Yiddish Submitted Names

These names are used by Yiddish-speaking Jews. See also about Jewish names.
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ABIRImJewish, Yiddish
Means "my hero" or "my strength" in Hebrew.
ADELfYiddish, Hebrew
Means "God is eternal" in Hebrew. It is also the Yiddish form of Adina.
AIDELfYiddish
Means "cultured, refined, delicate" in Yiddish.
AMALYAfYiddish, Hebrew
Means "labour of Yahweh" in Hebrew. This name could also be used as a Yiddish feminine form of Amal.
AMELEfYiddish
Possibly a form of Amalya.
AMSCHELmYiddish
Variant of Amshel. This name was borne by several members of the famous Rothschild family, the most notable being Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812).
AMSHELmYiddish
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".
ANSCHELmYiddish
German-Yiddish variant of Anshel.
ASNATfYiddish, Hebrew
Variant transcription of 'Asenat. 'The Biblical pronunciation is "Asnat"; today, it is often pronounced "Osnat".'
BADANAfYiddish
Unknown meaning of the Yiddish name. Somehow Americanized to Martha.
BAILEMmEnglish, Hebrew, Yiddish
means "he who watches over his siblings." This name is usually given to the first son. Bailem is somewhat connected to Bailey.
BASCHAfYiddish
Variant of Basha.
BASELfJewish, Yiddish
Yiddish form of Batya.
BASHAfJewish, Yiddish
Yiddish form of Batya.
BATKAfJewish, Yiddish
Batka is Yiddish form of the Hebrew name Batya, meaning "Daughter of G-d".
BAYLAfYiddish
Variant of Baila.
BEHIRAfHebrew, American, Yiddish
Modern Hebrew name meaning "clear", "fair". Often a translation of Claire or Clara.... [more]
BEILAfJewish, Yiddish
Yiddish equivalent of Bella.
BEILEfYiddish
Variant of Beila.
BEILLEfYiddish, Jewish
French-Yiddish form of Baila and/or Beila.
BELAfYiddish
Variant of Bella and Beila.
BELKAfYiddish
Diminutive of Beila and its variants.
BENDITmJewish, Yiddish
Yiddish form of Benedikt. This was generally used as a secular form of Baruch. (See also Seligmann)
BERELmJewish, Yiddish
Diminutive of Ber.
BERTEfJewish, Yiddish
Means "knoll" in Yiddish. It is also considered the Yiddish form of the name Bertha.
BERURAfAmerican, Yiddish, Hebrew
A name of Hebrew origin meaning "pure".
BESCHAfYiddish
Variant of Bascha.
BESSELYNfMedieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Diminutive of Basel (via its variant Besel). It was recorded in 14th-century Frankfurt, Germany.
BEYLEfYiddish
Variant of Beila.
BIELKEfYiddish
Variant of BEYLKE. Jerry Bock used this for the name of Tevye's fifth daughter in his musical "Fiddler on the Roof" (1964).
BINAfYiddish, 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]
BLIMAfYiddish
Variant of Bluma.
BLIMYfYiddish
Diminutive of Blima.
BLOEMINAfYiddish
Dutch-Yiddish diminutive of Bluma.
BLOEMKEfYiddish
Dutch-Yiddish diminutive of Bluma.
BLÜMLEfYiddish
German-Yiddish diminutive of Bluma.
BOBEfYiddish
Means "grandmother" in Yiddish. This is the feminine equivalent of Zeyde.
BODHANAfJewish, 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]
BRANDELfYiddish
Means "little flame" in Yiddish.
BRÄUNLEfMedieval 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.
BREINDYfYiddish
Diminutive of Breindel.
BREINLEfYiddish
German-Yiddish variant of Breindel (see also Bräunle).
BRONNELINfMedieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Variant of Bräunle. It was recorded in early 16th-century Frankfurt, Germany.
BRUCHAfYiddish
Variant of Bracha.
BRUCHYfYiddish
Diminutive of Brucha and Bracha.
BRYNAfEnglish, Yiddish (Anglicized)
Yiddish ברײַנא from German Bräune "brown(ness)".
BUNEMmYiddish
Likely derived from French bon homme "good man".
CEITAfYiddish
Variant of Tzeitel.
CESIAfJewish, Polish, Yiddish
Yiddish and Polish short form of Cecilia (in the Polish case of Cecylia).... [more]
CHABAfAmerican, Yiddish, Hebrew
Variant transcription of Chava.
CHAJEfYiddish
Yiddish form of Chaya.
CHANYfYiddish
Diminutive of Channah.
CHARNEfYiddish
Variant of Charna.
CHARNKEfYiddish
Diminutive of Charna.
