A new dog or puppy is a member of the family. Making the time to pick out the right name (like you would for a child) just makes sense.
The name for dog in Yiddish is ‘kelev’. If you are searching for good Yiddish dog names, a name that acknowledges your family’s background and traditions is important to you.
This list of the top 100 Yiddish dog names includes a top ten, 50 male names, 50 female names, and ends with some tips for finding the right name.
Top 10 Yiddish Dog Names
Here is our pick of the top 10 dog names in Yiddish, based on their meaning, sound, and popularity
Yiddish Dog Names Male
There are many male names of Yiddish and Hebrew origin to choose from, most involving interesting meanings and background stories.
Means ‘father of many nations’, Abraham is considered the first Patriarch of the Jewish people. Abe for short is particularly cute and fitting for dog.
The name From means ‘fruitful’ and would suit a papa dog or male pup you plan on breeding later on.
Elye means ‘height’, making it a great name for big and tall breeds like the Great Dane.
This dog name was used in a popular children’s book about a girl and her dog on Passover. It is also the name of a Jewish baked casserole dish.
Adam was the first man that God created. This biblical name was derived from the Hebrew noun Adamah, which means ‘the ground’ or ‘earth’.
Gel means ‘yellow’, perfect for a Golden Retriever or other dogs with golden/yellow coats.
Means ‘old man.’ Traditionally, this name was used as a prayer for a long life when a previous child in the family died young. Good if your dog has an old man’s personality or perhaps in tribute to a previous dog or litter mate who passed.
Means ‘life’ or ‘living’ - a great moniker for an active or highly energetic dog. This name is popular because the concept of life is highly valued in Jewish culture.
A religious name that means ‘God strengthens.’ A Yiddish version of Ezekiel.
The name Abel means ‘breathe’ in Hebrew.
Gil means ‘happiness’ and is one of those cute Yiddish dog names perfect for a cheerful pup.
Another food-inspired name. Some other dog name ideas taken from Jewish foods include matzah, babka, and pickles.
The name Fishel means ‘little fish.’ It would make a good name for a water dog who loves to swim or one who works with a fisherman.
Issur is a Hebrew name that means ‘He who struggles with God.’ It is also a form of Israel.
This name refers to a ‘fierce, strong man’ or just ‘man.’ Ideal for a strong male pup, you could call him Mani for short.
Means ‘little lamb.’ Ideal name for a small dog who is a little meek, shy, or fearful.
The perfect name for a velcro dog, since the name Levi means ‘attached to me.’
The name Zipkiyah means ‘defends mankind.’ A great name for a dog who is protective or a guard dog.
Achala means ‘great.’
Means ‘pleasantness.’ One popular person with this name is Noam Chomsky, an American linguist born in Philadelphia to Jewish immigrants.
If you are looking for funny Yiddish dog names, the name Aizik translates to ‘laughing’ or ‘he will laugh’.
The name Ahron means ‘mountain.’ Many dogs would move mountains for the people they love, making it a great name for man’s best friend.
Speaking of which, what better name for man’s best friend than one that literally means ‘friend’?
Mendel means ‘comforter’ and was the name of many great sages.
The name Feivel means ‘shining one.’
Ezra means ‘help or assistance.’ A good name for a service animal or working dog.
Jonah means ‘dove.’
The name Kuni means ‘childish’ and is an excellent name for a playful pup.
Samson means ‘bright sun.’ Made famous because of his strength and long locks and his relationship with Delilah. A great name for a long-haired breed like an Afghan Hound or a Lhasa Apso,
The name Eli means ‘elevate.’
Yiddish version of Mordechai, the name of a character in the Book of Esther.
The name Caleb means ‘faithful.’ It is also the name of the dog in author Asher Kravitz’ The Jewish Dog, a popular book that shows the Holocaust from a dog’s perspective.
Velvel means ‘wolf.’
Hadar means ‘greatness.’
In Jewish and Islamic traditions, Azrael is the angel of death. This name might be good if you’re looking for something a little edgy.
The name Uri means ‘my light’, perfect if your dog is always cheering you up.
Yiddish form of Lancer, which means ‘spear’.
Anshel means ‘fortunate’ or ‘happy’.
Aryeh means ‘lion.’ Ideal for a brave dog and also a great dog name for a Shih Tzu, since the name of the breed translates to ‘little lion’.
An endearing name that means ‘sonny boy’ or ‘small boy’.
Alon means ‘oak tree.’
Form of Gabriel, the Biblical Archangel who first informed Mary that she would bear the son of God.
The name Kyle means ‘victorious.’
