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Yiddish Names

You may already be familiar with Yiddish names if you’ve ever watched Fiddler on the Roof or An American Tail. Our trick for spotting Yiddish names is noting their creative spellings when written in Roman letters, for example Schmuel for Samuel.

Minah

Yiddish Origin

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Minna

Finnish Origin

French Origin

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Mirel

French: Rebellious

Yiddish: Bitter

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Reina

Czech Origin

Spanish: Queen

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Schmuel

Yiddish: Asked of God

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Shayne

Yiddish Origin

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Zemirah

German: Blessed, happy in life; variant of Selig

Yiddish: Blessed, happy in life; variant of Selig; Zelig was the name of a 1983 film by Woody Allen.

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Zipkiyah

Yiddish: Defends mankind; variant of Alexander

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