CHAVALAfHebrew, Yiddish
Diminutive of Chava. Chavaleh is a song in the musical Fiddler on the Roof, sung by Tevye about his daughter Chava.... [more]
CHAVELEfYiddish
Diminutive of Chava.
CHAVYfYiddish
Diminutive of Chava.
CHEICHEfYiddish
Diminutive of Chaje.
CHEILEfYiddish
Diminutive of Chaje and variant of Cheiche.
CHERNAfYiddish
Variant of Charna.
CHIELmJewish, Yiddish
Yiddish short form of Jechiel.
CHIELAfYiddish (Rare)
Feminine form of Chiel.
CHUZCHEfMedieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Recorded in medieval Frankfurt, Germany.
CISAfYiddish
Found in documents from the early 1800s regarding contemporary Yiddish-speakers in Poland.
COUSSIELmYiddish (Archaic)
Archaic French-Yiddish form of Kusel.
CREINEfYiddish
Variant transcription of Kreine (which may be a Yiddish form of Keren).
CYPAfYiddish
Short form of Cypojra, found in Polish documents from the early 1800s.
CYPOJRAfYiddish
Presumably a Polish Yiddish form of Tziporah, found in Polish documents from the early 1800s.
DAVRUSHAfYiddish
Allegedly a Yiddish form of Deborah.
DEROZHAfYiddish
A Yiddish name taken from the Slavic, meaning 'my dear little one'.
DEVOYREfYiddish
Yiddish form of Deborah.
DINEfYiddish
Yiddish form of Dinah.
DINORELLAfYiddish
Elaborated form of Dinora.
DOBAfJewish, Hebrew, Yiddish
Probably a Yiddish short form of Dvorah influenced by Slavic dobro, "good".... [more]
DOBEfYiddish
Derived from Slovak-Yiddish dobre "good".
DOVAfYiddish, Hebrew
Feminine form of Dov.
DREISELfJewish, Yiddish
Yiddish form of Drusilla.
DREYZEfYiddish
Yiddish feminine name, probably derived from the German name Theresia. Alternatively it may be a Yiddish form of Slavic Derozha, Drozha.
DUBEfMedieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Medieval variant of Taube, recorded in 15th-century Frankfurt, Germany.
DÜRZfMedieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Medieval German-Yiddish form of Tirzah. It was recorded in medieval Frankfurt, Germany.
EFROIMmYiddish
Yiddish for Ephraim.
EISIKmYiddish
German-Yiddish form of Isaac.
ELYEmYiddish
Yiddish form of Elijah.
ENDLAfYiddish
Polish Yiddish name related to Yentl, found in Polish documents from the early 1800s.
ENIAfYiddish
Found in documents from the early 1800s regarding contemporary Yiddish-speakers in Poland.
ENYEfYiddish
Means "grace" in Yiddish.
ETKEfYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of Esther.
FAIGYfYiddish
Diminutive of Faiga or Faigel
FAITELmYiddish
Derived from the Latin name Vitalis, meaning "full of life". Similar in meaning to the Hebrew name Haim.... [more]
FANYAfYiddish
From the Spanish Estafania, brought to Eastern Europe by the Jews expelled from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition.
FAUGELfYiddish
Either a variant of Faigel or a younger form of Vogel.
FEIBESCHmYiddish (Archaic)
German-Yiddish variant of Feibush.
FEIGAfYiddish
Variant of Faiga.
FEIGLEfYiddish
Diminutive of Feige.
FEIJELmYiddish
Russian-Yiddish form of Feyel.
FEITELfJewish, Yiddish
Yiddish amuletic name, from Italian "vitale". Yiddish form of Judeo-Spanish name Vita.... [more]
FEYELmMedieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Recorded in medieval Frankfurt, Germany.
FISCHELmYiddish
German-Yiddish variant of Fishel.
FRADELfYiddish
Diminutive of Freyde.
FRADYfYiddish
Diminutive of Freyde.
FRAIDAfYiddish
Variant of Freyde.
FRAIDYfYiddish
Diminutive of Freyde.
FREIDELfYiddish
Diminutive of Freyde.
FREIDYfYiddish
Diminutive of Freyde.
FREYDAfYiddish
Variant of Freyde.
FRIEDELm & fDutch (Rare), Flemish (Rare), German, Yiddish
Dutch, Flemish and German short form of Fridolin and its feminine forms Fridolina and Fridoline.... [more]
FRIMCHAfYiddish
Diminutive of Fruma.
FRIMETfYiddish
Presumably a (Polish?) Yiddish name related to Frima, found in documents from the early 1800s regarding contemporary Yiddish-speakers in Poland.
FRIMETTAfYiddish
Yiddish diminutive / pet form of Frima.
FRIMMYfYiddish
Diminutive of Fruma.
