Appendix:Jewish surnames

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This is a list of Jewish surnames. For more information on naming in the Jewish tradition, please see Jewish name.

Biblical Hebrew personal names and their derived surnames[edit]

Note that the original Biblical name is given first:

Bathsheba at her bath
Jacob Wrestling with the Angel

Hebrew names[edit]

  • Chajes (חַיּוֹת, chayyot; creatures, as in living beings; animals) (not חייט, chayyat; tailor)
  • Mosse (from Moses and/or the plural of Moss, possibly Müsse or Müssen)

Judaism-derived surnames[edit]

Judaism ritual of "Schächten", 15c.
cf.Emil von Rezniček(cf.Řezníček) (probably Christian Czech origin)
Trevor Reznik
Mirel Reznik, Israeli Gypsy-style violinist
Charles Reznikoff
Hanon Reznikov
Issai Schur
Howard Shore
    • Schorer
Mark Schorer
Marc R. Schorer
People studying at cheder, 1912
Bob Schul
Else Lasker-Schüler
Hans Schuler
Max Schuler (Maximilian Schuler)
Ron Schuler, politician
Schuler tuning
    • Schüller, Schuller
Eugène Schueller
Gunther Schuller
Robert H. Schuller
Shuler Hensley
Budd Schulberg
    • Schulhoff

stoneburner

Lipót Schulhof
Ervín Schulhoff
Jura Soyfer
Aaron Schatz, sportswriter and founder of Football Outsiders
Steve Schatzberg
Jerry Schatzberg

Germanised, Yiddishised surnames translated from Hebrew or other sources[edit]

  • Blieck, Blick are variations of the same surname. Coming from German Ashkenazim ancestry. Yiddish meaning of the name is glance or glow. Very common surname in Holland and Belgium. Research point to the Belgian Balicks and German Bloch. The name is mentioned in the book of Dr. Alexander Beider the Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia.
Liebkind, Liebeskind, Libkind, Lipkind

Yiddish-derived surnames[edit]

Annie Leibovitz
René Leibowitz

German old pedigree surnames[edit]

Erich Auerbach
Leopold Auer
Madame Kaulla(nee Auerbacher)
Julius Furst, orientalist
Chajim Furst, merchant
Alan Furst, US writer
Stephen Furst, US actor
Artur Furst, German author
Berl Katznelson
Yitzhak Katzenelson
Bat-Sheva Katznelson
Shmuel Tamir (Katznelson)
Ira Katznelson
Löb Sinzheim
Hugo Sinzheimer

Germanised or German surnames (Ashkenazic) with "meaning" in German[edit]

Eastern European old pedigree surnames[edit]

Altnayshul/Staronova

Praha Staronova Synagoga.jpg PragueCityscape.JPG

from "Costume" portion at the Jewish Encyclopedia
The names of the most prominent Jewish families of Prague are: Eger, Bondi, Gans, Horwitz, Chajes, Tausk(cf.Taussig), Jaffe, Landau, Meisel, Epstein, Posner, Kuranda/Koranda, and Karpeles; Hock, Wolfy, Wessely (first Jewish professor in Austria), and M. I. Landau deserve particular mention. The population of Prague is 201,589, of whom about 19,000 are Jews. The present (1905) chief rabbi is Dr. N. Ehrenfeld. The Neusynagoge, the Meiselsynagoge, and the Tempelgemeinde have their own rabbis.
Kazimierz Brandys
Marian Brandys
Michael Brandes
Nunche Brandes
Georg Morris Cohen Brandes

Eastern European other surnames[edit]

