Prof. G. L. Esterson <jerry@...>
The secularized nickname Fohlen and some other variants have been found to
be nicknames used for the Hebrew name Refaeyl. These were found in German
and some French civil documents, transliterated by someone originally >from
the corresponding Yiddish nickname (itself rendered in Latin characters as
Folen). A related Yiddish name was Fole, secularized to Fohle.
If these names can be identified with the name Fohlen about which Ellen
was inquiring, then it could imply that some of the persons who had the
French/German secular name Valentin that she found in archival records
might also have had the Hebrew name Refaeyl, along with some of its related
Yiddish names. This might explain her findings in some Alsatian records.
Prof. G. L. Esterson, Ra'anana, Israel