Tevel means ‘dearly loved’ and makes a sweet name for a furry companion.
Achi means ‘my brother.’
The name Hirch means ‘deer.’
Zindel means ‘defender of man.’ Another option for a protective pup.
Means ‘held by the heel’. It was the name of a well-known sage whose story is told in the book Rabbi Akiva: Sage of the Talmud.
Means ‘good’. This name is popular in part because of Joseph Stein’s musical, Fiddler on the Roof.
Another Yiddish form of Ezekiel, a Hebrew name meaning ‘God strengthens’.
Yiddish Dog Names Female
If you are searching for awesome Yiddish girl dog names, you have come to the right place. There are lots of cute female Yiddish names to choose from all with different meanings and history.
Alma is a pretty name that means ‘maiden.’
From the Yiddish word ‘shein’ which means ‘beautiful.’
A religious name meaning ‘God is gracious.” The Yiddish version of Hannah.
Hebrew name meaning “bloom” or “flower”.
The name Amira comes from the Hebrew word amir, which means ‘treetop.’
Comes from Yiddish word ‘rein’ meaning ‘clean’ or ‘pure.’
Roiza is a nice girl’s name that means ‘rose.’
Means ‘blessed’, ‘happy in life’.
The name Freida means ‘joy.’
Yiddish form of Rachel, which means ‘ewe’ or female sheep.
If you are also considering Aramaic dog names, Miriam is a pretty one that means ‘sea of bitterness.’
Means brunette in Yiddish. Fitting name for a girl brown-haired dog.
The name Adina is a feminine Hebrew name that means ‘gentle.’
A female name that is Yiddish for ‘deer.’
Libka means ‘love’ and would make a sweet name for a female dog.
The name Bielka means ‘beautiful’, ‘white.’
Means ‘vineyard’, ‘garden’, ‘orchard.’ Also, a good name for a female caramel colored dog.
If you have got a little princess on your hands, the name Atara might be suitable since it means ‘crown.’
The name Fruma means ‘one who is religious.’ Fruma is the name of a ghost in Fiddler on the Roof.
A good Hebrew name for dogs is Esther, which means ‘hidden.’
Keila means ‘vessel’ and usually refers to someone who is talented. This could be an ideal name for a female show dog or one who competes in dog sports.
The name Bayla means ‘beautiful.’
If you have a precious lady pup you might give her the name Perle after a pearl.
An affectionate name meaning ‘sweet girl.’
The name Malka means ‘queen.’
A cute name that means ‘bee.’
This name comes from a Hebrew word meaning ‘night’ or ‘dark beauty.’
The name Pesha refers to someone who is born on Easter.
Shprintza is a unique name that means ‘hope.’
Adele is a Hebrew name that means ‘God is eternal.’
The name Frema means ‘pious one.’
Sarah is a popular name that means ‘ruler’ or ‘princess.’
If your dog is very beautiful you might choose to name her Adah after an ornament.
Golda means ‘gold’ and is another great choice for a golden-haired girl.
Henda means ‘favor’ or ‘grace.’
The name Matilda means ‘strong one’, ‘heroine.’
Ruth is a simple but pretty name that means ‘friendship’ or ‘friendly.’
Tovah means ‘a good woman.’ Perhaps a good name for a bachelor who only needs the love of his dog.
Zelda is a female version of Zelig, means blessed.
A Hebrew name that means ‘lily, rose.’
Charna means dark. A good name for a black or darker furred dog.
Means ‘little home ruler.’
The name Blima means ‘blossom.’
Kreindel is another name that means ‘crown.’
The name Gruna, meaning ‘green’ would make a good name for a jealous dog.
Gitel means ‘good’. A good name for a good pup.
Mirele means ‘obstinacy, rebelliousness.’ If you have got a stubborn female on your hands this name might suit her nicely.
The name Kayle means ‘heaven.’
A beautiful and unique name meaning ‘guard’ or ‘scout.’
Tips for Finding a Dog Name
Finding a dog name should be a fun process!
There are no rules per se, but experts agree that some dog names are better than others in terms of being able to grab your pup’s attention when you need to.
It can be easier if you live alone and can choose any name you want. If you live with other family members, you may need to compromise.
Writing a list down and narrowing them down until you find one you all agree on is a good strategy.
According to an article by Jan Hoffman in the New York Times, the best dog names are short, stand out, aren’t confusing, and will stand the test of time.
So here's 4 tips to help you choose the best dog name for your dog.
Choosing a Yiddish name that has meaning for your family and reflects your values is a great start.
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