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110 Hebrew & Jewish Dog Names: Yiddish & Fun Ideas

Kit Copson

By Kit Copson

Hebrew & Jewish Dog Names

Let’s face it: naming our beloved dogs isn’t as easy as pulling the perfect name out of thin air. The majority of us put a great deal of thought into our dog’s name, as we want it to be meaningful. Some take the opportunity to honor their heritage and traditions with the chosen name.

If you’d like to pay tribute to Jewish culture and the languages associated with it, this post shares some beautiful, proud, fun, and cute Hebrew and Yiddish names with meanings.

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How to Name Your Dog

For us, knowing a dog’s personality is a great way to get inspiration for a name. If you’re in the process of bringing a new dog home but have only seen photos so far, name ideas are sure to start swirling in your mind, but it might be best to settle on a name once you’ve met your dog in the flesh and know a bit more about their character and quirks.

For example, if your female dog is a real sweetheart, you might go for something like “Toltse”, which is a Yiddish name that means “sweet”. Another example: if your male dog is the true light of your life, you might call him “Ner”, which is also Yiddish and means “candle” or “light”.

You can also use your dog’s appearance to spark inspiration. For example, the word for a certain color in Yiddish, like “Golde” (female), for a golden or yellow-colored dog. If your dog is super tall and/or strong, you might choose “Ahron” (male), which means “mountain” or “mountain of strength”.

hepper-dog-paw-divider 3Yiddish Male Dog Names With Meanings

Need a name that does your gorgeous boy justice? Here are some male Yiddish dog names with meanings:

  • Ahron: “Mountain of strength”
  • Aber: “Father of a mighty nation” (Yiddish form of “Abraham”)
  • Fivel: “Nursing”
  • Faivish: “Shining” or “bright”
  • Dovid: “Beloved” (Yiddish form of “David”)
  • Arke: “Light-bringer”
  • Hirsch: “Deer”
  • Gel: “Yellow”
  • Moishe: “Delivered from water”
  • Ner: “Candle” or “light”
  • Breine: “One who is truly blessed”
  • Lantz: “Spear”
  • Schmuel: “God has heard”
  • Abush: “Father of multitudes”
  • Aizik: “He laughs”
  • Dudel: “One who is beloved”
  • Avrom: “Father of multitudes” (a form of “Abraham”)
  • Zalman: “Peace” (a form of “Solomon”)
  • Elye: “Height” or “ascension”
  • Mendeley: “Comforter”
  • Malgrim: “One with individuality and independence”
  • Froim: “Fruitful” (a form of “Ephraim”)
  • Beynish: “Blessed”
  • Arele: “Mountain” (a form of “Aaron”)
  • Anshel: “Fortunate” or “happy” (a form of “Asher”)
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hepper-dog-paw-divider 3Yiddish Female Dog Names With Meanings

Whether your girl is sweet, vivacious, loving, independent, or a mix of all of these traits, here are some gorgeous Yiddish names that could be perfect for her:

  • Toltse: “Sweet”
  • Perle: “Pearl”
  • Golde: “Gold”
  • Baila: “Fair”
  • Minah: “Bitter”
  • Shana: “Beautiful”
  • Shaina/Shayna: “Beautiful”
  • Hinda: “Female deer”
  • Zissa: “Sweet”
  • Pesha: “Daughter of God” (a form of “Batya”)
  • Alte: “Old one”
  • Chayna: “Beautiful and bold”
  • Blume: “Flower”
  • Badane: “Given by God”
  • Libke: “Loved one”
  • Henye: “God is gracious”
  • Freyda: “Joy”
  • Mesh: “Brass”
  • Mindel: “Bitter”
  • Goldie: “Made of gold” or “expensive”
  • Charna: “Dark”
  • Baile: “One who is troubled”
  • Zissel: “Sweet”
  • Chasye: “Shelter”
  • Fruma: “Deeply religious” or “pious”
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If you’d prefer a Hebrew name for your young male, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of options:

  • Abraham: “Father of multitudes”
  • Jed: “Beloved of Jehova” (a short form of “Jedidiah”)
  • Ezra: “Help”
  • Noah: “Rest” or “repose”
  • Caleb: “Faithful”, “dog-like”, or “whole-hearted”
  • Tobias: “God is good”
  • Asher: “Happy” or “blessed”
  • Ori: “My light”
  • Isaac: “Laughter”
  • Levi: “Joined”
  • Raphael: “God has healed”
  • Moses: “To draw out”
  • Zach: “God remembers”
  • Aziel: “God is my strength”
  • Malachi: “My messenger”
  • Doran: “Gift”
  • Chayim: “Life”
  • 18: Ari: “Lion”
  • Ira: “Watchful” (gender neutral)
  • Shlomo: “Peaceable”
  • Elijah: “Yahweh is God”
  • Micah: “Who is like the Lord?”
  • Gabriel: “God is my strength”
  • Jacob/Jake: “Supplanter”
  • Asa: “Healer” (gender neutral)
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There are multitudes of seriously beautiful female Hebrew monikers, and here are some of our favorites:

  • Ayla: “Oaktree”
  • Luna: “Dweller”
  • Nissa: “Test”
  • Anna/Hannah: “Grace”
  • Evie: “Life”
  • Sarah: “Princess”
  • Reena: “Joy”
  • Zara: “Blooming flower” or “God remembers”
  • Maya: “Water”
  • Gala: “Wave” or “spring”
  • Chita: “Grain” or “food”
  • Meira: “Give light”
  • Delilah: “Delicate”
  • Ulla: “Yoke”
  • Naomi: “Gentle” or “pleasant”
  • Liba: “Heart”
  • Zayit: “Olive” (gender neutral)
  • Eden: “Place of pleasure”
  • Isabella: “pledged/devoted to God”
  • Yardena: “To flow down” (Jordan River)
  • Mara: “Bitter”
  • Shira: “Song” or “poetry”
  • Aria: “Lion”
  • Kyla: “Crown”, “laurel”, or “victorious”
  • Amari: “Eternal” or “promised by God”
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If your dog is a massive foodie or you want something less traditional with a light and humorous touch, here are some names inspired by Jewish food culture:

  • Bagel
  • Matzah
  • Lox
  • Babka
  • Kugel
  • Challah
  • Pita
  • Latke
  • Shakshuka
  • Boreka
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Final Thoughts

We have to say we’re huge fans of Jewish-inspired dog names, especially because there’s so much diversity; you can find names that are long and elegant or short and sweet, and even fun, food-inspired names. So, whether you want your pooch’s name to pay homage to Jewish culture in a traditional way or a quirkier way, there’s truly something for every dog.

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