First of all, thanks for all the responses both in this forum and privately.
For those who asked, the name was most definitely Zechiel. Since he was detained
due to lack of funds, his name appears twice, and very clearly begins with a Z.
There were enough capital "Y"s on the page to enable comparison - the clerk was
very consistent and had very clear handwriting.
From: Meron Lavie [mailto:lavie@...]
I just found out that my gg-grandfather Julius' original name was Zechiel. I
found one or two instances in which Zechiel was used as a family name, but
never as a first name.