Yiddish Submitted Surnames

These names are used by Yiddish-speaking Jews. See also about Jewish names.
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ALTERMANYiddish
It literally means "old man".
APPELGerman, 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]
APTGerman, Yiddish
German: variant of Abt.... [more]
BELINYiddish
Metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Beyle meaning ‘beautiful’ (related to French belle).
BERMANYiddish
It literally means "bearman".
BLUMBARGYiddish
It literally means "bloom barrow".
BLUMSHTEYNYiddish
Original Yiddish form of Blumstein.
BREINESYiddish
From the German braun "brown".
BROYNSHTEYNYiddish
It literally means "brownstone".
CONNICKYiddish
Variation on Koenig.
EHRENREICHGerman, Jewish, Yiddish
Jewish/Yiddish German ornamental surname meaning “Rich in honour”
EPLBOYMYiddish
It means "apple tree", denoting either someone who planted them or lived near them.
FAYERMANYiddish
It literally means "fireman".
FAYNSHTEYNYiddish
It literally means "fine stone".
FEDERMANYiddish
It literally means "feather man".
FEFERBARGYiddish
It literally means "pepperbarrow".
FINKELSTEINYiddish, Jewish
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) ornamental compound name, literally 'sparkle stone', from Yiddish finkl 'sparkle' + stein 'stone'. See also Garfinkel.
FRISHYiddish
Yiddish form of Frisch.
GARFINKELYiddish
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).
GARFUNKELJewish, Yiddish
From גאָרפֿינקל‎ (gorfinkl), "carbuncle" in Yiddish, which in turns derives from German Karfunkel. A notable bearer of this surname is Art Garfunkel.... [more]
GELLERYiddish, 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]
GOTLIBEYiddish
Yiddish form of Gottlieb.
GRAFJewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name selected, like Herzog and other words denoting titles, because of their aristocratic connotations.
GROBJewish, Yiddish
From Yiddish grob. May also mean "fat".
GUTNIKUkrainian, Russian, Yiddish
Yiddish surname meaning "glassworker" from Yiddish hute meaning "glassworks".
HALBERSHTOTYiddish
Yiddish form of Halberstadt. It was first adopted as a surname by Tzvi Hirsh, the rabbi of the eponymous Eastphalian town.
HAMELYiddish, Dutch, German
The name Hamel has three origins.... [more]
HAVERBUSYiddish, Dutch
From Yiddish/Hebrew Haver (חבר) and Baruch (ברוך), thus literally "blessed friend".
HIMLFARBYiddish
Means "color of the sky".
HONIKMANYiddish
It literally means "honeyman", possibly denoting a beekeeper.
HORNSHTEYNYiddish
It literally means "hornstone".
HUBERTZYiddish
Yiddish form of the German-Jewish surname Huberowitz, meaning "son of Heber."
ITELSONYiddish, German
Yiddish "Son of Itel"
KONICKYiddish
Variation of Koenig.
KRAFTMELYiddish
It literally means "starch".
KUNICYiddish
Variation on Koenig.
LEVENSTEINJewish, 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]
RABINOVICHYiddish, Russian
Means "son of the rabbi" (through the name Rabin), referring to a scholar or teacher of the Torah in Judaism.
RABINOVITCHYiddish
Variant transcription of Rabinovich.
ROYZNBARGYiddish
Yiddish form of Rosenberg.
SAFIRJewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name from northeastern Yiddish dialect safir and German Saphir ‘sapphire’.
SCHECHTERYiddish
Yiddish name meaning "butcher."
SCHRAMGerman, English, Yiddish
Derived from German Schramme (Middle High German schram(me)) and Yiddish shram, all of which mean "scar".
SHNAYDERMANYiddish
It literally means "snitherman".
SHPIGLYiddish
Yiddish form of Spiegel.
SHPILBARGYiddish
Yiddish form of Spielberg.
SHTEYNFELDYiddish
It means "stone field".
SHTEYNHOYZYiddish
It literally means "stonehouse".
SHVARTSEBORDYiddish
It literally means "black beard".
SISSELMANYiddish
Possibly from German meaning "sweet man"
SNYDERDutch, English, German, Yiddish, Jewish
Means "tailor" in Dutch, an occupational name for a person who stitched coats and clothing.... [more]
TATELMANRussian, Yiddish
Man who tats or sew
TEYTLBOYMYiddish
It literally means "date tree".
VASERSHTEYNYiddish
It literally means "water stone".
VAYSEBLUMYiddish
It literally means "white flower"
ZINGESERJewish, Yiddish
Comes from Yiddish "ציו" meaning "Tin" and "גייסער" meaning "Smith".
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