A user has recently asked two questions (1, 2) about Yiddish names that have been closed as off-topic, with the specific close reason "Questions about the Hebrew language or about history or news of the Jewish people, Jewish individuals, or the State of Israel, except as related to Judaism, are off-topic." I saw one of these questions today in the reopen queue.
I don't fully understand the reason for these closures. Do the close-voters object to these questions because they are about Jews, and not Judaism? I don't think that would make sense, because there is certainly something about Jewish names that are on topic. Perusing that tag, I found a few questions about the meaning and history of names, like this one (admittedly about a Biblical personality, so it's on-topic for other reasons), this one (which also concerns a Biblical personality, but that fact was not known to the asker), among various others about tannaim and amoraim.
More importantly, there is a group of questions that ask specifically about the etymology of Yiddish names that have not been closed.
- Etymology of the Name Feivel
- What do the names Pesil, Pesa, and Pesha mean?
- Meaning of yiddish girls name "charnah"
- Yiddish Woman name - Malya
Are the questions about Zundel and Isser somehow different? I don't see how, but am open to explanation.