FRIMYfYiddish
Diminutive of Fruma.
FROMMETfYiddish
Variant of Frumet and Fromut. Alternately, this Yiddish name is derived from old provincial French, and refers to "a species of grape".
FROMUTfMedieval 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.
FRUMETfYiddish
Diminutive of Fruma (see also Frimet).
FRUMIfYiddish
Diminutive of Fruma.
FRUMIEfYiddish
Diminutive of Fruma.
FRUMITfYiddish
Diminutive of Fruma.
GAVRELAfYiddish
Yiddish feminine form of Gabriel.
GENAfYiddish
Meaning unknown.... [more]
GITEfYiddish
Younger form of Gute (see also the diminutive forms Gitl and Gittel).
GITELfYiddish
Variant of Gittel.
GITSHEfJewish, Yiddish
Diminutive of Gittel.
GLIKEfYiddish
Variant of Gluke.
GLÜCKfMedieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Variant of Gluke (which coincides with the German word Glück "good luck; bliss, happiness").... [more]
GOLDEfYiddish
Variant of Golda.
GOLDYfYiddish
Diminutive of Golda.
GRUNNAHfYiddish
Derived from German grün meaning "green".
GUDELAfMedieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Variant of Guthela. It was recorded in Frankfurt, Germany in the 1300s.
GUTEfYiddish, Medieval Jewish
Derived from German gut "good".
GUTLINfMedieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Diminutive of Gute and Guta, recorded in Frankfurt, Germany throughout the 14th century.
GUTTAfYiddish
Variant of Guta.
HADASSfYiddish
Variant of Hadassah, used in the 1983 film, 'Yentl'.
HADASSEfYiddish (?), Jewish
German variant of Hadassah.
HENCHYfYiddish
Diminutive of Hannah.
HENDLAfYiddish
Variant of Hendel.
HENTSHEfJewish, Yiddish
Diminutive of Henda.
HERSCHELLmYiddish
German Yiddish variant of Hershel.
HERSZmYiddish, Jewish
(Polish?) Yiddish variant of Hersh.
HERZmYiddish
This name was apparently used as a secular form of Naphtali.
HERZLmHebrew (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.
HESSAfJewish, Yiddish
Short form of Hentshe.
HEYNEKHmYiddish
Yiddish form of Enoch.
HINDAfYiddish, Jewish
Means "deer" in Yiddish, related to the English word "hind". A common nickname is Hindy or Hindie.
HINDYfYiddish
Diminutive of Hinda.
HIRSCHmYiddish
German-Yiddish variant of Hersh, which was originally used to translate Tzvi.... [more]
ICEKmYiddish (Russified)
Russified Yiddish form of Isaac
ITELLAfYiddish
(Polish?) Yiddish elaboration of Itta (via its variant Ita), found in documents from the early 1800s regarding contemporary Yiddish-speakers in Poland.
ITTAfJewish, Yiddish
Ashkenazic pet form of Yehudit. Also variant spelling of Ita.
IZAfJewish, Yiddish
Yiddish short form of Isabelle.
IZRAELmYiddish
Polish-Yiddish form of Israel.
JACHETfYiddish
(German) Yiddish variant of Yachet.
JAYZLm & fYiddish
Yiddish form of Joseph and Josephine.
JENTAfYiddish
Polish and German Yiddish variant of Yente.
JENTEfYiddish
German-Yiddish form of Yente.
JENTHAfYiddish
Variant of Jenta.
JISKEfJewish, Yiddish
Possibly a Yiddish variant of Jiska.
JISZKÁfYiddish
Hungarian-Yiddish variant of the Hebrew name Yiskah, which means "to behold" (with a context of foresight/precognition). ... [more]
JITTELfYiddish
Possibly a variant of Gittel.
JIZCHAKmYiddish
German and Polish rendering of Yitzhak.
JUDISfYiddish
Variant of Judys.
JUDYSfYiddish
(Polish?) Yiddish variant of Yehudis, found in Polish documents from the early 1800s.
JULAfYiddish
Variant of Jule.
JULEfMedieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Diminutive of Judlin, recorded in Frankfurt, Germany.
KALMANmJewish, Yiddish
Yiddish form of Kalonymos or Clement.
KAYLAfYiddish
Diminutive of Kelila.
KEILEfYiddish
German-Yiddish form of Kelila.
KETZELfYiddish, English
Yiddish for "kitten". Usually used as a nickname.
KEYLAfYiddish
Diminutive of Kelila.
KHANEfYiddish
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).
KHASKEfYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of Hannah.
KHASKLmYiddish
Variant of Chatzkel or Haskel, Yiddish forms of the Hebrew name Yechezkel (see Ezekiel).
KRENLEfYiddish (Archaic)
German-Yiddish diminutive of Kreine.
