Richard Friedman <email@example.com> asked whether first names
Shlioma and Shimel are the same.
I would say generally not (although what are supposed to be different
names sometimes become convoluted):-
Shlioma - A Yiddish version of the Hebrew name Shlomo - often rendered
in English as Solomon.
Shimel - A Yiddish version of the Hebrew name Shimon - often rendered in
English as Simon.
Ma'aleh Adumim, Israel
Researching (on maternal ancestry): GEVELBA (became GABLE, RAVEL, GALE),
SINGER (both >from Warsaw, Poland); REINA, REINFELD (>from Netherlands -
Dutch Ashkenazi); MICHAELS (originally MICHAEL), VIEYRA, RODERIGUE and
almost every other Dutch Sephardi family name (English and Dutch Sephardi).