JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Certel #general

Roger Lustig <trovato@...>

Dear Israel:
If the 'C' is to be pronounced like the TZ in Tzaddik, then what you
have is a form of Zaertel, a diminutive of Zart, meaning "tender." In
the records I have (>from Upper Silesia), the name appears several times;
sometimes along with Sara, sometimes simply as the Hebrew name. Some
women named Charlotte had Zaertel as their "Hebrew" names; over half the
Charlottes were Sara. So Sara isn't unlikely; but Zartel or Zertel
showed up on tombstones too.

Roger Lustig
Princeton, NJ

Can anyone tell me the root of the female name Certel? Is it a form of
Sarah? We have two Certel born near Tarnopol in the 1890's.

Israel Pickholtz

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