Given name Keiller or Caila? #general


Ury Link
 

Dear Genners,
Myra Waddell asked:
>>I have recently discovered that my great-grandmother's given name is
Keiller or Caila - I have two different spellings. She either came >from Irkutsk in
Siberia or >from the Lomza Province. Does anyone recognise this name or have
any idea what the correct spelling would be?
Myra Waddell. (Adelaide, South Australia)<<<<

My answer is, This women name is a very old Jewish-German name >from the
Middle ages. dr Siegmund Salfeld in his book "Das Martyrologium des
Nurnberger Memorbuches", Berlin 1898 verlag Simion,mention this name few
times in 1298 as Cyla ( Kaf - Yud - Lamed - Alef ) and in the same year
in another place in Germany as Kyla ( Kuf - Yud - Lamed - Alef ) . In
German he give the spelling as Kaila and Keyla. Salfeld give few
reference to the name as a old German name that get out >from the names
Gela, Gele and Kela. Geil or Keil mean in old German a women that is
cheerful,luxurious,reckless and vulgar . Another explanation is that it get
out >from the name Gele what is a diminutive of the name Gertrud (Duden
,Lexicon der vornamen ,Manheim 2004).

I have another explanation , that this name get out >from the Hebrew name
Chaya. In Easteren Europe we see that >from Chaya we get Chayalle and them
Kayalle, Kayle and Kyla. It can be that the sources are different in
Germany then In Russia or Poland.

Best regards
Ury Link
Amsterdam
Holland

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