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Metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Beyle meaning ‘beautiful’ (related to French belle).
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a thresher, German Drescher, Yiddish dresher, agent derivatives of Middle High German dreschen, Yiddish dresh(e)n 'to thresh'.... [more]
EPLBOYM עפּלבוים Yiddish
It means "apple tree", denoting either someone who planted them or lived near them.
FINKELSTEIN פֿינקעלשׁטײַן, פינקלשׁטין, פינקלשׁטיין Yiddish
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) ornamental compound name, literally 'sparkle stone', from Yiddish finkl
'sparkle' + stein
'stone'. See also GARFINKEL
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 גאָרפֿינקל 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]
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]
GRAF Jewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name selected, like HERZOG
and other words denoting titles, because of their aristocratic connotations.
GÜTLIN German, Yiddish
Diminutive of GUTE and GUTA, recorded in Frankfurt, Germany throughout the 14th century.
HALBERSHTOT האַלבערשטאָט Yiddish
Yiddish form of HALBERSTADT
. It was first adopted as a surname by Tzvi Hirsh, the rabbi of the eponymous Eastphalian town.
HAVERBUS האַווערבוס Yiddish, Dutch
From Yiddish/Hebrew Haver (חבר) and Baruch (ברוך), thus literally "blessed friend".
HIRSCHFELD German, Jewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name composed of German hirsch
or Yiddish hirsh
meaning "deer" and feld
meaning "field". It is also a topographic name for someone who lived in an area of land frequented by deer or where millets grew.
HONIKMAN האָניקמאַן Yiddish
It literally means "honeyman", possibly denoting a beekeeper.
KURZBERG קורזבערג German, Yiddish, Jewish
From a location name meaning "short mountain" in German, from Middle High German kurz
meaning "short" and berg
meaning "mountain". As a Jewish surname it is ornamental.
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
) + German stein ‘stone’, ‘rock’... [more]
NICHTER נײַטער German, Yiddish
Possibly means "negator, negate" from Middle High German nicht
meaning "not", or "sober", from Middle High German nüchter
. Perhaps it originally denoted a person who was a philosopher, judge, or bartender.
RABINOVICH ראבינאוויטש Yiddish, Russian
Means "son of the rabbi" (through the name Rabin
), referring to a scholar or teacher of the Torah in Judaism.
Means "red leaf" in Yiddish. This is somewhat rare, chiefly used by Jews from Russia and Ukraine.
SAFIR Jewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name from northeastern Yiddish dialect safir and German Saphir ‘sapphire’.
SAMET German, Jewish, Yiddish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of velvet, from Yiddish samet
‘velvet’ (German Samt
, ultimately from Greek hexamiton, a compound of hex
‘six’ + mitos
SCHRAM German, English, Yiddish
Derived from German Schramme
(Middle High German schram(me)
) and Yiddish shram
, all of which mean "scar".