For what it is worth, I have a copy of a civil census >from 1822 where someone
whose actual name was Israel is recorded as Essel.
Ralph Baer Washington, DC email@example.com
"Justin Levy" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
"I have come across the rather unusual given name 'Eselein' in some documents from
Burgpreppach in Lower Franconia dated in 1776. In German the name means 'little
donkey' with the ending -lein being particularly southern German. Can anybody
please tell me the Yiddish or Hebrew equivalent?"