Yiddish Submitted Surnames

These names are used by Yiddish-speaking Jews. See also about Jewish names.
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ALTERMAN     Yiddish
It literally means "old man".
APPEL     German, Dutch, Jewish, Low German, Medieval Dutch, Yiddish
1. German: from the personal name Appel, a pet form of Apprecht (common especially in Thuringia and Franconia), itself a variant of Albrecht. ... [more]
APT     German, Yiddish
German: variant of Abt.... [more]
BELIN     Yiddish
Metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Beyle meaning ‘beautiful’ (related to French belle).
BERMAN     Yiddish
It literally means "bearman".
BLUMBARG     Yiddish
It literally means "bloom barrow".
BLUMSHTEYN     Yiddish
Original Yiddish form of Blumstein.
BREINES     Yiddish
From the German braun "brown".
BROYNSHTEYN     Yiddish
It literally means "brownstone".
CONNICK     Yiddish
Variation on Koenig.
EPLBOYM     Yiddish
It means "apple tree", denoting either someone who planted them or lived near them.
FAYERMAN     Yiddish
It literally means "fireman".
FAYNSHTEYN     Yiddish
It literally means "fine stone".
FEDERMAN     Yiddish
It literally means "feather man".
FEFERBARG     Yiddish
It literally means "pepperbarrow".
FINKELSTEIN     Yiddish, Jewish
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) ornamental compound name, literally 'sparkle stone', from Yiddish finkl 'sparkle' + stein 'stone'. See also Garfinkel.
FRISH     Yiddish
Yiddish form of Frisch.
GARFINKEL     Yiddish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) ornamental name or nickname from Yiddish gorfinkl ‘carbuncle’, German Karfunkel. This term denoted both a red precious or semi-precious stone, especially a garnet or ruby cut into a rounded shape (in which case it is an ornamental name), and a large inflamed growth on the skin like a large boil (in which case it is a descriptive nickname).
GELLER     Yiddish, German, Russian
The name may derive from the German word "gellen" (to yell) and mean "one who yells." It may derive from the Yiddish word "gel" (yellow) and mean the "yellow man" or from the Yiddish word "geler," an expression for a redheaded man... [more]
GOTLIBE     Yiddish
Yiddish form of Gottlieb.
GRAF     Jewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name selected, like Herzog and other words denoting titles, because of their aristocratic connotations.
GROB     Jewish, Yiddish
From Yiddish grob. May also mean "fat".
GUTNIK     Ukrainian, Russian, Yiddish
Yiddish surname meaning "glassworker" from Yiddish hute meaning "glassworks".
HALBERSHTOT     Yiddish
Yiddish form of Halberstadt. It was first adopted as a surname by Tzvi Hirsh, the rabbi of the eponymous Eastphalian town.
HAMEL     Yiddish, Dutch, German
The name Hamel has three origins.... [more]
HAVERBUS     Yiddish, Dutch
From Yiddish/Hebrew Haver (חבר) and Baruch (ברוך), thus literally "blessed friend".
HIMLFARB     Yiddish
Means "color of the sky".
HONIKMAN     Yiddish
It literally means "honeyman", possibly denoting a beekeeper.
HORNSHTEYN     Yiddish
It literally means "hornstone".
HUBERTZ     Yiddish
Yiddish form of the German-Jewish surname Huberowitz, meaning "son of Heber."
JOSEPH     Hebrew, English, Dutch, Yiddish
From Ioseph, the Latin form of Greek Ιωσηφ (Ioseph), which was from the Hebrew name יוֹסֵף (Yosef) meaning "he will add". In the Old Testament, Joseph is the eleventh son of Jacob. Because he was the favourite of his father, his older brothers sent him to Egypt and told their father that he had died... [more]
KONICK     Yiddish
Variation of Koenig.
KRAFTMEL     Yiddish
It literally means "starch".
KUNIC     Yiddish
Variation on Koenig.
LEVENSTEIN     Jewish, Yiddish
Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name, or perhaps an ornamental elaboration associated with the name Leyb; from Middle High German lewe ‘lion’, translating the Yiddish male personal name Leyb (see Low) + German stein ‘stone’, ‘rock’... [more]
MAZER     Russian, Yiddish
Variant of MAZUR.
MENDLSAN     Yiddish
Yiddish form of Mendelssohn.
MITVOKH     Yiddish
It literally means "midweek".
PANCEK     Yiddish
Variant of Penzig.
RABINOVICH     Yiddish, Jewish, Russian
Ashkenazi Jewish surname meaning "son of the rabbi", referring to a Jewish teacher of the Torah.
ROYZNBARG     Yiddish
Yiddish form of Rosenberg.
SAFIR     Jewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name from northeastern Yiddish dialect safir and German Saphir ‘sapphire’.
SCHECHTER     Yiddish
Yiddish name meaning "butcher."
SCHRAM     German, English, Yiddish
Derived from German Schramme (Middle High German schram(me)) and Yiddish shram, all of which mean "scar".
SHNAYDERMAN     Yiddish
It literally means "snitherman".
SHPIGL     Yiddish
Yiddish form of Spiegel.
SHPILBARG     Yiddish
Yiddish form of Spielberg.
SHTEYNFELD     Yiddish
It means "stone field".
SHTEYNHOYZ     Yiddish
It literally means "stonehouse".
SHVARTSEBORD     Yiddish
It literally means "black beard".
SISSELMAN     Yiddish
Possibly from German meaning "sweet man"
SNYDER     Dutch, English, German, Yiddish, Jewish
Means "tailor" in Dutch, an occupational name for a person who stitched coats and clothing.... [more]
SPITZ     German, Yiddish
From the German spitz "point", referring to a person who lives near a pointy hill or a field that is pointed at one end.
TATELMAN     Russian, Yiddish
Man who tats or sew
TEYTLBOYM     Yiddish
It literally means "date tree".
VASERSHTEYN     Yiddish
It literally means "water stone".
VAYSEBLUM     Yiddish
It literally means "white flower"
WILDER     English, German, Danish, Yiddish
Variant of Wild.
ZINGESER     Jewish, Yiddish
Comes from Yiddish "ציו" meaning "Tin" and "גייסער" meaning "Smith".
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