|Doron Abraham Tal (derived from Tirkel)|
69a Ramim St.
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This noncommercial site is devoted to the reunion of the Turkel folks.
Whether you found us by accident or by design, whether you are Jewish, Christian, Muslim or none, you are always welcome!
So far, we got to know mainly Jewish Turkel families from Galicia (Austro-Hungary kingdom of the 17th-19th centuries). Nowadays this area is occupied by Ukraine. Between WW1 and WW2 it was governed by Poland. Even if you are not Jewish, but your name is Turkl (or quite similar, Turkle, Terkel, Turkel, Tyrkel etc.) you are welcome to join us.
Turkel (rather Türkel written with U umlaut) is a quite rare surname among Jewish people. It was originally written Turkl (sounds Terk'l, meaning a little Turk in Yidish). We haven't resolved the puzzle yet, why Jewish Turkel folks from Galicia are affiliated with a Turkish surname meaning, "the hand of the Turk", or "the land of the Turk." Ever since this name has been written depending on arbitrary decisions with variations like, Turkle, Tuerkel, Terkl, Terkel, Tirkel, Tierkel, Tyrkel, etc.
The earliest reference to a Jewish fellow named Turkel is Itzhak (Issac) Tirkel of Lwow (Poland), who was murdered in June 1596, while he was on his way from Yas (Romania) to Eretz Ha`Yishme-elim (i.e. the Land of the Muslims = Turkey).
According to a later legend, our family's surname was adopted (ca. 1740-80) by Perez (Peretz), son of Rabbi Salomon (Shlomo) ha-Sepharadi (of Spain) and a grandson to Rabbi Jacob Munian from Krakow, who became the Rabbi of New Rausnitz, Czech (ca. 1710-30). The reference to this story is presented elsewhere, in our 'Turkel Tribe' website (see below the link 'Turkel Tribe' - website on Geocities).
So far we have found a few quite large Turkel "dynesties" extending up to 11 generations and many more quite smaller branches. We could not match them all, even though we are quite confident that most of them are family related. They share almost the same heritage.
Our main 'Turkel Tribe' website (http://turkel.org.il/) includes information and stories about additional Turkel folks around the world, including "The Most Famous Turkels". There are pages dedicated to history, maps etc.
Additrionally there is a reference to non Jewish Turkels some of them (named Turkle) are believed to be "Black Irish" rather having Danish origins descendants of a common ancestor named Thurkeld.
The dynamic tree on our Geocities website, reflects the complete updated database.
On this website there are five static descendant trees the foudners of which are:
1. Mordechai Turkl (father of Israel-Mencahem),
2. Moshe Terkel,
3. Schmariah Turkel,
4. Schmiel Turkel and
5. Jacob Turkel.
They are from Tarnopol (Ternopil), Trembwola (Terebovliya), Podwoloczyska, Tysmienitsa (near Stryj), Stanislawow and Bolechow. Mordechai could be the father (or an uncle) of the other four founders (#2-5 above). We have no clue yet about Mordechai's siblings.
If you have additional information, wish to make any correction or comment, please e-mail.
Get information about the Turkel reunion via the link at the bottom: 'Turkel_Tribe' Communication Center (email group and more).
On behalf of the "Turkel-bees"