Idel is a man's name, a variant of Yuda, so one might look for the usual names
beginning with J like Julius etc It looks like you are looking for Eydl, most
commonly written Eidlya in Cyrillic, which Beider lists as a name taken >from German
Christian names in the middle ages. Comparable English names might be Adele or
more remotely Elka, and I know one Eidlya who became Annie, though I do not see the
connection other than both names beginning with a vowel. Beider also lists Eitel
as a variant on Esther. Short answer is that it is so difficult to figure out what
English name someone will take that you should not quickly discard anyone you find
a record of with the right surname, especially if the given name begins with a
vowel or D.
Ury Link writes:
I have the book of Rabbi Shmuel Gorr on my table ,and I read what he think
about the name Eidel and I am surprised about Shmuel Gorr. He write that the name
Adinah get out >from a biblical oral tradition, without to give the source of the
place that he find it.
I don't know what edition of Rabbi Gorr's book Ury has, but my page 52 of the
book clearly states: "There exists a biblical female name Adah (Genesis 4:19) but
there is no proof of this being a root name for the very popular Eidel."
Portage, MI USA
Subject: Name Eidel
Mr Joan Rosen write:
Eidel are all equivalent to Adinah, a Hebrew name with biblical origins<<According to Shmuel Gorr's book "Personal Names" ,p. 52, the names Adel, Eide, or
I have the book of Rabbi Shmuel Gorr on my table ,and I read what he think about
the name Eidel and I am surprised about Shmuel Gorr. He write that the name Adinah
get out >from a biblical oral tradition, without to give the source of the place
that he find it. I have a lot of books in my home and I look into the Bible and in
the Talmud and I don't find this name.(of course only in books that I have in my
home). The Hebrew dictionary of Even Shushan give this name Adina as a modern
name. Mr Goor z"l past away before years so we don't know what he means with the
suggestion that Adina was a "Gentile female" wife of Levy.
The female name Eidel is derived >from the old German name Edel according Dr S.
Salfeld in his book "Das Martyrologiium des Nurnberger Memorbuches, Berlin
1898 page 392.
And >from the archive of jewishgen I find a letter >from me ,writing in 1999
with the next: It come out >from the German name Edel and it mean noble, or precious
stones, metal. And >from this name Edel we get the name Udel and Ydel.