Yiddish Surnames

These names are used by Yiddish-speaking Jews. See also about Jewish names.
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CHAIKINחײקיןYiddish
From a diminutive of the given name CHAYA.
MITTELMANYiddish
Nickname for a man of moderate means, ultimately from Old High German mittil "means, resources".
ORENSTEINYiddish
Means "horn stone" in German.
PASTERNAKPolish, Ukrainian, Russian, Yiddish
Means "parsnip" in various Slavic languages, ultimately from Latin pastinaca. A famous bearer was Boris Pasternak (1890-1960), author of 'Doctor Zhivago'.
PENZIGGerman, Yiddish
Denoted a person who came from Penzig, the German name for Pieńsk, a town in southwest Poland. Pieńsk is derived from Polish pień meaning "tree stump" or "tree trunk".
WALLACHYiddish
From Middle High German walch meaning "foreigner (from a Romance country)".
WANG (4)Yiddish
Name for a Jew from Hungary, ultimately from Russian Венгрия (Vengriya) "Hungary".