Jewish Submitted Surnames

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AARONSON Jewish
Aaronson is a patronymic surname from the personal name Aaron.
ABERGEL Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Sephardic Jewish surname meaning "one-legged" or "one-footed", derived from Arabic رِجْل (rijl) meaning "leg, foot".
ABOULAFIA Jewish
Variant spelling of Abulafia, which was originally a Sephardi Jewish surname of Arabic etymological origin.
ABRAMCZYK Polish, Jewish, Belarusian
Derived from the given name ABRAHAM.
ABRAMOV Russian, Jewish
Means "son of Abram".
ABRAMSKI Jewish
Means "son of Abram."
ABRESCH German, Dutch, Jewish
From a pet form of the Biblical name Abraham.
ABSALOM English, Jewish
Derived from the given name ABSALOM.
ABULAFIA Judeo-Spanish
Sephardi Jewish surname from Arabic أبو العافية‎‎ (Abū l-ʿāfiya), a combination of أبو (abū) meaning "father (of)", اَل (al) "the", and عافية (ʿāfiya) "health, wellbeing" (see the given name Aafia).
ADAMSKI Polish, Jewish
Originally denoted someone who came from the Polish village Adamy, a Polish village Adamowo, the Polish village Adamki, or the Belorussian city Adamki. These locations are derived from the given name ADAM.
ADAMSKY Jewish
Variant spelling of Adamski.
ADI Hebrew (Rare)
Means "jewel; ornament" in Hebrew, this is more common as a given name than a surname.
AGAM Hebrew (Modern)
Rare variant of the surname Agami, which came from the Hebrew name Agam, means "lake".
AGAMI Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Agam, means "lake" in Hebrew.
AGUILAR Spanish, Catalan, Jewish
Habitational name from any of numerous places called Aguilar, from Latin aquilare "haunt of eagles" (a derivative of aquila "eagle"), for example Aguilar de Campo in Palencia, Aguilar de la Frontera in Córdoba, and Aguilar de Segarra in Catalonia.
AHARON Hebrew
Variant of Aharoni, from the given name Aaron.
AHARONI Hebrew
From the given name Aharon.
AKSAMIT Polish, Ukrainian, Jewish, Belarusian, Czech
Derived from Polish aksamit meaning "velvet".
ALAZRAKI Spanish, Judeo-Spanish
Means "the blue one" from Arabic أَزْرَق (ʾazraq) meaning "blue".
ALBAZ Jewish, Northern African
Ashkenazic Jewish name meaning, "falconer" found mainly amongst Jewish peoples emigrating from Algeria and Morocco.
ALBO Spanish, Italian, Jewish
It is derived from the name Albert, Alberto, Albino, and Alberico.... [more]
ALFES Jewish
Official website of the the City of Alfés (in the Province Lleida, Catalonia, Spain) says:... [more]
ALMOG Hebrew
From the given name Almog, means "coral" in Hebrew.
ALPERT English, Jewish, German, Dutch
A variant of the Jewish surname Heilprin or Halpern. In German and Dutch usage, it is derived from the given name Albert. One famous bearer is Richard Alpert from the ABC TV show LOST.
ALT German, Jewish
From German alt ‘old’, typically applied as a distinguishing epithet to the older of two bearers of the same personal name.
ALTERMAN Yiddish
It literally means "old man".
AMBERG German, Jewish
German and possibly Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name from any of several settlements called Amberg (literally ‘by the mountain’), including a city in Bavaria. It could also be a topographic name of identical etymology... [more]
AMIR Hebrew
From the given name Amir (2).
AMIT Hebrew (Modern)
From a first name which means "friend", "companion", "colleague", or from a nickname given to a friendly person or a colleague.
AMRAM Hebrew, Jewish
From the given name Amram.
ANDRULEVIČUS Jewish (Russified, Modern, Rare), Jewish (Anglicized, Modern, Rare)
"Ben-Adam" or "ben-ish" ("ben" being "son" in Hebrew; Adam meaning "man"). The Andrulevičuses were originally Sephardic kohanim whom immigrated to Lithuania, and then Poland, Latvia, and other countries.
