Yiddish, a High German language with Jewish origins, developed as a fusion of Hebrew and Aramaic into German dialects with the infusion of Slavic and Romance languages, spoken in many parts of the world. Yiddish is written with the Hebrew alphabet. Yiddish originated from the Ashkenazi culture around the 10th century and then spread to Eastern Europe and eventually to other continents. As Yiddish is closely related to Hebrew, using the same alphabet and spoken primarily by Jewish people, its vocabulary and structure bears a striking resemblance to Hebrew. If choosing a Yiddish name is important to you, start with Baby Name Network and browse our growing list of Yiddish and Hebrew baby names and name meanings.