, found in Polish documents from the early 1800s.
JULA f Yiddish
Variant of Jule.
JULE f Medieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Diminutive of Judlin, recorded in Frankfurt, Germany.
KALMAN m Jewish, Yiddish
Yiddish form of Kalonymos or Clement.
KALMEN m Jewish, Yiddish
Variant of Kalman.
KAYLA f Yiddish
Diminutive of Kelila.
KEILE f Yiddish
German-Yiddish form of Kelila.
KEJLA f Polish, Jewish, Yiddish, Swedish (Modern, Rare), Russian
Polish and Lithuanian spelling of Kayla, this form was far more common among Jews in Eastern Europe before it was overrode by its anglicized form of Kayla in the 1980s. This also occasionally occurs in use in Sweden, possibly an inspiration of the English Kayla.
KETZEL f Yiddish, English
Means "kitten" in Yiddish. It is typically used as a nickname.
KEYLA f Yiddish
Diminutive of Kelila.
KHANA f Yiddish
Yiddish form of Hannah.
KHANE f Yiddish
Yiddish form of Hannah. This is an earlier form of Hene, Henye and Hende, which are backformations from Hendl (see Hendel), itself a diminutive of Khane (now, of Hene).
KHASKE f Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of Hannah.
KHASKL m Yiddish
Variant of Chatzkel or Haskel, Yiddish forms of the Hebrew name Yechezkel (see Ezekiel).
KHATSKEL m Yiddish
Variant of Khaskl.
KIVA f Yiddish (?), Belarusian (?)
Feminine name recorded in the first official census of the Russian Empire (1897), found in the Grodno provinces (gubernia).
KRENLE f Yiddish (Archaic)
German-Yiddish diminutive of Kreine.
KRESSEL f Jewish, Yiddish
Pet form of Kressia, the Yiddish form of the Judeo-Spanish name Gracia, used as an alternative to Channah.
KRESSIA f Yiddish
Yiddish form of Gracia. Used as an alternative to Chana ... [more]
KROYNE f Yiddish
Derived from Yiddish kroyn "crown". (Cf. Kreine.)
KUSEL m Yiddish
Yiddish form of Jekusiel.
LÈALE f Yiddish
Italian-Yiddish diminutive of Lea.
LEIB m Yiddish
From the Yiddish word leyb meaning "lion". The lion was associated with the tribe of Judah.
LEIBA f Yiddish
Feminine form of Leib.
LEIBUSH m Yiddish
Diminutive of Leib.
LEISER m Yiddish
Alsatian Yiddish variant of Lazarus.
LESER m Medieval Jewish, Jewish (Archaic), Yiddish
German Yiddish variant of Lazarus.
LEYA f Yiddish, Jewish
Yiddish form of Lea.
LIBE f Yiddish
Variant of Liba.
LIBI f Yiddish
Variant of Leeba.
LIBSCHE f Yiddish
Diminutive of Libe and Liba.
LIEBCHEN f Yiddish
Diminutive of Liebe. It coincides with the German term of endearment Liebchen "sweetheart".
LIEBE f Yiddish
Variant of Leeba (via its variant forms Liba and Libe).... [more]
LIEV m Yiddish
Yiddish variant of Lev (2). A famous bearer is Liev Schreiber, an American actor.
LILKA f Polish, Yiddish
Polish diminutive of Liliana, Lucyna, Alicja, etc.
LIPA m Jewish, Yiddish
Short form of Lipman.
LIPMAN m Jewish, Yiddish
Yiddish form of the Judeo-German name Liberman, meaning "beloved man".
LIPSHE f Jewish, Yiddish
Diminutive of Liba.
LOITA f Yiddish
Found in documents from the early 1800s regarding contemporary Yiddish-speakers in Poland.
MAIDEL f Jewish, Yiddish
Yiddish name and word for "young girl."
MÄNDLE m Medieval Jewish, Yiddish
Recorded in medieval Frankfurt, Germany.
MANYA f Yiddish (Russified)
A Jewish and Yiddish styled form of Miriam and names alike. It's similar to the Russian diminutive Manya, which is of the Russian name Mariya, which is in fact a translation of Miriam.
MARYASHA f Jewish, Yiddish, Russian
Diminutive of Marya.
MATI f Jewish, Hebrew, Yiddish, Judeo-Spanish
Diminutive of Mathilde, Matilda or Matel, often used among chassidim or in Israel.
MAYLECH m Yiddish
Yiddish short form of Elimelech.
MAZEL f Yiddish
In Hebrew, the word is generally transliterated as mazal, and literally refers to a "star" or "planet in the night sky" or "zodiac constellation." It came to mean "lucky" in medieval times due to the widespread belief in astrology and that the planets and constellations can influence one's fate.
MEILECH m Yiddish, Jewish
Yiddish short form of Elimelech.