ANDRULEWICZ Lithuanian (Modern, Rare), Polish (Modern, Rare), Jewish (Modern, Rare), Latvian
Originally Andrulevičus or Andrulevičius, it means "ben-Adam" or "ben-ish" ("ben" being "son" in Hebrew; Adam meaning "man"). The Andrulevičiuses were originally Sephardic kohanim whom immigrated to Lithuania, and then Poland, Latvia, and other countries.
ANTURY Greek, Hebrew
Haifa, Israel.... [more]
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]
ARGAMAN Hebrew
Means "crimson" in Hebrew.
ARIEL Hebrew
From the given name Ariel.
AROUSI Jewish, Hebrew, Jewish (Australian, Expatriate), Judeo-Arabic, Arabic
Yemenite Jewish and Arabic name possibly deriving from Arabic words aroosi, "bridal, relating to a wedding", rousi, "groom". El Aroussi, a variant, is found densely in Morocco and Francophone populations (France, Canada).
ASAF Hebrew
From the given name Asaf.
ASHER Hebrew
From the given name Asher.
ASHKENAZI Hebrew, Jewish
From the name of a kingdom referenced in the Hebrew Bible named Ashkenaz, also used to refer to Jews living in Europe or Slavic countries. The name itself is mostly likely derived from Assyrian Aškūza, in turn, the Assyrians probably based the name off of that of the Scythians.
ASTRUC Judeo-Provençal
Derived from Occitan or Provençal astruc meaning "happy" (see Astruc).
AUERBACH German, Jewish
Topographical name for someone who lived by a stream (Middle High German bach) that was near a swamp or marsh (auer).
AVIGDORI Jewish (Rare)
Surname variation of Avigdor, used to distinguish from said first name Avigdor.
AVITAL Hebrew
From the given name Avital.
AVIV Hebrew
From the given name Aviv, also meaning "spring (the season)" in Hebrew.
AVIVI Hebrew
Means "springlike" or "of the spring" in Hebrew. (see Aviv)
AVNER Hebrew
From the given name Avner.
AVNI Hebrew (Modern)
Means "my stone" in Hebrew, a variant of the surname Even or a diminutive of Avner.
AXELROD Jewish (Americanized)
Derived from the Yiddish given name Akslrod.
AZAR Hebrew
Means "(he) helped" in Hebrew, a verb form of Ezer or Ezra.
AZOULAI Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Variant transcription of Azoulay.
AZOULAY Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Sephardic Jewish surname of disputed meaning; it may be derived from French azur or Spanish azul both meaning "blue" (of Persian origin), from Tamazight izîl meaning "good, pure, sublime", or from an acronym of the Hebrew Biblical passage אִשָּׁ֨ה זֹנָ֤ה וַחֲלָלָה֙ לֹ֣א יִקָּ֔חוּ (’iš-šāh zō-nāh wa-ḥă-lā-lāh lō yiq-qā-ḥū) meaning "They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane".
AZULAY Hebrew
Variant of Azoulay.
BABUSHKIN Russian, Jewish
Derived from Russian бабушка (babushka) meaning "grandmother".
BACHARACHAS Jewish
Bacharachas is a derivate of the Bacharach that is a town in Germany.
BĄKOWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Bąkowa, Bąkowice, Bąkowiec, or Bąkowo.
BALASKA Greek, Jewish, Polish
Feminine form of Balaskas (Greek) or Balaski (Jewish), it is used by Greeks and Slavic Jews.
BAR Hebrew
From Aramaic בְּרָא (b'rā) meaning "son, child" or Hebrew בָּר (bar) meaning "grain, cereal".
BARASCH Hebrew
Acronym of the first two letters for the Hebrew phrase "son of the Rabbi Samuel." Bar Rabbi Schmul
BAR GIL Hebrew (Modern)
Combination of Bar and Gil, with the meaning of "son of Gil" or "one who is joyful".
BAR HAIM Hebrew
Combination of Bar and Haim, with the meaning of "son of Chayyim".
BARKAI Hebrew
Means ''morning star'' in Hebrew.
BAR LEV Hebrew
Combination of the surnames Bar and Lev.
BAR SHAUL Hebrew
Combination of Bar and Shaul, with the meaning of "son of Saul".
BAR YOSEF Hebrew
Combination of Bar and Yosef, with the meaning of "son of Joseph".
