Jewish Submitted Surnames

These names are used by Jews. For more specific lists, see Hebrew names and Yiddish names. See also about Jewish names.
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SPEKTOR ספקטור Jewish, Russian
Variant of SPECTOR.
SPERO Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Spiro.
SPICER English, Jewish, Polish
English: occupational name for a seller of spices, Middle English spic(i)er (a reduced form of Old French espicier, Late Latin speciarius, an agent derivative of species ‘spice’, ‘groceries’, ‘merchandise’).... [more]
SPIEGEL German, Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of mirrors, from Middle High German spiegel, German Spiegel "mirror" (via Old High German from Latin speculum, a derivative of specere "to look").
SPIEGLER German, Jewish
Occupational name for a maker or seller of mirrors, from Middle High German spiegel, German Spiegel "mirror" and the agent suffix -er.
SPIELBERG Jewish, German
From Old High German spiegel "lookout point" or German Spiel "game, play" and berg "mountain". Locational surname after a town in Austria. A famous bearer is American director Steven Spielberg (1946-present).
SPINDLER English, German, Jewish
Occupational name for a spindle maker, from an agent derivative of Middle English spindle, Middle High German spindel, German Spindel, Yiddish shpindl "spindle, distaff".
SPRINGER German, English, Dutch, Jewish
Nickname for a lively person or for a traveling entertainer. It can also refer to a descendant of LUDWIG der Springer (AKA LOUIS the Springer), a medieval Franconian count who, according to legend, escaped from a second or third-story prison cell by jumping into a river after being arrested for trying to seize County Saxony in Germany.
STANG German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) from Middle High German stang, German Stange ‘pole’, ‘shaft’, hence a nickname for a tall, thin person, a metonymic occupational name for a maker of wooden shafts for spears and the like, or a metonymic occupational name for a soldier.
STAR German, Dutch, Jewish, English
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Star, Middle High German star, ‘starling’, probably denoting a talkative or perhaps a voracious person.... [more]
STAUB German (Swiss), German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) occupational nickname for a miller, from Middle High German stoup, German Staub ‘dust’. The Jewish surname may also be ornamental.
STAUBER German, Jewish
An occupational name from STAUB, with the addition of the German agent suffix -er.
STEINBACH German, Jewish
German habitational name from any of the many places named Steinbach, named with Middle High German stein ‘stone’ + bach ‘stream’, ‘creek’. ... [more]
STEINMETZ German, Jewish
Occupational name from Middle High German steinmetze, German steinmetz "stonemason", "worker in stone".
STOLLER German, Jewish, English
Habitational surname for someone from a place called Stolle, near Zurich (now called Stollen).... [more]
STORCH German, Jewish
From Middle High German storch "stork", hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the bird.
STOSS German, Jewish
Nickname for a quarrelsome person, from Middle High German stoz 'quarrel', 'fight'.
STOSSEL Jewish
A diminutive form of STOSS.
STRANDHEIM German, Jewish
From a location name meaning "beach home" in German, from Middle High German strand meaning "beach" and heim meaning "home". As a Jewish surname it is ornamental.
STRASSBERG Jewish
Ornamental name composed of German Strasse "street" and Berg "mountain, hill".
STRASSMANN German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone living on a main street, from Middle High German strasse, German Strasse "street, road" and man "man".
STRAUSS German, Jewish
From the German word strauß, meaning "ostrich." In its use as a Jewish surname, it comes from the symbol of the building or family that the bearer occupied or worked for in the Frankfurter Judengasse... [more]
STRAUß German, Jewish
An older spelling of STRAUSS, which is only used in Germany and Austria.
SUSSMAN German, Jewish
In German, this is an elaborated form of SÜß, meaning "sweet man".... [more]
TABAK Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a seller of tobacco, from German Tabak, Yiddish and Ukrainian tabik (all ultimately from Spanish tabaco, a word of Caribbean origin). Tobacco was introduced to Europe in the 16th century.
TABOR English, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Jewish
English: metonymic occupational name for a drummer, from Middle English, Old French tabo(u)r ‘drum’.... [more]
TAL טל Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name TAL, means "dew" in Hebrew.
TAMIR תמיר‎ Jewish
From the given name TAMIR.
TANNEN German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name from any of several places in Lower Saxony or Baden named with German Tannen ‘pine’, or from a short form of any of the many compound names formed with this element... [more]
TANNENBAUM Jewish, German
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) topographic name or Jewish ornamental name from German Tannenbaum ‘fir tree’, ‘pine tree’.