KRESSELfJewish, Yiddish
Pet form of Kressia, the Yiddish form of the Judeo-Spanish name Gracia, used as an alternative to Channah.
KRESSIAfYiddish
Yiddish form of Gracia. Used as an alternative to Chana ... [more]
KROYNEfYiddish
Derived from Yiddish kroyn "crown". (Cf. Kreine.)
KUSELmYiddish
Yiddish form of Jekusiel.
LÈALEfYiddish
Italian-Yiddish diminutive of Lea.
LEIBmYiddish, Czech, Polish
From the Yiddish word leyb meaning "lion". The lion was associated with the tribe of Judah.
LEIBAfYiddish
Feminine form of Leib.
LEIBUSHmYiddish
Diminutive of LEIB
LEYAfYiddish, Jewish
Yiddish form of Lea.
LIBEfYiddish
Variant of Liba.
LIBIfYiddish
Variant of Leeba.
LIBSCHEfYiddish
Diminutive of Libe and Liba.
LIEBCHENfYiddish
Diminutive of Liebe. It coincides with the German term of endearment Liebchen "sweetheart".
LIEBEfYiddish
Variant of Leeba (via its variant forms Liba and Libe).... [more]
LIEVmYiddish
Yiddish variant of Lev (2). A famous bearer is Liev Schreiber, an American actor.
LILKAfPolish, Yiddish
Polish diminutive of Liliana, Lucyna, Alicja, etc.
LIPAmJewish, Yiddish
Short form of Lipman.
LIPMANmJewish, Yiddish
Yiddish form of the Judeo-German name Liberman, meaning "beloved man".
LIPSHEfJewish, Yiddish
Diminutive of Liba.
LOITAfYiddish
Found in documents from the early 1800s regarding contemporary Yiddish-speakers in Poland.
MAIDELfJewish, Yiddish
Yiddish name and word for "young girl."
MÄNDLEmMedieval Jewish, Yiddish
Recorded in medieval Frankfurt, Germany.
MATIfJewish, Hebrew, Yiddish, Judeo-Spanish
Pet form of Mathilde, Matilda or Matel, often used among chassidim or in Israel.
MATLAfYiddish
Found in documents from the early 1800s regarding contemporary Yiddish-speakers in Poland.
MAYLECHmYiddish
Yiddish short form of Elimelech.
MAZELfYiddish
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.
MEILECHmYiddish, Jewish
Yiddish short form of Elimelech.
MELCHEfMedieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Possibly an archaic Yiddish form of Malka. It was recorded in medieval Frankfurt, Germany.
MENDYmJewish, Yiddish
Diminutive of Mendel.
MERLfYiddish
Diminutive of Miryam.
MERLEfMedieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Recorded in 16th-century Frankfurt, Germany.
MICHLAfYiddish
Likely the derived from Michal (2).
MILKELEfYiddish
Diminutive of Milka.
MINAfYiddish
Allegedly derived from Old High German Minne "love" (see also Leeba and its variants).
MINDELfJewish, Yiddish
Diminutive of Mina.
MINDLAfYiddish
Presumably a Polish Yiddish form of Mindel, found in documents from the early 1800s regarding contemporary Yiddish-speakers in Poland.
MINDYfYiddish
Diminutive of Mindel.
MIRELfYiddish
Diminutive of Miriam.
MIRIfYiddish
Diminutive of Miriam.
MIRKEfDutch (Rare), Yiddish
Diminutive form of Miriam. In some cases, it is the Dutch feminine form of Mirko.
MIRLAfYiddish
Polish Yiddish name, presumably related to Mirele. Found in documents from the early 1800s regarding contemporary Yiddish-speakers in Poland.
MÖSCHELmMedieval Jewish, Yiddish (Archaic)
Variant of Moyshe, recorded in the 14th and 15th centuries.
MOSZEKmJewish, Yiddish, Polish
Diminutive of Moshe.
MOTLmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of Mordechai.
MOTYLmYiddish
Yiddish diminutive of Mordechai.
MOVCHAmRussian, Yiddish
Russian or Yiddish version of Moses. This was the birth name of the painter Marc Chagal.
MUSAfYiddish
Possibly a feminine form of Moshe.
MUSHKAfYiddish
Diminutive of Muskat. Mushka is commonly used in the Orthodox Jewish community as a feminine equivalent form for the name Moses.
MUSKATfYiddish
Derived from Old French, Muscade, meaning "nutmeg, an aromatic spice". Source: 'Jewish Personal Names' by Rabbi Shmuel Gorr (Avotaynu, Inc. 1992).
NISSELfJewish, Yiddish
Yiddish name. May be a pet form of Nessia, or a female form of Nissan or Nissim.