BARZELAI Hebrew
Variant form of Barzilai.
BARZELAIJ Dutch, Jewish
Dutch form (or "dutchization", if you will) of Barzilai via Barzelay. Also compare Barzilaij. This name is found exclusively in the Dutch-Jewish community, and is considered quite rare: there were only 6 bearers in 1947 and less than 5 bearers in 2007.
BARZELAY Hebrew
Variant form of Barzilai via Barzelai. A known bearer of this surname is American-Israeli musician Eef Barzelay (b. 1970).
BARZILAI Hebrew
Derived from Barzillai, the name of a character from the Talmud. His name meant "man of iron" or "iron-hearted", derived from Hebrew בַּרְזֶל (barzél) "iron".
BARZILAIJ Dutch, Jewish
Dutch form (or "dutchization", if you will) of Barzilai via Barzilay. This name is found exclusively in the Dutch-Jewish community, and is considered quite rare: there were only 112 bearers in 1947 and only 51 bearers in 2007.
BARZILAY Hebrew
Variant form of Barzilai.
BASKIN Jewish
Means "son of Baske", a Yiddish female personal name (a pet-form of the Biblical name Bath Seba). Baskin-Robbins is a US chain of ice-cream parlours founded in Glendale, California in 1945 by Burt Baskin (1913-1969) and Irv Robbins (1917-2008).
BELFER Jewish
Occupational name from Yiddish be(he)lfer, ba(he)lfer "teacher’s assistant".
BELIN Yiddish
Metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Beyle meaning ‘beautiful’ (related to French belle).
BELINSKY Russian, Jewish
Habitational surname for someone from Belin in Ukraine, which may be derived from Proto-Slavic *bělъ "white".
BELZER Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Belz in Ukraine.
BEN-AHARON Hebrew
Means "son of Aaron" in Hebrew.
BEN ARI Hebrew
Means "son of Ari (1)" in Hebrew.
BEN ASHER Hebrew
Means "son of Asher" in Hebrew.
BENAYOUN Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Moroccan Jewish surname meaning "son of Ayoun", based off of an Amazigh (Berber) transcription of the Hebrew personal name Chayyim.
BEN DAVID Hebrew
Means "son of David" in Hebrew.
BEN DAYAN Hebrew
Means "son of Dayan (a judge)" in Hebrew.
BEN DOR Hebrew
Means “son of Dor” in Hebrew.
BEN EZRA Hebrew
Means "son of Ezra" in Hebrew.
BEN HAIM Hebrew
Means "son of Chayyim" in Hebrew.
BENHAIM Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Variant of Ben Haim used by Jews in North Africa.
BEN ISRAEL Hebrew
Means "son of Israel" in Hebrew.
BEN MENACHEM Hebrew
Means "son of Menachem" in Hebrew.
BEN MOSHE Hebrew
Means "son of Moshe" in Hebrew.
BEN NATAN Hebrew
Means "son of Natan" in Hebrew. (see Nathan)
BENSAÏD Arabic (Maghrebi), Judeo-Spanish
Means "son of Sa'id" in Arabic and Hebrew, used in Morocco and Algeria.
BEN SHALOM Hebrew
Means "son of peace" in Hebrew.
BEN SHIMON Hebrew
Means "son of Shimon" in Hebrew.
BEN SHUSHAN Hebrew
Means "son of the lily" in Hebrew.
BEN SIMON Hebrew
Means "son of Simon" or "son of Shimon" in Hebrew.
BENSIMON Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Variant of Ben Simon used by Jews in North Africa.
BENSOUSSAN Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Maghrebi Jewish surname meaning "son of Shoshannah".
BEN TZVI Hebrew
Means "son of Tzvi" in Hebrew.
BEN YA'AKOV Hebrew
Means "son of Yaakov" or "son of Jacob" in Hebrew.
BEN YAIR Hebrew
Means “son of Yair” in Hebrew.
BEN YOSEF Hebrew
Means "son of Yosef" in Hebrew.
BEN ZAKEN Hebrew
Means "son of the old man" in Hebrew. (see Zaken)
BEN ZE'EV Hebrew
Means "son of Ze'ev" in Hebrew.