TARTAKOVSKY טרטקובסקי Jewish, Russian
Russian Jewish surname denoting someone originally from the village of Tartakov (Тартаків) in Ukraine. The village's name itself is derived from Ukrainian тартак (tartak) referring to a sawmill or cutting device.
TATELMAN Russian, Yiddish
Man who tats or sew
TEYTLBOYM טייטלבוים Yiddish
It literally means "date tree".
THAL Jewish, German
Ornamental and topographic name derived from German Tal "valley".
TISCH Jewish, German
Metonymic occupational name for a joiner, from German "Tisch", Yiddish "tish" meaning table.
TKACH Jewish
Ashkenazi Jewish and Ukrainian surname meaning tailor.
TKACZ Polish, Jewish
Variant of Tkach. Means 'to weave'
TOLENTINO Spanish, Filipino, Portuguese, Italian (Rare), Judeo-Italian
Ultimately derived from the name of a town in the province of Macerata, Italy (see Tolentino). This was adopted as a Spanish given name in honour of the 14th-century Italian saint and mystic Nicholas of Tolentino... [more]
TOPAZ טופז Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name TOPAZ, which is a kind of a precious stone.
TOTH Jewish
This surname is a Hungarian surname that has been used by the Jewish population.
TOUATI טואטי Arabic (Maghrebi), Judeo-Spanish
Habitational name denoting someone who originally came from the region of Touat (or Tuat) in Algeria.
TREU German, Jewish
From a nickname for a trustworthy person, from late Middle High German triuwe ‘loyal’. As a Jewish surname it is mainly ornamental.
TROY German, Jewish, French, Dutch
As a German and Jewish surname, it is and Anglicized form of TREU or a similar surname.... [more]
TURKIEH Ancient Hebrew, Arabic, Jewish
A Lebanese jewish surname that is often used among Lebanese jews in Israel.
TZUR צור Jewish
Means "rock, cliff" in Hebrew.
TZVI צבי Hebrew
From the given name TZVI, means "gazelle, roebuck" in Hebrew.
TZVIEL צביאל Hebrew (Modern)
Means "gazelle of god" in Hebrew, from the given name TZVI combined with el which means "God".
URBAN English, French, German, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Hungarian, Jewish
From a medieval personal name (Latin Urbanus meaning "city dweller", a derivative of urbs meaning "town", "city").
URBANSKY אורבאַנסקי, אורבנסקי Czech, Slovak, Polish, Russian, Jewish
In Czech and Slovak usage, it is a habitational name for someone from a place called Urbanice. In Polish usage, it is a habitational name for someone from a place named with the personal name URBAN.
VALENTIN French, Italian, Romanian, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech, Russian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Jewish
From the given name VALENTIN. It was sometimes adopted as a personal name by Jews.
VARDI ורדי Hebrew
From the given names Vered or Varda which means "rose" in Hebrew.
VASERSHTEYN וואַסערשטיין Yiddish
It literally means "water stone".
VAYNTRUB Jewish
Russified form of WEINTRAUB.
VAYSEBLUM ווײַסעבלום Yiddish
It literally means "white flower"
VEIS ווייס German, Yiddish
Yiddish form of WEISS.
WAHL German, Jewish
From Middle High German Walhe, Walch "foreigner from a Romance country", hence a nickname for someone from Italy or France, etc. This surname is also established in Sweden.
WAJSBORT Jewish
Yiddish meaning "White beard"
WALDSTEIN German, Jewish
Habitational surname for a person from a place in Bohemia called Waldstein, which is derived from Middle High German walt "forest" + stein "stone".
WASSER German, Jewish
Topographic name from Middle High German wazzer "water".
WEIL German, Jewish
South German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from any of various places so named in Baden, Bavaria, and Württemberg, from Latin villa ‘country house’, ‘estate’ (later used of a group of houses forming a settlement).
WEILER German, Jewish
Habitational name from any of several places so named in southern Germany. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of WEIL.
WEINBACH German, Jewish
From the name of a commune in Hesse, Germany.
WEINBERG German, Jewish
Weinberg means "Vineyard" in german.
WEININGER German (Swiss), Jewish
Denoted a person from Weiningen, a municipality in the Canton of Zürich, Switzerland. It is also a Jewish ornamental name derived from German wein meaning "wine" and the suffix -inger.
