I’m creating a list of Yiddish names to help you identify the names you find in your family tree, and learn out about their meaning and origin.
In this post, I’ve included a list of Yiddish names for girls. (A similar list of Yiddish names for boys is also in the works – coming soon) There are many interesting Yiddish girls names which you may find in your family. You may even consider giving your own daughter a Yiddish name after a relative of that name. Naming after deceased ancestors is a very old Jewish tradition and a way of handing down an inheritance of good character to the next generation, since we believe that a person’s soul is attached to their name. Some Yiddish names sound very old-fashioned, while others are making a comeback. In this list, I have also added the Hebrew equivalent of many Yiddish names, as these are quite popular among parents who want to carry on the family names but don’t want to give a Yiddish name to their child, for whatever reason.
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Note: This list is still a work in progress – I just started with 20 Yiddish names that came to mind. I’m sure I missed many. If you want to add a name to this list and learn more about it’s origin and meaning, write it in the comment are below.