Zvi Name Meaning & Origin

Zvi

Pronunciation: TSVEE, ZVEE (key)

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Zvi is Hebrew for a gazelle. See https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A6%D7%91%D7%99

At least since the first decade of the 18th century, animal names which had not been used as given names in Biblical times (most of them being the names of large predators) are evident among the East European Yiddish-speaking Jewish communities. Later on, these German names were translated back into the Hebrew equivalent of the Germanized name. Hirsch or Hersch, for example, became Zvi, which is not a deer or a stag, but a gazelle.

Typically, bi-lingual names were used, the animal name appearing first in Hebrew (the Holy Language for these communities), often as companion name to the name of one of the Twelve Tribes, followed by the corresponding name (that is, having the same meaning) in Yiddish (the vernacular of daily life). i.e. Zvi Hirsch

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