WEINMANN German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) occupational name for a viticulturalist or wine merchant, Middle High German winman, German Weinmann.
WEINSTEIN ויינסטין Jewish
Means "wine stone" from German wein meaning "wine" and stein meaning "stone". It originally referred to the potassium bitartrate crystals produced from the process of fermenting grape juice.
WEINSTOCK English, German, Hebrew
This surname of WEINSTOCK is the English variant of the German surname WENSTOCK, an occupational name for a producer or seller of wine, derived originally from the Old German WEIN. The name was also adopted by Ashkenazic Jews, largely recollecting the prominence of wine in the Jewish Scriptures and its used in Jewish ceremonies... [more]
WEINTRAUB German, Jewish
This surname translates into English as “grape”.
WEISENBURGER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of numerous places named Weissenburg "white fortress".
WEISMAN German, German (Austrian), Jewish
A German surname meaning "white man"
WEISZ Jewish
Hungarian spelling of WEISS.
WERTHEIMER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Wertheim.
WIESEL German, Jewish
Means "weasel" in German.
WIESENTHAL Jewish
Ornamental name from German Wiese "meadow" + Tal "valley".
WILD Medieval English, English, German, Jewish
English: from Middle English wild ‘wild’, ‘uncontrolled’ (Old English wilde), hence a nickname for a man of violent and undisciplined character, or a topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of overgrown uncultivated land.... [more]
WINEHOUSE Jewish, German
Anglicized variant of German and Yiddish 'Weinhaus'. From German wein, 'vine, grapevine' and haus 'house, building, home', likely indicating a house with a vineyard. ... [more]
WINKEL German, Jewish, Dutch, Belgian
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived on a corner of land in the country or a street corner in a town or city, from Middle High German winkel, German Winkel ‘corner’... [more]
WINKELMANN German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived on a corner or kept a corner shop (see WINKEL), with the addition of Middle High German man, German Mann ‘man’... [more]
WITTLIN Jewish
Eastern Ashkenazic, from the Yiddish female personal name Vitle, a pet form of Vite combined with the eastern Slavic suffix -in
WITZ German, Jewish
From the medieval personal name Witzo, a short form of any of several Germanic compound names beginning with wig ‘battle’... [more]
WLODAWSKI Jewish
Habitual surname from Włodawa, Poland. First seen in a 1806 revision list of the city Kobryn (Grodno Guberniya), now Kobryn Belarus. ... [more]
WOHL German, Yiddish
Meaning "pleasant" in both Middle German and Ashkenazic Yiddish
WOLOWITZ Jewish
This is the surname of the character Howard in the American television show "The Big Bang Theory".
WOŹNIAKOWA Polish (Archaic), Jewish
Archaic feminine spelling of WOŹNIAK.
YAKOBASHVILI יעקובשווילי Georgian, Jewish
Means "son of IAKOB" in Georgian.
YAM Hebrew
From the given name YAM.
YARCHI ירחי Hebrew
From Hebrew יָרֵחַ (yareach), meaning "moon".
YARDEN ירדן Hebrew (Rare)
From the given name YARDEN, which is named after the JORDAN (2) River. ... [more]
YARDENI ירדני Hebrew (Modern)
Means "of JORDAN (2)" in Hebrew.
YEFET יפת Hebrew
From the given name YEFET. (see Japheth)
YOFFE יופה Hebrew, Jewish
Eastern Ashkenazic variant of JAFFE.
YOHANAN יוחנן Assyrian, Indian (Christian), Malayalam, Jewish
From the given name YOHANAN, used by Malayalam-speaking Saint Thomas Christians and Cochin Jews.
YOMTOV יומטוב, יום-טוב Hebrew (Modern)
Means "good day", derived from Hebrew יום (yom) means "day" and טוב (tov) means "good".
YONAH Jewish
Hebrew for "dove" יונה
YOSEF יוסף Jewish
From the given name YOSEF.
YOSOPOV יוסופוב Uzbek, Avar, Tajik, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Russian, Tatar, Crimean Tatar, Jewish
Alternate transcription of YUSUPOV.
YOSOPOVA יוסופובה Uzbek, Avar, Tajik, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Russian, Tatar, Crimean Tatar, Chechen, Jewish
Alternate transcription of YUSUPOVA.