BEN ZION Hebrew
Means "son of Zion" in Hebrew.
BERLIŃSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Berlin.
BERMAN Yiddish
It literally means "bearman".
BICKEL German, German (Swiss), Jewish
German: from bickel ‘pickaxe’ or ‘chisel’, hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who made pickaxes or worked with a pickaxe or for a stonemason. South German: from a pet form of Burkhart... [more]
BIELER German, Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from any of the many places in eastern Europe whose name incorporates the Slavic element byel- ‘white’.... [more]
BIELINSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitual surname for someone from Bielin in Volhynia or Bielina, Bielino, or Bieliny in Poland.
BLAUSTEIN German, Jewish
Ornamental name from German blau "blue" and Stein "stone", i.e. lapis lazuli.
BLOCH Jewish
Regional name for someone in Central Europe originating from Italy or France, from Polish "Włoch" meaning "Italian" (originally "stranger / of foreign stock"), ultimately derived – like many names and words in various European languages – from the Germanic Walhaz.
BLOCK Jewish
Variant of Bloch.
BLOOMINGDALE Jewish (Americanized)
Americanized form of German Blumenthal or its Dutch cognate Bloemendaal.
BLUMBARG Yiddish
It literally means "bloom barrow".
BLUMENBERG Jewish
Ornamental name composed of German Blume "flower" and Berg "mountain, hill".
BLUMSHTEYN Yiddish
Original Yiddish form of Blumstein.
BLUTH German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from Middle High German bluot, German Blüte ‘bloom’, ‘flower head’. ... [more]
BOBROWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Bobrowa, Bobrowo, Bobrowce, or Bobrowiec.
BOCK German, Upper German, Jewish, English
Altered spelling of German Böck (see Boeck) or Bach.... [more]
BOEHM German, Dutch, Jewish
Ethnic name for a native or inhabitant of Bohemia (now the western part of the Czech Republic), from Böhmen, German name of Bohemia (Middle High German Böheim, Beheim). This derives its name from the tribal name Baii + heim "homeland"; the Baii were a tribe, probably Celtic, who inhabited the region in the 1st century A.D. and were gradually displaced by Slavic settlers in the period up to the 5th century... [more]
BOGUSŁAWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Boguslaw or Boguslawice, from the personal name Bogusław (composed of Slavic Bog "God" and slav "glory").
BONAPARTE Italian (Rare), French (Rare), Judeo-Italian (Rare), American (Rare), Caribbean (Rare)
Variant and French form of Buonaparte. This is also a Jewish surname. A notable bearer was Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1820), who ruled as Emperor of France from 1804 through 1814 and again briefly in 1815, who was of Italian (Tuscan) ancestry... [more]
BORKOWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Borki, Borkowice, or Borek, all named with Polish bór 'pine forest', or from Borków, which derives from the personal name Borek + the possessive suffix -ow.
BORSOK Russian, Jewish, German (Austrian)
Pronouced "Boar-sook"... [more]
BORTNICK Ukrainian, Jewish
Occupational name for a beekeeper, Ukrainian bortnik.
BOUAZIZ Arabic (Maghrebi), Judeo-Spanish
Means "father of Aziz" in Arabic and Hebrew, used in Algeria and Tunisia. It is also used by North African Sephardic Jews.
BRACHA Hebrew
From the given name Bracha, means "blessing" in Hebrew.
BRAININ Jewish
Means "son of Brayne", Brayne being a short form of the Yiddish feminine name Brayndl, literally "little brown one" (cf. Breindel).
BRAND Yiddish
Has two meanings:... [more]
BRANDIS German, Jewish, Swiss
German & Swiss: Habitational name from a former Brandis castle in Emmental near Bern, Switzerland, or from any of the places so named in Saxony, Germany. A famous bearer of the name is Jonathan Brandis (1976-2003).... [more]
BRAVERMAN Jewish, Ukrainian, Polish
A fairly common Jewish surname from Ukraine,Poland,and in some cases Russia.
BREINES Yiddish
From the German braun "brown".
BRENARI Jewish, Italian
Jewish family and possible place-name in N.E.Italy in 1500's.
