Menu

Yiddish Names

LeibHeart

  • Origin:

    Yiddish
  • Meaning:

    "roaring lion"
  • Description:

    Appealing name because, in German and Yiddish, it also means "dear".

RifkaHeart

  • Origin:

    Yiddish variation of Rivka, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "to tie, bind"
  • Description:

    The Yiddish form of Rivka hums along at the bottom of the baby name charts. It's been given to anywhere between 5 and 20 baby girls since the late '60s. Rivka is currently more than 30 times as popular, but for Jewish families, the softer (but still saucy) Rifka may be due for a comeback.

ZalmanHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Solomon
  • Meaning:

    "peace"
  • Description:

    More familiar now via its Salman form, thanks to author Rushdie; this is an unusual biblical alternative.

RozaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian and Polish variation of Rosa
  • Description:

    Adds some zest to Rosa.

PessaHeart

  • Origin:

    Yiddish
  • Meaning:

    "pearl"
  • Description:

    Old-fashioned enough to the American ear that literally no baby girls received the name in the US in the most recent year counted. Though might Pessa provide a more unique spin on Tessa? It certainly has a lovely meaning, one shared with Margaret.

RayselHeart

  • Origin:

    Yiddish
  • Meaning:

    "rose"
  • Description:

    See RAIZEL.

HavaHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern variation of Eve
  • Description:

    English speakers might be tempted to riff on this name via puns on the homonphone "have a". But as teasing potentials go, it's a mild one.

FraydaHeart

  • Origin:

    Yiddish
  • Meaning:

    "joy"
  • Description:

    An old favorite in traditional Jewish families.

HaskelHeart

  • Origin:

    Yiddish variation of Ezekiel
  • Description:

    Rarely used cerebral-sounding name that is actually the Yiddish form of Ezekiel.

AbushHeart

  • Origin:

    Yiddish diminutive of Abraham
  • Meaning:

    "Father of multitudes"
  • Description:

    Whether you're looking for an unexpected nickname for the imposing Abraham or a fresh spin on the Biblical classic, this highly unusual variation might appeal to namers with a sense of adventure.

YehuditHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew variation of Judith
  • Description:

    Stuck in the Old Country.