Yiddish Dog Names

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Introduction

If you are Jewish, then the chances are good that your grandmother and grandfather spoke fluent Yiddish. Yiddish is the language of most Eastern European Jews and was widely used before World War II. Unfortunately, in the United States and many other parts of the world, the language is dying out. However, the warmth of the terms of endearment remain in many people's hearts and memories, so why not name your beloved dog a classic Yiddish name? We have compiled a list of some of the most treasured Yiddish names. Read on as you search for the ideal dog tag!

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Yiddish Dog Name Considerations

Yiddish is the historical language of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. The language is believed to have evolved during the 9th century in Central Europe. Most theorize that it was a fusion of Hebrew with Aramaic. Then as time passed, Slavic variations were also incorporated. Nowadays, there are numerous forms of the language. Each one depends mainly on location. Yiddish remains the chosen language of the Hassidic Jews around the world. 

When World War II erupted, there were 13 million Yiddish speakers, but five million died due to the Holocaust. Unfortunately, following the war, the remaining Yiddish speakers were widely dispersed throughout the world as refugees. Many migrated to the United States, the Soviet Union, and Israel. In such locations, they learned the language of the area and ceased speaking Yiddish. Nowadays, in the USA, it is estimated that only a few thousand individuals remain fluent. 

Despite the dramatic decline in the language, many Yiddish names remain common in families. If you would like to name your beloved dog a Yiddish name, many will fit your furry buddy perfectly. For a male dog why not call him Aber? Aber is the Yiddish form of Abraham. You could call him 'Abe' for sure. Atle is a lovely female name for a distinguished canine.  

Male Yiddish Dog Names

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Aver
A father of many
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Anshel
Fortunate and happy
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Arke
One who brings light
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Anschil
One who is fortunate
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Ancel
To be blessed and happy
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Aizik
Means that he will laugh
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Abrasha
A version of Abraham
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Ahron
Refers to a mountain
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Aberlin
The father of multitudes
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Caleb
A Jewish dog during World War II
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Froim
This name means fruitful
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Gel
Refers to the color yellow
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Fivel
This name refers to nursing
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Dudel
One who is beloved
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Elye
This name means height
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Dovid
Yiddish form of David
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Breine
One who is truly blessed
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Chatzkel
God strengthens
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Beynish
To be blessed
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Avrom
A variation of Abraham
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Hersh
A deer
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Hershel
This name refers to deer
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Hersz
A house owner
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Hirsch
This name translates 'deer'
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Issur
This name means Israel
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Lantz
A spear
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Josef
God will rise
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Mendeley
One who is full of comfort
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Moishe
A barren land
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Ner
A candle

Female Yiddish Dog Names

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Mindel
A bitter woman
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Mirke
To be bitter
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Perle
A pearl
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Pesha
One who is born on Easter
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Shaina
Yiddish for beautiful
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Shana
One who is beautiful
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Shayna
A beautiful woman
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Shprintza
Yiddish for hope
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Toiba
This name refers to a dove
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Toltse
A sweet girl
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Goldie
To be expensive
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Golds
A precious metal
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Adila
An honest thought
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Henye
God is gracious
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Henda
Favor or grace
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Hinda
A female deer
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Libke
A loved one
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Hudes
One who is praised by everyone
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Mesh
A trap
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Minah
Refer to bitter
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Chayna
A bold and beautiful female
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Elkie
Means God bought
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Cheyna
A beautiful woman
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Bine
This name means bee
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Baile
One who is troubled
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Baila
A beautiful form of dance
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Badane
One who is given by God
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Alte
An older and distinguished woman
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Zissel
A sweet one
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Zissa
A sweet girl

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