BRICK Irish (Anglicized), English, German, Jewish
Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bruic ‘descendant of Broc’, i.e. ‘Badger’ (sometimes so translated) or Ó Bric ‘descendant of Breac’, a personal name meaning ‘freckled’... [more]
BROOK German, Jewish
Americanized spelling of German BRUCH and Jewish BRUCK.
BROYNSHTEYN Yiddish
It literally means "brownstone".
BRUCK Jewish
From Polish, Belorussian, or Yiddish bruk "pavement", possibly an occupational name for a paver.
BRUCKER Jewish
From Polish brukarz or Yiddish bruk "pavement", possibly an occupational name for a paver.
CARBAJAL Spanish, Judeo-Spanish
Probably a habitational name demoting someone originally from any of the multiple locations called Carbajal in León, Asturias, or Zamora in Spain. Alternatively, it may be of pre-Roman origin from the word carbalio meaning "oak", denoting someone who either lived near an oak tree or who was like an oak tree in some way.... [more]
CARLIN Jewish (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of Karlin.
CASTIGLIONE Italian, Jewish
Habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word, from medieval Latin castellio (genitive castellionis) ‘fortification’ or ‘small castle’.
CEBREIRO Jewish, Portuguese
Cebreiro is an olive tree.
CHASEN Jewish
From the Hebrew חזן "cantor".
CHERKASSKY Russian, Jewish
Derived from Russian Черкес (Cherkes) meaning "Circassian", referring to a Muslim ethnic group native to the North Caucasus. This was the name of a noble Russian family of ethnic Circassian origin.
CHERNOFF Russian, Jewish
Alternative spelling of Chernov, a patronymic from the byname Chernyj meaning ‘black’, denoting a black-haired or dark-skinned person.
CHETRIT Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Form of Shitrit used by French and North African Jews.
CHOURAQUI Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
North African Jewish surname meaning "the one who comes from the east", ultimately from Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy) meaning "eastern". It is etymologically related to Cherkaoui.
CHRYSLER German, Jewish
From a German name referring to spinning or related to a Yiddish word, krayzl meaning "spinning top." The name can refer to a potter who spun a wheel to make utensils or to a person with curly hair or someone known for being continually active... [more]
CITRINE Jewish
An invented Jewish name based on Yiddish tsitrin "lemon tree".
CONNICK Yiddish
Variation on Koenig.
CORT Polish, Russian, Jewish
Derived from the surname "Kutalczuk", "Kotelchik", "Cuttlechuck", or "Kuttlechuck"
CRESS German, Jewish, Belarusian
The maiden name of my Great Grandmother.... [more]
DAUM German, Jewish
Nickname for a short person, from Middle High German doum "tap", "plug", or dume, German Daumen "thumb".
D'AVIGDOR Jewish
Means "son of Avigdor" (a Jewish personal name, from Hebrew avi-Gedor "father of Gedor").
DAYAN Hebrew
Means "judge" in Hebrew.
DESSER Jewish
Habitational name from the city of Dessau in Germany.
DEUTCH German (Rare), Jewish (Rare)
"German". Used as a last name for those who had none in the 17-18th century. Continues to today, albeit rarely.
DIAMANT Hebrew, Jewish
Jewish surname derived from French and German diamant meaning "diamond", used to denote a jeweler.
DIAMOND Jewish
Americanized form of a Jewish surname, spelled in various ways, derived from modern German Diamant, Demant "diamond", or Yiddish dimet or diment, from the Middle High German diemant (via Latin from Greek adamas ‘unconquerable’, genitive adamantos, a reference to the hardness of the stone)... [more]
DICKERMAN English, German, Jewish
Possibly derived from Middle High German dic(ke) "strong, thick" and Mann "man, male, husband".
DOR Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Dor, means "generation" in Hebrew.
DORON Hebrew
From the given name Doron.
DRABKIN Belarusian, Jewish
Jewish (from Belarus): metronymic from Yiddish drabke “loose woman”. Can also be from drabki Belarusian 'light cart' (+ the same suffix -in), an occupational name for a coachman (Alexander Beider).... [more]
DRAPKIN Belarusian, Jewish
Phonetic spelling in Belarus of Drabkin... [more]
DREXEL German, Jewish
It originates from the pre 7th century word 'dreseler' meaning 'to turn', a verb which in medieval times had a wide range of meanings.
