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