1925 Female Yiddish and Hebrew Names (Harkavy)

After my earlier lists of Hebrew names were published (see the Names page for a list of all name-related posts on this site), Rachel NewYork (moderator at the City-Data Judaism forum) reached out about me publishing the list of names that was included in Alexander Harkavy’s Yiddish-English-Hebrew Dictionary, published in 1925 (see it online at the Yiddish Book Center). After I started on it, Rachel sent me a complete transcription of the names, separated by gender, and transliterated into English. My list below is indebted to her transcriptions, but is different in several ways. The primary differences are that I have kept the book’s structure, and have also retained the nikud from the book (including unique Yiddish letter forms such as ײַ). Rachel’s lists separate each form into its own line, and includes English transliteration for every form. Her version is very useful, so if you want to, you can download her spreadsheet (she later also sent a second spreadsheet, comparing her transliterations to name currently in use by the Lubavitch community in Crown Heights, as found in publications of marriage and birth announcements). Those unable to read Hebrew will find her version eminently more usable for accessing the diminutive forms, as I have not transliterated those forms into English.

Names from the 1925 edition of Yiddish-English-Hebrew Dictionary

For the most part my table is true to the original from the book. I’ve made a few minor changes in formatting. There are some names where the Hebrew and English names don’t strictly correspond. In those cases I’ve written the actual name in brackets. For example, the name עלקע (Elka) is shown as “Ella”, so I’ve written the English as “Elka [Ella]”.

Sometimes the book lists two versions of the name, but really only one corresponds to the Hebrew letters, and one is the name that this name is derived from or related to in some way. In that case I’ve moved the original version into parenthesis. For example, “Dvossia, Deborah” becomes “Dvossia (Deborah)”. Keep in mind that the book itself lists related names in parentheses, so most of the related names come from the book, and I have only moved a few names into this format.

This page contains the female names. If you’d like to see the male names, go to 1925 Male Yiddish and Hebrew Names (Harkavy).

In the table below, the primary column is the Name column, second from the right (it is the only column with data in every row). The rightmost column is the English form the book, if given. Keep in mind that the English forms a century ago differed from what we might use today. Sometimes in the book there is simply a name, and a related name, meaning either the related name is what this name was derived from, or sometimes that the name is a different version of the same name. Moving from right to left the next column is the short form of the name, which isn’t shown very often, diminutives of the name (more common and sometimes plentiful), and finally the leftmost column shows the related name if there is one. You can sort by column and search. Sorting Hebrew doesn’t work as well as I’d like, as apparently it differentiates the nikud, which messes up the sorting, sorry.

