"...Zanville? Could he have mis-read or misunderstood Samuel???"
The answer is very simple and clear. Zanville (or Zanwil) is a nickname for the
Hebrew Biblical name Shemuel. Why Zanville ? the way is also simple:
In the Middle-ages the gentiles called the name Shemuel Samuel and >from Samuel
we get Zamuel or Zanuel or Zanuwel or Zanwel or Zanwil (Zanville).
Shmulek or Szmulek are diminution of the name Shemuel.
I hope that I have given you a good and correct answer to you question
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