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Yiddish Names

Yiddish baby names came close to being extinct at one point, but now are undergoing a revival along with the Yiddish language and a fashion for vintage names with personal meanings.
Jewish parents may want to honor an ancestor with a Yiddish name or simply find names for a son or daughter that honor the Yiddish language as a component of their Jewish heritage.

Browse all of Nameberry's Yiddish names, originally brought to the US a century or more ago by Ashkenazic Jews immigrating from Germany and Eastern Europe, on the complete roster here.The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity.Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.
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Top Yiddish Names

  • Moshe

    An older generation name still used by Conservative Jews. In the past it was translated to names like Morris, Moe and Maurice.Read More 

  • Chaya

    A life-affirming choice—just beware pronunciation issues among the goyim in your neighborhood.Read More 

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