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  1. AIZIK: Yiddish form of Hebrew Yitzchak, meaning "he will laugh." 
  2. ALTER (אַלְתֵּר): Jewish name meaning "old; elder" in Yiddish and "the other" in Latin. Jewish parents of sickly babies used to give the child this name to confuse the Angel of Death.
  3. ANSHEL (אַנְשֶׁעל): Yiddish pet form of Hebrew Asher, meaning "happy."
  4. ARKE: Yiddish form of Hebrew Aharown, meaning "light-bringer."
  5. AVROM: Variant spelling of Yiddish Avrum, meaning "father of a multitude." 

  6. AVRUM (אַבְרוּם): Yiddish form of Hebrew Avraham, meaning "father of a multitude." 

  7. BENESH: Yiddish form of Latin Benedictus, meaning "blessed." 

  8. BER (בֶּער): Yiddish name derived from German baer, meaning "bear." It is often paired with Dov--for example, Ber Dov, Dovber--which also means "bear" in Hebrew and has been borne by many rabbis and Zionists.

  9. CHASKEL (חַאסְקֶעל): Yiddish form of Hebrew Yechezkel (English Ezekiel), meaning "God will strengthen."

  10. CHATZKEL (חַצְקֶעל): Variant spelling of Yiddish Chaskel, meaning "God will strengthen."

  11. DOVID: Yiddish form of Hebrew David, meaning "beloved."

  12. EIZIK (אַייזִיק): Yiddish form of Hebrew Yitzchak, meaning "he will laugh."

  13. ELKAN (עֶלְקָן): Yiddish form of Hebrew Elqanah, meaning either "God has created" or "God has possessed."

  14. ELYA (עֶלְיָא): Yiddish form of Hebrew Eliyahu, meaning "the Lord is my God."

  15. ELYE (עֶלְיָא): Variant spelling of Yiddish Elya, meaning "the Lord is my God."

  16. FAIVISH: Variant spelling of Yiddish Feibush, meaning "shining one." 

  17. FAYVEL: Variant spelling of Yiddish Feivel, meaning "shining one."

  18. FEIBUSH (פַייבּוּשׁ): Variant form of Yiddish Feivel, meaning "shining one."

  19. FEIVEL (פַייבֶעל): Yiddish form of Latin Phoebus, meaning "shining one."

  20. FEIWEL: Variant spelling of Yiddish Feivel, meaning "shining one."

  21. FISHEL (פִישֶׁעל): Yiddish name meaning "little fish."
  22. FISHKE (פִישְׁקֶע): Variant spelling of Yiddish Fishel, meaning "little fish."
  23. GAVREL (גַאבְרֶעל): Yiddish form of Hebrew Gabriyel, meaning "man of God" or "warrior of God."
  24. HASKEL: Yiddish form of Hebrew Yechezqel, meaning "God will strengthen."
  25. HERSCHEL: Variant spelling of Yiddish Hershel, meaning "deer."
  26. HERSH (הֶערְשׁ): Yiddish name meaning "deer."
  27. HERSHEL (הֶערשֶׁעל): Pet form of Yiddish Hersh, meaning "deer."
  28. HESCHEL (הֶעשֶׁעל): Variant form of Yiddish Hershel, meaning "deer."
  29. HESHEL (הֶעשֶׁעל): Variant spelling of Yiddish Heschel, meaning "deer."
  30. HIRSH (הֶערְשׁ): Variant spelling of Yiddish Hersh, meaning "deer."
  31. HIRSHEL (הֶערשֶׁעל): Pet form of Yiddish Hirsh, meaning "deer."
  32. HYMAN: Yiddish altered form of Hebrew Hyam, meaning "life." Compare with another form of Hyman.
  33. HYMIE: Pet form of Yiddish Hyman, meaning "life."
  34. ISER: Variant spelling of Yiddish Isser, meaning "God prevails" or "contender; soldier of God."
  35. ISSER (אִיסֶר): Yiddish form of Hebrew Yisrael, meaning "God prevails" or "contender; soldier of God."
