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Gender Masculine
Usage Yiddish
Scripts אַלטער(Yiddish) אלתר(Hebrew)

Meaning & History

From Yiddish אַלט (alt) meaning "old". 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.
Feminine FormAlte
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