Yiddish Unisex Names

Sometimes called ‘more of linguistic mishmash than a true language’, Yiddish is spoken by almost 13 million Orthodox Jews all around the world. Yiddish naming tradition is a fusion of German dialects, Hebrew and more!

Yiddish Background

The history of Yiddish goes as far back as the 10th century. It originated as the language of Ashkenazi Jews – Israelite tribes that settled in the Rhineland in Western Germany. Despite being a fusion of various German dialects, Hebrew, Slavic vocabulary and Romance languages, Yiddish only uses the Hebrew alphabet. The traditions of Yiddish speakers are very similar to those of Hebrew speakers and Jewish nation in general. Even though the number of speakers dropped significantly during the Holocaust period, Yiddish is nowadays a recognized minority language throughout the world. It was also the first spoken language of Isaac Asimov, an American sci-fi author. As a part of the Germanic language family, Yiddish gives parents all over the world the chance to choose a child’s name whose ancestry and etymology merge together linguistic features of different dialects and languages.