DREYFUS French, German, Jewish
French-influenced variant of DREYFUSS, popular amongst people of Alsatian Jewish descent.
DREYFUSS German, Jewish
Originates from the German city of Trier. The Latin name for the city was "Treveris," whose pronunciation eventually developed into Dreyfuss. The spelling variants tend to correspond to the country the family was living in at the time the spelling was standardized: the use of one "s" tends to be more common among people of French origin, while the use of two tends to be found among those of German descent
DROPKIN Jewish, Belarusian
Jewish (from Belarus): nickname from Belorussian drobka ‘crumb’+ the eastern Slavic patronymic suffix -in.... [more]
DWORKIN Jewish
From a pet-form of the Yiddish female personal name Dvoyre, from Hebrew Devorah (source of English Deborah), literally "bee". The surname was borne by US feminist Andrea Dworkin (1946-2005).
EDELSTEIN Jewish
Ornamental name derived from German Edelstein "gemstone; precious stone".
EFRATI Hebrew
From the given name Efrat.
EHRENBERG Jewish (Anglicized, Rare, Archaic), German
"In German it means 'mountain of honor'"
EHRENREICH German, Jewish, Yiddish
Jewish/Yiddish German ornamental surname meaning “Rich in honour”
EICHHORN German, Jewish
German topographic name for someone who lived on or near an oak-covered promontory, from Middle High German eich(e) ‘oak’ + horn ‘horn’, ‘promontory’. German from Middle High German eichhorn ‘squirrel’ (from Old High German eihhurno, a compound of eih ‘oak’ + urno, from the ancient Germanic and Indo-European name of the animal, which was later wrongly associated with hurno ‘horn’); probably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal, or alternatively a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a squirrel... [more]
EINSTEIN German, Jewish
From German ein meaning “one” and stein meaning “stone”; also a habitational name from any of the various locations from Middle High German einsteinen meaning “to enclose or surround with stone”... [more]
EISEN German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for an ironworker or smith, or an ironmonger, from Middle High German isen ‘iron’, German Eisen. It may also have been used as a nickname, with reference to the strength and hardness of iron or to its color, while as a Jewish name it was also adopted as an ornamental name from modern German Eisen ‘iron’ or the Yiddish cognate ayzn.
EISENBERG German, Jewish
Means "iron hill" from German isen meaning "iron" and berg meaning "hill".
EISENBERGER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of the several places called Eisenberg. As a Jewish name it is also an ornamental name.
EISNER German, Jewish
Occupational name for an ironworker, smith, or ironmonger, from an agent derivative of Middle High German īsen and German Eisen, meaning ‘iron’ (see Eisen).
ELBAZ Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Variant transcription of Albaz used by Moroccan Sephardic Jews.
ELIAS Greek, Catalan, Portuguese, English, Welsh, German, Dutch, Jewish
Derived from the medieval given name Elias. Compare Ellis.
ELIMELECH Hebrew
Means "My God is a King" in Hebrew.
ELIYAHU Hebrew
From the given name Eliyahu.
ELKAYAM Hebrew
Means "God is exist" in Hebrew. From the words el, "God" and kayam, "exist".
ELMALEH Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Moroccan Jewish surname derived from Arabic مالح (malîh) either meaning "good, handsome, charming" or "salty, savoury".
EMER Jewish, Anglo-Saxon
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name from Yiddish emer ‘pail’, ‘bucket’. ... [more]
ENGLANDER German, Jewish
Ethnic name derived from German Engländer, meaning 'Englishman', thus denoting an incomer from England. In some cases, the Jewish name may be an ornamental adoption.
EPLBOYM Yiddish
It means "apple tree", denoting either someone who planted them or lived near them.
ERBER Jewish, German
Meaning uncertain. Either a habitational name for someone living in a place named Erb or Erp, a name for a owner of a farm named Erbhof (derived from MIddle High German erbære "honorable, noble"), or derived from the given name Erpo.
EREZ Hebrew (Modern)
Means "cedar" in Hebrew.... [more]
EULER German, Jewish
Occupational name for a potter, most common in the Rhineland and Hesse, from Middle High German ul(n)ære (an agent derivative of the dialect word ul, aul "pot", from Latin olla).
