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Where Does the Yiddish Name Chasha Come From?

Where Does the Yiddish Name Chasha Come From?



I would like to know where I can find the meaning of my Yiddish name. I was named after my grandmother, whose name was Chasha.


Apparently this name was derived from the (male) name Chasa, which is mentioned in the Talmud. In Aramaic, the word chasia means “mercy” or “merciful.”1

Others opine that Chasha is a derivative of the Hebrew name Chaya (which means “life”), while others insist that it started as a Yiddish nickname for the Hebrew name Chana (“grace”).

Best wishes,

Rabbi Baruch S. Davidson


Responsa Ein Yitzchok, part 2, Even ha-Ezer 19:34.

Rabbi Baruch S. Davidson is a writer who lives with his family in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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