English equivalents of Hebrew names



The list below comes from the Susser Circumcision Register transcripts and gives some common comparisons. Hypocoristic & Other Name Forms Used in this Register and elsewhere in 18th/19th Centuries.



Abish = Abraham; Anshel = Asher; Arbilai = Abraham; Ber = often follows Dov or Issachar
Bunam (from the French Bon Homme; Dov = often followed by its translation Ber; Eizak = Isaac; Eizik = Isaac; Eliezer = often occurring in English as a surname or a forename, George or Lazarus; Feiss = A mid-European form of Feivish; Feivel = Phoebus, cognomen of Uri and Shraga (a lamp); often occurring in English as a surname or a forename, Phillip/s; Feivish = Phoebus, cognomen of Uri and Shraga; often occurring in English as a surname or a forename, Phillip/s; Fishel = Feivish; Gimpel, see Gumpel; Gitcha = see Gittel; Gittel = 'A good lady'; Gittela = see Gittel; Gumpel = from the German name Gumprecht; Hadas = In English 'Myrtle'; Hana = Hannah; Haya = Feminine of Hayim, life; Hayim = often occurring in English as a surname or a forename, Hyman, Hyam/s; Hena = Hannah; Hendela = Hannah; Hennah = Hannah; Hevva = Eve; Hindela = Hannah; Hirsh = associated with Naphtali, Zvi; often occurring in English as a surname or a forename, Henry; Hirtz = variant of Hirsh, the modern spelling is often Hertz or Hertzl in its hypocoristic form; Hunnah = Elhanan; Issachar = often followed by Ber, Behr (hence - Behrman), Baer; Isserle = Israel; Itzik = Isaac; Jakob, see Yakob; Juda = Judah, ie the German spelling with an Aleph at the end of the word instead of the Hebrew spelling with the letter Heh; Judah = often with Leib or Aryeh; often occurring in English as a surname or a forename, Levy or Lyon/s; Judela = Judah; Kopil = Jacob, (medieval: Cop); Kossel = Yekutiel; Leib/ush = Juda/h, Aryeh; Lekish = ???; Lemela = Asher; Lezer/Lezel = Eliezer; Lima = Lemela = Asher; Loze/r = Eleazer, Eliezer; Manela = Menahem Marram (MHRM) = Meir Mendele = Menahem Menki = Menahem Merela = Mary, Miriam; Michael = often with Yehiel Michel = Michael, often following Yehiel; Michal = A female name; Mirrel = Miriam; Model = Mordecai; Monas = Menahem Monis = Moses; Naphtali = often followed by Zvi, Hirsh or Hirtz Nota = Nathan; Pheivish, see Feivel/Feivish; Pya = Zipporah; Rechel = Rachel; Rechela = Rachel; Reizecha = Rose Sender = Alexander; Yakob = The German form of Jacob Yette/le = perhaps from Yenta, or Gittele; Yozel = Joseph; Yozela = Joseph; Yudel/a = Judah; Yusha = Joshua; Zanvil = Samuel Zekel = Isaac, Ezekiel Zelig = with or without Isaac, being Hebrew & German for 'happy'; Zemel = ?Meshullam Zender, see Sender Zimela = Samuel Zischa = Feminine variant of Suss, sweet; Zissel = perhaps from Alexander, or from Israel; Zvi = often follows Naphtali, and both are often followed by Hirsh or its variants.



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