Other names for Yitzchak? #names


I had a great uncle whose Hebrew name was Itzaak but his Anglicized  name was Charles.  I have come across others, particularly from Galicia

Jerome Hoffman

Jeff Miller

Many names depending on original location of the family. Variations can include Icek for instance. I’m named after Avraham Yitzhak from the part of Russia that is now Lithuania.

Jeff Miller

Marcel Apsel

Eisig and Ayzik

Marcel Apsel

Robert Hanna

Also, Itzik or Itsik.

Robert Hanna


I am also named Yitzhak Aizic and that is how I am called up to the Torah. But I believe that Bob Malakoff simplified his explanation. On my birth certificate in latin letters I am listed as Aizic (Romanian spelling) but in the USA for instance when you pronounce the name it sounds like the non Jewish Biblical translation of the name Isaac, bottom line not always does it mean that it is the "Yiddish," translation we will probably never know how, why and who started this double-barrel name.
But maybe the discussion should be more on the history and reasoning of Jewish double barrel names. I'll just give a few in order not to bore you. Ephraim Fishel
Originated in Goshen, Egypt when Ya'acov blessed his grandson Ephraim that his descendents would increase like the fish in the ocean. Another double barrel name taken from our Bible, Yisaschar  Bear. Yisaschar one of the sons of Ya'acov and a tribe is named had a donkey on its emblem. (again due to the blessing of Ya'akov which he gave to his son. Now somewhere along the ages our ancestors decided that they did not want to make an "ass," of themselves by calling their son also "donkey," so they chose Bear which was an animal strong like a donkey.
Lat but not least Kalman Klonymous. Klonymous is a name taken from the Greek period (Like all those called Alexander)  The meaning of the name Klonymous is  a "good name," or in Hebrew "Shem Tov" How did Klonymous get to Kalman I really don't know. My guess is that our forefathers found it difficult to pronounce Klonymous (without having to go to a dentist afterwards) so they found an easier way to pronounce that name.  Wishing y'all  good health during this crazy Pandemic.   
Aizic Sechter
Lone Magen David Star State of Israel

Bruce Drake

In one record from Kovel that a researcher found for me my great grandfather Itzhak David appeared as Izhuk


In Bob Malakoff's reply to this post he says:
"a Jewish naming convention where Jewish names consisted of a Hebrew name followed by an equivalent Yiddish name". I am wondering if Abraham Hermann is such a combination or not? Can anyone tell me?
Larry Bassist
Springville, Utah, USA

Susan H. Sachs

I have male relatives from Hungary, Austria-Hungaria or SubCarpathia whose Jewish name was Yitzhak (or variation of same) who were known as Ignatz.


I was wrong.  Angielczyk  is Englishman in Polish, not angel.

Lee Jaffe

I haven't seen anyone mention "Yitzie"

I have a possible 4x great-grandfather in Suwalki whose name In JRI-Poland records is Ick or Icko.  We assume this was the local variation on Yitzhak.

And I've seen 16th c. Portuguese Jewish records which use Yschak.


Itzhak, Yitzhaq, Yitshak, Jitzhak

Steven Usdansky

My middle name is Ira. My given name gets misspelled somewhat frequently, my surname gets misspelled very frequently, but I've never seen my middle name misspelled.


Your last name is interesting to me.  My name Malakoff/Malakhov (Малакхов) comes from the Hebrew maloch (מלאך) which means angel. Maybe we are
related :).  Alternative version of the name was Malachowsky which sounds more Polish.
Bob Malakoff
Pittsburgh, PA


I assume your middle initial is related to יצחק .  What does the I stand for.  My middle name is Irwin.  I would have preferred Ivan or Isaac, but nobody asked me. 



My grandfather  was born in Warsaw in 1896 and his name was registered as ICCOK ANGIELCZYK  

His Hebrew name was יצחק

Steven Usdansky

On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 05:01 PM, <bobmalakoff@...> wrote:
I had always been told my Hebrew name was יצחק  Then, a few years ago, going through the various documents my mother saved, I found out it's really


Yitzhak (יצחק) is also the common form for Isaac in Yiddish.  Although, the tombstone of my grandfather Isadore  says אייזיק בר יעקב Aizek bar Yakov, Isaac son of Jacob. The Aizek is another Yiddish name for Isaac.  Bar is Aramaic for son of and Yakov is Hebrew and Yiddish for Jacob. When I was growing up, my other grandfather told me that my Jewish name was Yizhak Isaac.  I thought he was translating Yitzhak into English.  I realized much later that he was following a Jewish naming convention where Jewish names consisted of a Hebrew name followed by an equivalent Yiddish name.  My father's Jewish name was Ariah Leib where Ariah is Hebrew for lion and Leib is Yiddish for lion.
Bob Malakoff
Pittsburgh, PA


In addition to name variants, there were also pronunciation variants.  My maternal GGF, Leizar Wolf ROSENBERG had a first and then second wife, both named Leah.  By each wife, Leizer had a son named Itzaak (or Israel Itzaak).  The family pronounced the name of the first one "Yitzaahk" and the second one "Itzik."  

Marc M. Cohen, Los Gatos, California, USA

BARAK/CANTORCZY: Khotin, Bessarabia; Strorozhinets, Bukovina, Ukraine
CHOMITZ/HAMETZ: Ionina (Janina), Greece; Ignatovka, Ukraine; Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine
COHEN: Dinovitsi (Dunayevtsy) Ukraine; Roman/Tirgu Frumos, Romania
KORNITZKY: Kiev Gubernia, Stepnitz/Stepantsy, Ukraine
RÎBNER: Storozhinetz, Costesti (Costyntsi), Drachinets, Cabesti, Bukovina, Ukraine
ROSENBERG: Tirgu Frumos, Roman, Romania; ISRAEL
WEININGER: Cabesti, Costesti, Drachinets, Czernowitz, Bukovina, Ukraine

Irina Fridman

A short derivative for Yitzchak is Yitzik.

Irina Fridman


The Yiddish nickname is sometimes Itche.