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What Does the Name Pessy Mean?

What Does the Name Pessy Mean?


In Eastern Europe, it was very common to name children with Yiddish names, which were very often a variation of an originally Hebrew name. "Pessy" is one such name.

According to the sources I've seen, "Pesse" is a Yiddish form of "Batya," which in Hebrew means "daughter of G‑d."

According to tradition, Batya was the name assumed by the daughter of Pharaoh (the one who rescued and raised Moses) after she converted to Judaism.

I hope that I have been of help.

Wishing you much success,

Rabbi Baruch S. Davidson

Rabbi Baruch S. Davidson is a writer who lives with his family in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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December 18, 2016
The name Pessi and a diminutive vessel
To the person asking the question about the name Pessi, and about a diminutive vessel, this is a guess. Being that Moses was pulled out of the water, and he was in a small basket as a baby, if you were bor during that Parsha, was there another connection related in addition to Basha? Is there a number In gematria that is an equivalent to Basha and vessel? I am just totally guessing any possibility
Phyllis Pollack
Los Angeles
December 18, 2016
Thank you for telling me my Hebrew name!
Dear anonymous below, thank you for answering a question that has plagued me for decades.
My late father told me my Hebrew name was Paysha, but I could find no such name.
Now, after reading the comment from anonymous, I know my father must have meant Pessa.
This has driven me more crazy than you could possibly imagine for years, wondering how my name could be Paysha.
I could find no such name anywhere.
I spent a lot of wasted money on Hebrew name books.
It is really true what my cantor used to say in Hebrew class.
He used to say, "It is a sin to 'shin,' when you should have said 'sin.'
This mystery of the letter "sin" being told to me as "shin" has caused me many problems.
All I knew was that I was born during Passover, so I finally tonight googled "Hebrew names" with "Passover."
Thank you to all who contributed here!
Tomorrow, I'm going to look up the Parsha from the Hebrew year I was born!!!!!
And thank you, Rabbi.
Hebrew names are a part of our spiritual identity!
Phyllis Pollack
Los Angeles
September 19, 2012
Pesha, yiddish name
what is the Hebrew spelling of this name? I'm assuming it can't be pei-shin-ayin
Brooklyn, NY
January 23, 2010
Batya, Pessi, Etc.
My mom's name is Pessi, and on a name-meaning quest I went on a while ago, I found that Pessi is the Yiddish version of Batya, period. Since Batya means daughter of God, so does Pessi.
New York, NY
March 20, 2009
Re: Anon Mar. 19th
According to the Midrash, Bitya the daughter of Pharaoh is one of only nine people who merited to enter Gan Eden (Paradise) without passing away. The Midrash does not mention that she left Egypt, but it seems so from the fact that she was married to Caleb (Talmud, Megilah 13a)
Baruch Davidson
March 19, 2009
Did Batya go out of Egypt with the Jews?
January 22, 2008
Batya or Bithia
I have heard Pharoah's daughter's name in these 2 versions and on your own site you use both. which is correct and where is the source?
December 10, 2007
Re: Peshe
As DZ pointed out, the Beis and Peh are both bi-labial and therefore interchangeable. Similarly, many words that end "sya" were pronounce "sha" in the slang pronunciation in some parts of Eastern Europe, (in other parts of Eastern Europe this worked the opposite way.) Many with the name Basya were therefore called Basha, from there it became Pasha, and from there Pesha.
December 8, 2007
How does Peshe come from Basye?
K. F. T.
Chicago, IL
December 2, 2007
In Divrei Hayamim I (Chronicles I) 4:18 the daughter of Pharaoh is referred to as Bityah (or Bisya), but the name apparently evolved to become Batya (or Basya).