  • Aaronovitch, Aronowitz, etc. son of Aaron.
  • Abramson. Son of Abram. It may occur in the following variations: Abrahamson (-sen), Abramovich (-wich), Abramoff (-ov), Abramowitz (-vitz), Abramski (-sky), Abramowski (-sky), Abramek, Abramian, and Abrahamian.
  • Beck, common with Ukrainian Jews.
Bergmann, Bergman
Lucienne Boyer
  • Boyewsky: Jewish surname found in Yekaterinoslav, Russia; later modified to "BOESKY", of the Boesky family who arrived in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Balshemnik, Balshemennik, Bolshemennikov: from Baal Shem: Wizard. A Jewish surname from Belarus.
  • Burstein, Boorstyn, Burstyn, Birstein...
Originated from Bursztyn(Burshtyn) (shtetl in Galicia, now Ukraine) and Birstein (historical state in Germany, see also Isenburg-Birstein, Isenburg-Büdingen-Birstein)
Dror Burstein, Hebrew author
John Burstein, see Captain Kangaroo
Michael A. Burstein
Shmuel Burstein
Stanley M. Burstein
Tal Burstein
David Burstein
  • Huber: the German name is derived from Huober, a farmer holding a fief. It has also been explained as an abbreviation of Hubert or as a derivation of Heber, the Hebrew Patriarch. It may occur in the following variations: Hiver, Hivar, Hubbar, Hupper, Huper, Hobar, Hibber, Kuber, Kubri, Kivri, Heber, Eber, Hever, Ever.
Nancy Chodorow
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Khodorkovsky
  • Kagan, Kogan: May be traced to the ruling class of the Khazarian Jews who assimilated with other Jewish population in Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and Russia. or more likely a variation of Cohen
  • Kaplan, Kaplun: Also may be traced to the Turkic Khazar origin and the Turkish word "Kablan" - lion. Since "p" and "b" are synonymous in the Arabic script Kablan could be read as Kaplan. Probably form the Polish word for Priest 'Kaplan' meaning A Kohen or a Rabbi, or simply one who makes Hats
  • Kalisch, Kalischer: Often a family with this name originated in Kalisz, but then settled somewhere else, where 'Kalischer' was used to describe them.
Isidor Kalisch
Zevi Hirsch Kalischer
  • [Kelitat]
Smolensk 1912.jpg
  • Spector, Spektor: From the Russian Spectorski, meaning inspector. Jews who registered as inspectors with the Russian or Ukraine governments received a favored status with respect to travel, although those who collected taxes were also generally resented in the shtetls (Jewish ghettos).
  • Trakiner, from the village of Trakine, Lithuania (misspelled Trokiner in France)
  • Trupin, Truppin, Troupin, a Levite family from the Daugavpils (Dvinsk) region of Latvia. Surname is a toponym based on Trupy, a shtetl in either Latvia or Lithuania.
  • Usyshkin
  • Utting, Ashkenazi Jewish surname from Germany.
  • Woititz, Ashkenazi Jewish surname from Poland, Hungary and Germany.

Romaniote surnames[edit]

  • Belleli
  • Bechoropoulos
  • Carteris
  • Galanos
  • Giaralis or Giarallis
  • Kabilis
  • Kalabokas
  • Kokkinos
  • Kostarianos
  • Koundouratzi
  • Koutskos
  • Koutsomitis
  • Markado
  • Paratsouklia
  • Roussis
  • Volos
  • Vrachoritis
  • Yarali, from Giaralis

Sephardic surnames[edit]

See also Sephardic Names

Mizrahi surnames[edit]

Italkim surnames[edit]

http://www.sefardies.org

Italian municipality-derived surnames (from villages or cities)[edit]

A

Alatri - Ancona - Anticoli - Ariccia - Ascoli - Asti -

B

Baresi - Bari - Bassano - Bologna, Buriani - Bolognese - Borghi (Borgo Trentino) - Bozecchi, Buzecchi, Buzecco, Buzzecchi, Bussecchi, Busecchi (Bussecchio, near Forlì) -

C

Cagli - Caivano - Camerino - Campagnano - Capua - Carpi - Castelbolognesi - Castelfranco - Castelnuovo - Castiglioni - Catania - Cave - Cavalieri (Piemonte) - Cesana - Cividale - Cingoli - Civita - Colorni - Conigliani - Cori - Corinaldi - Corini -