EVEN Hebrew
Means "stone" in Hebrew.
EZER Hebrew
Means "helping" or "to help" in Hebrew.
FAGIN Jewish
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Feigin.
FALCON Jewish
Possibly derived from the German Falke, meaning "falcon."
FALLOW English, Jewish
English: topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of fallow land, Middle English falwe (Old English f(e)alg). This word was used to denote both land left uncultivated for a time to recover its fertility and land recently brought into cultivation.... [more]
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".
FEINGOLD Jewish
A Jewish name, from German, literally "fine gold".
FEIT German, Jewish
Variant of Veit. Also, nickname from Middle High German feit ‘adorned’, ‘pretty’ (the same word as French fait, Latin factus).
FELDMAN Jewish
Americanized spelling of FELDMANN
FELDMANN Jewish
From the surname FELD combined with the German suffix mann "man"
FELL English, German, Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a furrier, from Middle English fell, Middle High German vel, or German Fell or Yiddish fel, all of which mean "skin, hide, pelt". Yiddish fel refers to untanned hide, in contrast to pelts "tanned hide" (see Pilcher).
FELLER English, German, Jewish
Occupational name for a furrier, from an agent derivative of Middle English fell, Middle Low German, Middle High German vel, or German Fell or Yiddish fel "hide, pelt". See also Fell.
FEUER Jewish
Ornamental name from modern German Feuer "fire".
FIELD English, Scottish, Irish, Jewish (Anglicized)
English: topographic name for someone who lived on land which had been cleared of forest, but not brought into cultivation, from Old English feld ‘pasture’, ‘open country’, as opposed on the one hand to æcer ‘cultivated soil’, ‘enclosed land’ (see Acker) and on the other to weald ‘wooded land’, ‘forest’ (see Wald)... [more]
FINE Jewish (Anglicized)
Jewish Americanized spelling of Fein.
FINGER English, German, Jewish
Probably applied as a nickname for a man who had some peculiarity of the fingers, such as possessing a supernumerary one or having lost one or more of them through injury, or for someone who was small in stature or considered insignificant... [more]
FINK German, Slovene, English, Jewish
Nickname for a lively or cheerful person, Jewish ornamental name derived from the Germanic word for "finch", and German translation of Slovene Šinkovec which is from šcinkovec or šcinkavec meaning "finch".
FINKELSTEIN Yiddish, Jewish
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) ornamental compound name, literally 'sparkle stone', from Yiddish finkl 'sparkle' + stein 'stone'. See also Garfinkel.
FISH Medieval English, Jewish
From Middle English fische, fish ‘fish’, a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or fish seller, or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a fish.... [more]
FLAM Jewish
Ornamental name from Yiddish flam "flame".
FORSTER English (Anglicized), German, Jewish
English: occupational and topographic name for someone who lived or worked in a forest (see Forrest). ... [more]
FRANZBLAU Jewish
Means "french blue" in German. One of the many names assigned to Jews during the rule of Emperor Joseph II, who required all Jews in the Hapsburg Empire to adopt surnames.
FREDMAN Swedish, Jewish
Swedish: ornamental name composed of the elements fred ‘peace’ + man ‘man’.... [more]
FRIEDMAN Upper German (Modern), German (Swiss), Jewish
Respelling of South German and Swiss Friedmann. ... [more]
FRIEDMANN German, German (Swiss), Jewish
German and Swiss German from a derivative of Friedrich. ... [more]
FRISCH Jewish
Ornamental name or nickname from modern German frisch, Yiddish frish "fresh".
FRISH Yiddish
Yiddish form of Frisch.
FROM Jewish
Variant of Fromm.
FUKS Yiddish
It literally means "fox".
FURMAN Polish, Czech, Slovak, Jewish, Slovene, English, German (Anglicized)
Polish, Czech, Slovak, Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic), and Slovenian: occupational name for a carter or drayman, the driver of a horse-drawn delivery vehicle, from Polish, Yiddish, and Slovenian furman, a loanword from German (see Fuhrmann)... [more]
FUTTERMAN Jewish
Occupational name for a furrier, from Yiddish futer "fur, fur coat" and Yiddish man "man".
GADOT Hebrew
Means "riverbanks" in Hebrew.