SeeDiminutive(s)Short form(s)NameEnglish
איּטקעאיִטעItta
איִיִדל, איִיִדלעEidl, Eidla
אַלטיִנקעאַלטעAlta
אַסְנהAsna, Asenath
אֶסְתּרEsther (Stella)
באַדאַנעBadanna (Theodora)
בַּתְיהבאַסיע, באַשע
בונע, בונציהBuna, Buntzia (Bona)
ביִיִלקעביִיִלעBeila (Blanche)
ביִנעBinna
בלומקעבלומעBluma (Flora)
ברײַנדל, ברײַנדעלע, ברײַנקעברײַנעBryna
בְּרָכקעבְּרָכהBerachah
שֶבעבַּת-שֶבעBath-Sheba
באַשקעבַּתְיהBithiah
גאָלדעצקע, גאָלדקעגאָלדעGolda (Aurelia)
גוטקעגוטעGutta (Bona)
גיִטל, גיִטעלע, גיִטקעגיִטעGitta
גליִקעGlicka (Felicia, Beatrice)
גנעסיעגנענדל
גנעסקע, גנעשקע, גנענדלגנעסיעGnessia
געלקעגעלעGella
גרונקעגרונעGruna
דאָברעדאָבע
דאָברושדאָברעDobra (Bona)
באַדאַנעדאַנע
דְבוֹרהלע, דְבוֹרטשע, דְבוֹרקעדְבוֹרהDeborah
דוואָסקע, דוואָשקעדוואָסיע, דוואָשעDvossia (Deborah)
דײַכעDycha (Judith)
דִינקעדִינהDinah
דריִיִזל, דריִיִזעלעדריִיִזעDreiza (Drusilla)
האָדעסהאָדלHodel (Hodas)
האָדלהאָדעסHodas (Hadassah)
חַנההאַנע
הַדַסהHadassah
היִנדל, היִנדקעהיִנדעHinda
העניע, הענעהענדל
הענדל, הענעלע, הענקעהעניע, הענעHenia, Hannah (Anna)
העסיעHessia (Hannah, Anna)
וויִכנעVichna
זלאַטעלע, זלאַטקעזלאַטעZlatta (Aurelia)
זִלְפּהZilpah
זעלדעצקע, זעלדקעזעלדעZelda
חאַסקע, חאַשקעחאַסיע, חאַשעHassia (Hannah, Anna)
חַוהלע, חַווקעחַוהEva [Chava]
חוואלעסHvolas
חַיהלע, חײַטשע, חײַקעחַיהHya (Vivian)
חיִנקע, חיענקעחיִנע, חיענעHena (Grace)
חיסעHissa
חַנציע, חַנטשע, חַנקעחַנהHannah (Anna, Nina)
טאָלצעToltza (Dulcia)
טאַמאַרקעטאַמאַרעTamara (Tamar)
טײַבל, טײַבקעטויבעTauba
טיִלעTilla
טעמקעטעמעTemma (Tamar)
טרײַנעTryna (Catharine)
טשאַרנע, טשערנעCharna, Cherna
יוֹכְבדיאַכנע, יאָכע
יְהוּדיתקע, איִטקעיוטע, איִטעיְהוּדיתJudith
יהוּדהיודלYudel
יְהוּדיתיוטעYuta
יאָכקעיאָכע, יאַכנעיוֹכְבדJochebed
יענטל, יענטקעיענטעYenta
חאַסיע, חאַשעכאַסיע, כאַשע
לֵאהלע, לֵאהקעלֵאהLeah
ליִבקעליִבעLibba
ליובעLuba
מאַטל, מאַטע, מיִיִטעMattl, Matta, Meita (Virginia)
מאַלעMalla
מאַריאַשקעמאַריאַשעMariasha (Mary)
מִיכלעMichla
מִינדל, מִינדעלע, מִינטשע, מִינקעמִינעMinna
מִירל, מִירקעמִירעMirra
מַלְכּהלעמַלְכּהMalka (Regina)
מְנוּחקה, נוּחל, נוּחקהנוּחהמְנוּחהMenuha
מעניעMenia (Menuha)
מערקעמערעMary
מִרְימקעמִרְיםMiriam (Mary)
מְנוּחהנוּחה
נְחַמְקע, נעכלנעכענְחַמהNehama
נְחַמהנעכע
סאָסקעסאָסיעSossia
סטיִרקעסטיִרעStirra (Stella)
סיִמעלע, סיִמקעסיִמעSimma
סלאַווע, סלאָוועSlava, Slova
עטל, עטעלע, עטקעעטעEtta (Esther)
עלקעלעעלקעElka [Ella]
עשקעEshka
פיִיִגעלעפֿויגלFogl
פֿיִיִגעFeiga
פײַעPya (Zipporah)
פעסל, פעשקעפעסיע, פעשעPessia, Pesha (Bess, Elizabeth)
פערעפערלPerl (Margaret)
פֿראַדלFraddl
פֿרומקעפֿרומעFruma
פֿריִיִדל, פֿריִיִדעלע, פֿריִיִדקעפֿריִיִדעFreida
צאַרטלTzartl
צִבְיהלעצִבְיהTzivia
ציִיִטעלעציִיִטלTzeitl
צִינקעצִינעTzinna
ציִפקעציִפעTzippa (Zipporah)
ציִרל, ציִרקעציִרעTzirra (Sarah)
צִפּוֹרהZipporah
קוניעKunia
קיִיִלעKeila
קריִיִנדל, קריִיִנעלעקרוינעKrona
רעדלראָדעRoda (Rosa)
ראַלעRalla (Rachel)
ראָניעRonia (Rosa)
ראַשל, ראַשקעRashl, Rashka (Rachel)
רִבְקהלערִבְקהRebecca
ריִיִזל, ריִיִזעלע, ריִיִזקערויזעRosa
רָחֶלע, רָחקע, רעחל, רעכלרָחלRachel
רָחעRocha (Rachel)
ריבהRiva (Rebecca)
רײַכלרײַכעRycha
רײַנקערײַנעRyna
רײַצל, רײַצקערײַצעRytza (Grace)
ריִסעRissa (Rebecca)
ריִקל, ריִקלעRickl, Rickla
רָחלרעכל
בַּת-שֶבעשֶבע
שיִיִנדל, שיִיִנקעשיִיִנעSheina (Pulcheria)
שִפְריִנקעשִפְרהShifra (Bella)
שפריִנשקעשפריִנשעSprintza (Hope)
שָׂרהלע, שֶׂרהלע, שֶׂרל, שֶׂרקע, שֶׂרקהשָׂרהSarah
תָּמרTamar
Zissl, Zissla, Zissa (Dulcia)

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