Menachem, Mendel

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Biblical Hebrew
Meaning: “comforter”

The name is derived from the Hebrew word meaning “consoler” or “comforter”. It is found in the Old Testament in 2 Kings 15:14-22 as the name of a king of Israel.

The name has always been common among Jews but rarely found among Christians. The popular Yiddish male name, Mendel, is a diminutive.

Currently, the name ranks in as the 992nd most popular male name in the United States.

In modern history, the most famous bearer is former Israeli Prime minister, Menachem Begin, born Mieczysław Biegun. (1913-1992)

Other forms of the name include:

Ménahem (French)
Menaem (Greek: Biblical)
Menahem (Latin: Biblical)
Menajem (Spanish)
Mendel (Yiddish)




Gender: Feminine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “plain; complain; console; comfort.”

The name is from the Lithuanian word guostis meaning “complain; plain; console; comfort.”

It is also the name of a river in Lithuania.

The designated name-day is August 14.




flax_flowers_good_bigGender: Masculine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “flax”

The name is fairly popular in Lithuania, the name comes directly from the Lithuanian word for flax, linum usitatissimum, and it could also be a form of the Greek name Linos meaning “comfort song.” In the Lithuanian case, it is most likely that the name has its origins in indigenous Baltic roots. Its feminine forms is Linė (LIN-ay) and Lina (LIN-ah). The name is borne by Lithuanian basketball player Linas Kleiza (b.1985). Its designated name-day is September 23. There is a Spanish form: Lino.