YOVEL יוֹבֵל Hebrew
Means "jubilee" or "anniversary" in Hebrew, usually refers to a 50 years anniversary.
YUSSUPOV יוסופוב Uzbek, Avar, Tajik, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Russian, Tatar, Crimean Tatar, Jewish
Alternate transcription of YUSUPOV.
YUSSUPOVA יוסופובה Uzbek, Avar, Tajik, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Russian, Tatar, Crimean Tatar, Chechen, Jewish
Alternate transcription of YUSUPOVA.
YUSUPOV יוסופוב Uzbek, Avar, Tajik, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Russian, Tatar, Crimean Tatar, Jewish
Means "son of YUSUP", also used by Central Asian Jews. This was the name of a Russian family of nobility of Crimean Tatar ancestry.
YUSUPOVA יוסופובה Uzbek, Avar, Tajik, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Russian, Tatar, Crimean Tatar, Chechen, Jewish
Feminine transcription of YUSUPOV, the surname of a Russian family of nobility of Crimean Tatar ancestry. It is also used by Central Asian Jews.
ZACHARIÁŠ זכריש, זאַטשאַריאַס Czech (Rare), Slovak (Rare), Jewish
From the given name ZACHARIÁŠ.
ZACHARIAS זכריה, זאַטשאַריאַס German, Greek, English, Jewish, Assyrian, Indian (Christian), Malayalam
From the given name ZACHARIAS.
ZAHAVI זהבי Jewish
From Hebrew זהב (zahav) meaning "gold", commonly used as a replacement for Ashkenazi surnames containing the element gold (such as Goldman, Goldstein or Goldberg).
ZAKEN זקן Hebrew
Means "old man" in Hebrew.
ZALMAN זלמן Yiddish
From the given name ZALMAN, a Yiddish diminutive of SOLOMON.
ZASLAVSKI Russian, Jewish
Variant transcription of ZASLAVSKY. A notable music producer ZEDD's real name is Anton Zaslavski.
ZASLAVSKY זסלבסקי Russian, Jewish
Russian Jewish surname derived from Iziaslav (also called Zaslav), the name of a city in Volhynia, Ukraine.
ZATZ Jewish
Abbreviation of the Hebrew phrase Zera TSadikim "seed of the righteous", assumed in a spirit of pious respect for one’s ancestors.
ZAYCHIK Russian, Jewish
Means "bunny" in Russian.
ZAYDMAN Jewish
Russian variant of SEIDMAN.
ZECHMAN Jewish
Occupational name from Yiddish tsekh meaning "guild" or "craft corporation" and man "man".
ZE'EV זאב Hebrew
Means "wolf" in Hebrew.
ZEEVI זאבי Hebrew
From the Hebrew given name ZEV, meaning "wolf."
ZELDIN Jewish
Means "son of Zelde", a Yiddish female personal name based on Middle High German sælde "fortunate, blessed".
ZELLER German, Dutch, English, Jewish
Originally denoted someone from Celle, Germany or someone living near a hermit's cell from German zelle "cell". It is also occupational for someone employed at a zelle, for example a small workshop.
ZELNICK Jewish
Occupational name for a tax collecter, comes from Yiddish tselnik which means haberdashery.
ZIELONKA Polish, Jewish
Derived from the Polish word for "green"
ZILBERMAN זילבערמאן Jewish
From nickname meaning "silver man", from Yiddish זילבער (zilber) and מאן (man), possibly a nickname for a person with grey hair.
ZINGESER צינגייסער Jewish, Yiddish
Comes from Yiddish "ציו" meaning "Tin" and "גייסער" meaning "Smith".
ZIPPERSTEIN Jewish
Stein is German for the English word stone.
ZIV זיו Hebrew
From the given name ZIV.
ZLATKIN Jewish
Meaning, "gold" or "yellow."
ZOHAR זהר, זוהר Hebrew
Derived from the the given name ZOHAR meaning "light, brilliance" in Hebrew.
ZOLLER German, Jewish
Occupational name for a customs officer, Middle High German zoller.
ZUARETZ זוארץ, זו-ארץ Hebrew (Modern)
Means "this land" in Hebrew, also Hebrew form of SUÁREZ.
ZUCKERBERG Jewish
Means "sugar mountain" from German zucker meaning "sugar" and berg meaning "mountain, hill".
ZWILLING German, Jewish
Means "a twin", as in a twin brother or twin sister. Often given to those who were twins.
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