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amother




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Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:29 am
No, I would never use this name. I heard of it for the first time recently.
Is it a real name?? A nickname?
Where does it come from?
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amother




Babyblue
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:30 am
amother [ OP ] wrote:
No, I would never use this name. I heard of it for the first time recently.
Is it a real name?? A nickname?
Where does it come from?

It's like the yiddish equivalent of 'sweetheart'. Not an actual name afaik
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alwayssmile




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:32 am
There are people actually called mammela it’s a real name too.
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amother




Linen
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:33 am
I believe it is a nickname like sweetheart, for girls.
Sort of like some other culture call their sons Poppie. (Like Pop-dad, not like the red flowers that Georgia O’Keefe painted.)
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Blessing1




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:34 am
amother [ Babyblue ] wrote:
It's like the yiddish equivalent of 'sweetheart'. Not an actual name afaik


It's a real name. The name a Mamel ממל. I know afew Mamele's from 2 different families.
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amother




Oak
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:36 am
It's a real name I know a few people with that name. Not sure of the origins.

The term of endearment is not the name we are talking about, we are talking about an actual official name.
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FranticFrummie




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:37 am
alwayssmile wrote:
There are people actually called mammela it’s a real name too.



Mam-E-lah could be a Moroccan name maybe.

MAM-e-lah is a Yiddish diminutive for "little mother", a term of endearment. "Shaindel takes such good care of her baby sister. She's a real mammela."

Pretty much anything with a "la" at the end of it is a Yiddish-ism for a young female. I often called my DD Rivkala.
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Kiwi13




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:37 am
Not the same, but does anyone know about the origins of "Mammashe?" (pronounced "mama-shee")
That's what my grandfather called his mother. I think they spoke Yiddish.
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FranticFrummie




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:39 am
Blessing1 wrote:
It's a real name. The name a Mamel ממל. I know afew Mamele's from 2 different families.


Where were they from? What's the Hebrew equivalent?
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Blessing1




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:40 am
FranticFrummie wrote:
Where were they from? What's the Hebrew equivalent?


They're chassidish. I think the word ממל is hebrew.
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amother




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Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:45 am
What does ממל mean?
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amother




Royalblue
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:46 am
Yup I know people with that name. Not chasidish
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SixOfWands




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:49 am
FranticFrummie wrote:
Mam-E-lah could be a Moroccan name maybe.

MAM-e-lah is a Yiddish diminutive for "little mother", a term of endearment. "Shaindel takes such good care of her baby sister. She's a real mammela."

Pretty much anything with a "la" at the end of it is a Yiddish-ism for a young female. I often called my DD Rivkala.


My grandmother called me mammala -- which she pronounced muh-mu-la -- as a term of endearment. It never occurred to me that it was Yiddish, but I guess she must have spoken it in her family.

I've never heard of it as a name. I assume it would be pronounced differently.
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tigerwife




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:51 am
I’ve also met someone named Mamele (pronounced like the yiddish term for endearment) and also wondered where it came from.
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amother




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Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:54 am
For everyone responding that it’s a term of endearment, that’s not what I’m asking about. I’m asking about people who actually name their child this name. It’s their child’s real name, not a term of endearment.
Happens to be that I got a wedding invitation in the mail and this was the kallahs name! I guess her husband will call her mamelah and her kids will call her mommy!
Yes, the invitation was from a chassidish family.
Seems that no one knows what it really means.
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amother




Violet
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 10:55 am
There is a name Mamala in Yiddish.
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Frumme




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 11:05 am
Mamie is the name of the main antagonist in Abraham Cahan's Yekl, circa 1896. She is supposed to be a Jewish immigrant from Poland, and is at one point called Mamela (the characters go between their Jewish and secular names throughout the book, e.g. Yekl is Jake).

Just some historical perspective
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amother




Seashell
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 11:23 am
Kiwi13 wrote:
Not the same, but does anyone know about the origins of "Mammashe?" (pronounced "mama-shee")
That's what my grandfather called his mother. I think they spoke Yiddish.


Hungarian ending. Mammashee and babbshee (grandmother). My grandmother's family said that and they were actually polish but I think it's hungarishe dialect
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nchr




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 11:26 am
amother [ Seashell ] wrote:
Hungarian ending. Mammashee and babbshee (grandmother). My grandmother's family said that and they were actually polish but I think it's hungarishe dialect


No Hungarians say Cha like lunCH tes shin alef Chanchy Lychu not a shhha..
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amother




Seashell
 

Post Mon, Feb 08 2021, 11:33 am
nchr wrote:
No Hungarians say Cha like lunCH tes shin alef Chanchy Lychu not a shhha..


If I had to transcribe it I'd write babschee. So maybe there's more of a ch in there.

Idk I asked my grandmother why she called her mother mamshee, and she said that's what they did in the house, and her own mother said babshee (my grandmother did not have grandparents bc Holocaust).
They also said zayde (long I) zaiideh not the Russian zeidy. Hard to write it lol. So a different accent. The family was polish through and through, I can't figure it out.
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