F

Fano - Ferrarese - Firenze - Fiorentino - Foligno - Forlì - Frascati -

G J L

Gattinara - Genazzano - Genova - Genovese - Genovesi - Guastalla - Jesi - Lecce - Licata - Livoli - Limentani -

M
lestrision

Macerata - Manzano - Marcaria - Marino - Marradi - Massa - Massarani - Melli - Mentana - Messina - Mestre - Milanese - Milano - Minerbi - Mirandola - Modena - Modica - Momigliano - Mondolfo - Mondovì - Monselice - Montagnana - Montalcino - Montecorboli - Mortara - Muggia -

N

Napolitano - Nepi - Nola - Norlenghi - Norsa (Norcia) -

O

Ortona - Orvieto - Osimo -

P

Padova - Padovano - Palermo - Pavia - Pavoncello - Perugia - Pesaro - Pescara - Pescarolo - Piazza (Sicilia) - Piperno - Pisa - Pisani - Pisano - Parenzo - Pitigliano - Poggibonsi - Pontecorboli - Pontecorvo, from Pontecorvo - Pontremoli - Prato - Pirano - Price - part of the English jews

R

Ravenna - Rignano - Recanati - Reggio - Revere (sul Po) - Rieti - Rimini - Roma - Romani - Romano - Rovighi -

S

Saravalle (Veneto) - Scandiani - Schiani - Schiano - Schio - Senigaglia - Sereni - Sermoneta - Servi - Sforno - Siracusa - Soave (Veneto) - Sonnino - Sorani Sortino- Sulmona - Supino -

T

Tagliacozzo - Teglio - Terni - Terracina - Tivoli - Torinese - Torinesi - Torino - Trieste - Trapani -

U V Z

Udine - Urbino - Venezia - Veneziano - Vercelli - Veruli - Verona - Vigevano - Viterbo - Voghera - Volterra - Zara -

French surnames[edit]

Yemenite (Temani) surnames[edit]

Karaim, Krymchak[edit]

New surnames & others[edit]

Herbert Biberman
Ludwig Fulda
Leo Fuld
Louis Golding


  • Price- From Old English

Rosett, Roseth, Rozet, Rozett

Edmond Safra
Al Waxman
Franz Waxman(Franz Wachsmann)
Henry Waxman
George Cukor
Alan Sugar
Justin Shenkarow
Heinrich Schenker

Others[edit]

(not classified)

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Swanson

Martin Friedland
Noah Friedland
Robert Friedland
Lee Friedlander, US photographer
Leo Friedlander, US sculptor
Louise Glück
Jeffrey Glueck
Alma Gluck
Christoph Willibald Gluck (Christian Bohemian)
Rita Buglass Gluck
Deborah Glick
George Washington Glick
Jeremy Glick
Jeremy Glick (author)
Jeremy Glick (September 11 attack victim)
John Glick, see Tri-Cornered Tent Show
Srul Irving Glick, Canadian composer
Glückel of Hameln

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ . Heinrich W. and Eve H. Guggenheimer, Jewish Family Names and their Origins an Etymological Dictionary (Ktav Publishing House: USA, 1992). page of book 256 Frug surnames
  2. ^ What's In A Name? By Chuck Jackson from GENERATIONS (PDF)
  3. ^ http://www.schechter.edu/AskTheRabbi.aspx?ID=155
  4. ^ http://www.sephardimhope.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=55
  5. ^ http://www.jewishgen.org/austriaczech/beiderindex.htm
  6. ^ http://www.sandiegored.com/noticias/50512/New-Spanish-Law-Offers-Citizenship-For-Those-With-These-Last-Names/pagina-2/
  7. ^ http://www.jewishgen.org/austriaczech/beiderindex.htm

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