  36. ISSUR: Yiddish form of Hebrew Yisrael, meaning "God prevails" or "contender; soldier of God."
  37. ITZIK (אִיצִיק): Yiddish form of Hebrew Yitzchak, meaning "he will laugh." 
  38. KAPEL: Yiddish diminutive form of Hebrew Yaaqob, meaning "supplanter."
  39. KOPPEL (קָאפֶּעל): Yiddish pet form of Hebrew Yaaqob, meaning "supplanter."
  40. KUZMIR (קאזמיר): Yiddish form of Polish Kazimierz, meaning "commands peace."
  41. LAZER (לֵייזֶער): Yiddish form of Hebrew Elazar, meaning "my God has helped."
  42. LEMEL (לֶעמְל): Yiddish name meaning "little lamb; meek."
  43. LEV (לֵב): Yiddish name meaning "lion." In use by the Russians. Compare with other forms of Lev.
  44. LEW: Polish form of Yiddish Lev, meaning "lion." Compare with another form of Lew.
  45. LIBER: Variant spelling of Yiddish Lieber, meaning "beloved." Compare with another form of Liber.
  46. LIEBER (לִיבֶּער): Yiddish name meaning "beloved."
  47. MANISH: Yiddish form of German Manni, meaning "fierce strong man" or simply "man." Compare with another form of Manish.
  48. MASHEL (מַאשֶׁעל): Yiddish form of Hebrew Asher, meaning "happy."
  49. MENDEL (מֶנְדְל): Yiddish name derived from Hebrew Menashsheh, meaning "comforter."
  50. MOISHE: Yiddish form of Hebrew Moshe, meaning "drawn out."
  51. MORDCHE (מָארְדְכֶע): Yiddish form of Hebrew Mordekay, meaning "devotee of Marduk (Mars)" or "little man."
  52. MOTEL: Pet form of Yiddish Mordche, meaning "devotee of Marduk." 
  53. MOTKE: Pet form of Yiddish Mordche, meaning "devotee of Marduk." 
  54. SEFF (סֶעף): Variant spelling of Yiddish Zeff, meaning "wolf."
  55. SEKEL: Pet form of Yiddish Eizik, meaning "he will laugh." 
  56. SELIG (סֶעלִיג): Yiddish name meaning "happy."
  57. SENDER (סֶנְדֶר): Yiddish form of English Alexander, meaning "defender of mankind."
  58. SHIMMEL (שִׁימֶעל): Yiddish pet form of Hebrew Shimown, meaning "hearkening."
  59. SROEL: Variant spelling of Yiddish Srol, meaning "God prevails" or "contender; soldier of God."
  60. SROL (שְׂרוֹל): Yiddish form of Hebrew Yisrael, meaning "God prevails" or "contender; soldier of God."
  61. TEIVEL: Yiddish name meaning "devil."
  62. TEVYE (טבֿיה): Yiddish form of Hebrew Tobiah, meaning "God is good."
  63. VELVEL (וֶועלוֶל): Yiddish name meaning "wolf."
  64. YANKEL (יַאנְקל): Yiddish form of Hebrew Yaaqob, meaning "supplanter."
  65. YUDEL (יוּדֶעל): Yiddish form of Hebrew Yehuwdah, meaning "praised," or Yehuwdiy, meaning "Jew." 
  66. YUSSEL: Yiddish pet form of Hebrew Yowceph, meaning "(God) shall add (another son)." 
  67. ZALMAN: Yiddish form of Hebrew Tsalmown, meaning "shady." In the bible, this is the name of one of king David's warriors.
  68. ZEFF (זֶעף): Yiddish form of Hebrew Zev, meaning "wolf."
  69. ZELIG: Variant spelling of Yiddish Selig, meaning "blessed; holy." 
  70. ZIK (זִיק): Pet form of Yiddish Itzik, meaning "he will laugh."
  71. ZINDEL (זִינְדֶעל): Yiddish name meaning "son, sonny."
  72. ZUSMAN: Variant spelling of Yiddish Zusmann, meaning "sweet man."
  73. ZUSMANN (זוּסמַאן): Yiddish form of German Süssmann, meaning "sweet man."

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