GAL Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Gal (1), means "wave" in Hebrew.
GALANTE Italian, French, Jewish
Comes from the ancient French word "galant" meaning someone in love or who has fun. In the case of Mordecai Galante, a Spanish exile in 16th century Rome, his courteous manners won for him from the Roman nobles the surname "Galantuomo" (gentleman), from which Galante was eventually derived.... [more]
GALICKI Jewish, Polish
A Jewish and Polish surname for someone from a lost location called 'Galice'
GALIT Hebrew
From the given name Galit.
GAMER Jewish
From the Russian pronunciation of Hamer.
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).
GARFUNKEL Jewish, Yiddish
From גאָרפֿינקל‎ (gorfinkl), "carbuncle" in Yiddish, which in turns derives from German Karfunkel. A notable bearer of this surname is Art Garfunkel.... [more]
GAVAZANSKY Belarusian, Jewish
Means "from the town of Gavezhno". Gavezhno is a town in Belarus. For more information go here http://www.jewishgen.org/Belarus/newsletter/54surnames.htm
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]
GERMAN English, Norman, German, Jewish, Greek
From Old French germain meaning "German". This sometimes denoted an actual immigrant from Germany, but was also used to refer to a person who had trade or other connections with German-speaking lands... [more]
GERSHON English, Hebrew
Hebrew One of the tribes of Israel ... [more]
GIL Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Gil (3), means "joy, happiness" in Hebrew.
GIMPEL German, Jewish
German: from a pet form of the personal name Gumprecht (see Gombert). ... [more]
GINGOLD Jewish
An invented Jewish name, from Yiddish, literally "fine gold". Hermione Gingold (1897-1987) was a British actress.
GITELMAN Jewish
Eastern Ashkenazic variant of Gittelman.
GOGOL Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish
Means "Common goldeneye (a type of duck)" in Ukrainian. Possibly a name for a fowler. A famous bearer was Nikolai Gogol.
GOLAN Jewish
Israeli ornamental name from the Golan Heights in Israel.
GOLD Jewish
Ornamental name from modern German Gold, Yiddish gold "gold". In North America it is often a reduced form of one of the many compound ornamental names of which Gold is the first element.
GOLDBERG German, Jewish, Danish
From German gold 'gold' and -berg, meaning 'gold-mountain'.
GOLDMAN German, Jewish
Possibly meaning goldsmith in German, from Gold and Mann.... [more]
GOLDRING German, English, Jewish
This surname was probably given to someone who wore a gold ring.
GOLDSTEIN Jewish
Ornamental name composed of German Gold "gold" and Stein "stone".
GOLDWATER German (Anglicized), Jewish (Anglicized)
This name is an Anglicized form of the German or Ashkenazic ornamental surname 'Goldwasser', or 'Goldvasser'. The name derives from the German or Yiddish gold', gold, with 'wasser', water, and is one of the very many such compound ornamental names formed with 'gold', such as 'Goldbaum', golden tree, 'Goldbert', golden hill, 'Goldkind', golden child, 'Goldrosen', golden roses, and 'Goldstern', golden star.
GOLOMB Jewish
Ornamental name from Polish golab "dove" (from Latin columba "dove").
GOREN Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) altered form of Horn (5), under Russian influence; since Russian has no h and alters h in borrowed words to g. In Israel the name has been reinterpreted by folk etymology as being from Hebrew goren 'threshing floor', which is in fact etymologically and semantically unrelated.
GOSHEN Jewish, Israeli
Variant of German Goschen.
GOTLIBE Yiddish
Yiddish form of Gottlieb.
GRAF Jewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name selected, like Herzog and other words denoting titles, because of their aristocratic connotations.
GRANOFF Jewish
Short form of GRANOVSKY.... [more]
GRANOV Jewish, Bosnian
Habitational name from Granov, Ukraine.... [more]
GRANOVSKY Jewish
From the town of Granov, Ukraine (cf. GRANOV).
GRAU German, Jewish
Nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from German grau "gray".
GREENBERGER German, Jewish
Anglicized form of the German surname Grünberger, which is formed from the words grün "green", Berg "mountain", and the habitational suffix -er. This name indicated a person who lived on or near a forest-covered mountain.