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What Does the Name Shaindel Mean?

What Does the Name Shaindel Mean?

The Jewish names of Yafah and Shaina


What a beautiful name! Shaindel is derived from the Yiddish word “shain” (in German “schön”), which means “beautiful.” The equivalent name in Hebrew is Yafah.

According to Rabbi Shmuel Gorr in his book “Jewish Personal Names,” it was once common practice to add the suffix “del” to names.1

The first time we meet a version of the name is in the Bible, where Noah’s son is named Japheth (pronounced in Hebrew Yafet).2

Other versions of the name are Shaina, Shaineh, Sheindele and Yafeh. These family names are also derived from this name: Schildel, Schindler, Scheiner and Schindling.3

See Why Do I Need a "Hebrew Name"? from the selection on Jewish Names.


p. 57.


See Jewish Personal Names, p. 89.

Chana Raizel Zaklikowski is the proud parent of three: Motti, Meir & Shaina.
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Marsia Abel New York, New York September 29, 2011

What is meaning What is meaning of my last name Abel Reply

Anonymous Johannes burg, RSA September 25, 2011

Shaindel Please tell me is my last name Sindelman derived from the same root i.e. Shaindel? I have not been able to trace the root and I am hoping that at last I have. Reply

Susan September 21, 2011

Schindler According to my research, Schindler means roofer in German. Maybe rabbis should stick to milk and meat, leaving etymology for those more qualified. Reply

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