Re: Hesel, Gesel and Iosel #lithuania
R. B. Spinak, M.D. <rspinak@...>
Bill Saxton wrote:
"...information >from the Lithuanian archives which identifies the given names of two of my ancestors as 'Iosel' where I have absolutely confirmed that their names were 'Hesel' - 'Gesel' in Russian. What is it about the original writing and/or translation of this name that causes this situation to occur so often?"
I have encountered a similar phenomenon, where the cursive Cyrillic letters in a handwritten document have been mistaken due to the lack of clarity in the handwriting. The cursive Cyrillic upper case "G" (or "gey") can look very similar to a "J" and a hastily-written lower case cursive "e" could be confused with "o". Thus, "Gesel" may have been read as "Josel" - Josel would be pronounced as "Yosel" which could then be transliterated as Iosel.
Salisbury, MD, USA
Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington
Searching ... in Kovno Guberniya shtetls of Kraziai, Luoke, Plunge,
Tryskiai, Uzventis: FAYVUSH, FINKELSTEIN, GELIK, GELIL, GELIN, GERSH,
GIBER, HEILIG, HEILLIG, IOZEF, KALMAN, KAPLAN, KIL, MARKUS, NOKHUM,
RABINOWITZ, RAVID, RUBIN, SHAPIR, SHER, YAKUB, ZAMULIAN, ZIV
... >from Pogrebishche in Kiev Guberniya: KOTOVSKY
... >from Austria-Hungary: ROSENBERG
... >from Bohemia: GREEN, GRUEN, KLEINMAN, LEDERER, STEINER
... >from Warsawa: GOLDBERG, GOLDBRANDT, KATCHER, ROSENSWEIG, SPINAK
... and any Jewish families that ever lived in Pocomoke City, MD