Sorry there were a few words ommitted in my previous posting here
corrected, the substance is unchanged but may make a little more sense. I
have capitalized them to spare you the search if you are interested in
pursuing this issue. Thanks.
I have been watching with interest the discussions of names, hoping that
names I am interested in might come up. They have not. So I have another
entry for consideration: The family name BEIFEL is an uncommon one and is
not listed in either of Beider's volumes of Jewish names in the Polish and
Russian Empires. Further, many of the listings I have found on the WEB -
Christian Brothers and youth groups, etc. are not Jewish. `There is even a
photo of three Japanese youth sitting around a table! The one definitely
Jewish listing is on the 1816 Revision list where I found BEIFEL as a first
name of the head of household in Michalewski, Klucz and as his son's
I had begun to wonder until I found the Revision list cited above whether
Beifel was not an example of a sea change name.
I would be appreciative of any input >from others who are knowledge about
Jewish given names and surnames.