Yiddish Submitted Surnames

These names are used by Yiddish-speaking Jews. See also about Jewish names.
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ALTERMAN אַלטערמאַן 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).
BENESH בענעש, בנש Yiddish
From the given name BENESH, a Yiddish diminutive of BENEDICT.
BERMAN בערמאַן Yiddish
It literally means "bearman".
BERMANN בערמאַן Yiddish
Variant of BERMAN.
BLUMBARG בלומבאַרג Yiddish
It literally means "bloom barrow".
BLUMSHTEYN בלומשטיין Yiddish
Original Yiddish form of BLUMSTEIN.
BREINES Yiddish
From the German braun "brown".
BROYNSHTEYN ברוינשטיין Yiddish
It literally means "brownstone".
CONNICK Yiddish
Variation on KOENIG.
EHRENREICH German, Jewish, Yiddish
Jewish/Yiddish German ornamental surname meaning “Rich in honour”
EPLBOYM עפּלבוים Yiddish
It means "apple tree", denoting either someone who planted them or lived near them.
FAYERMAN פֿײַערמאַן Yiddish
It literally means "fireman".
FAYNSHTEYN פֿײַנשטײַן Yiddish
It literally means "fine stone".
FEDERMAN פֿעדערמאַן Yiddish
It literally means "feather man".
FEFERBARG פֿעפֿערבאַרג Yiddish
It literally means "pepperbarrow".
FINKELSTEIN פֿינקעלשׁטײַן‎, פינקלשׁטין, פינקלשׁטיין Yiddish
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) ornamental compound name, literally 'sparkle stone', from Yiddish finkl 'sparkle' + stein 'stone'. See also GARFINKEL.
FREYDNTOL פֿריידנטאָל Yiddish
FRISH פֿריש Yiddish
Yiddish form of FRISCH.
FUKS פֿוקס Yiddish
It literally means "fox".
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 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]
GOLDVASER וואַסערגאָלד Yiddish
GOTLIBE גאָטליבע 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".
GÜTLIN German, Yiddish
Diminutive of GUTE and GUTA, recorded in Frankfurt, Germany throughout the 14th century.
GUTNIK גוטניק Ukrainian, Russian, Yiddish
Yiddish surname meaning "glassworker" from Yiddish hute meaning "glassworks".
HALBERSHTOT האַלבערשטאָט 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]
HAMERSHTEYN האַמערשטיין Yiddish
HAVERBUS האַווערבוס Yiddish, Dutch
From Yiddish/Hebrew Haver (חבר) and Baruch (ברוך), thus literally "blessed friend".
HENDEL הענדל, הנדל Yiddish, German, Dutch
From the given name HENDEL, a Yiddish diminutive of HANNAH.
HIMLFARB הימלפֿאַרב Yiddish
Means "color of the sky".
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.
HORNSHTEYN האָרנשטיין Yiddish
It literally means "hornstone".
HUBERTZ Yiddish
Yiddish form of the German-Jewish surname Huberowitz, meaning "son of Heber."
ITELSON Yiddish, German
Yiddish "Son of Itel"
KONICK Yiddish
Variation of KOENIG.
KRAFTMEL קראַפֿטמעל Yiddish
It literally means "starch".
KUNIC Yiddish
Variation on KOENIG.
KURTZBERG קורצבערג German, Yiddish, Jewish
Variant of KURZBERG.
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 (see LOW) + German stein ‘stone’, ‘rock’... [more]
LIEBLING German, Yiddish, Jewish
Derived from German lieb meaning "dear, beloved" or German liebling meaning "darling".
MENDLSAN מענדלסאן Yiddish
Yiddish form of MENDELSSOHN.
NICHTER נײַטער German, Yiddish
Means "negator, negate" from Middle High German nicht meaning "not." Perhaps it originally denoted a person who was a philosopher or judge. Can possibly also be a variant of RICHTER... [more]
PANCEK Yiddish
Variant of PENZIG.
RABINOVICH ראבינאוויטש Yiddish, Russian
Means "son of the rabbi" (through the name Rabin), referring to a scholar or teacher of the Torah in Judaism.
RABINOVITCH ראבינאוויטש Yiddish
Variant transcription of RABINOVICH.
RABINOVITZ ראבינאוויטש Yiddish
Variant of RABINOVICH.
REYTBLAT Yiddish
Means "red leaf" in Yiddish. This is somewhat rare, chiefly used by Jews from Russia and Ukraine.
ROYZNBARG רויזןבאַרג Yiddish
Yiddish form of ROSENBERG.
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 ‘thread’).
SCHECHTER Yiddish
Yiddish name meaning "butcher."
SCHIEROKAUER German, Yiddish
Derived from the town of Sieraków in the Silesian Voivodeship in Poland.
SCHRAM German, English, Yiddish
Derived from German Schramme (Middle High German schram(me)) and Yiddish shram, all of which mean "scar".
SENDER סענדער, סנדר Yiddish
From the given name SENDER, a Yiddish diminutive of ALEXANDER or ALEKSANDR.
SHIMMEL שימל Yiddish
From the given name SHIMMEL, a Yiddish diminutive of SHIMON.
SHNAYDERMAN שנײַדערמאַן Yiddish
It literally means "snitherman".
SHPIGL שפּיגל Yiddish
Yiddish form of SPIEGEL.
SHPILBARG שפּילבאַרג Yiddish
Yiddish form of SPIELBERG.
SHTEYNFELD שטײנפֿעלד Yiddish
It means "stone field".
SHTEYNHOYZ שטיינהויז Yiddish
It literally means "stonehouse".
SHVARTSEBORD שוואַרצעבאָרד 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]
TATELMAN Russian, Yiddish
Man who tats or sew
TEYTLBOYM טייטלבוים Yiddish
It literally means "date tree".
VASERSHTEYN וואַסערשטיין Yiddish
It literally means "water stone".
VAYSEBLUM ווײַסעבלום Yiddish
It literally means "white flower"
VEIS ווייס German, Yiddish
Yiddish form of WEISS.
WOHL German, Yiddish
Meaning "pleasant" in both Middle German and Ashkenazic Yiddish
ZALMAN זלמן Yiddish
From the given name ZALMAN, a Yiddish diminutive of SOLOMON.
ZINGESER צינגייסער Jewish, Yiddish
Comes from Yiddish "ציו" meaning "Tin" and "גייסער" meaning "Smith".
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