In recently translated letters >from Yiddish to English, the given
name Heitzel/Hodel/Heitze appeared for the same female. Is this
name familiar to any of you, and what is the equivalent, if any?
Redondo Beach, California
Reply to Beatrice:
According to "Jewish Personal Names" compiled by the late Rabbi Shmuel
Gorr, edited by Chaim Freedman, "Hodel" and "Hodil," as well as "Hoda,"
"Hoddeh," "Hodiah," etc. are derivations of the biblical name Hadassah.
Henriette Moed Roth
Los Angeles, CA