Turkel Tribe family trees - שבט הטירקלים - חקר משפחות טרקל

Online trees of the "Türkel Tribe" project generated by RootsMagic 6.

Whether you found us by accident or by design, whether you are Jewish, Christian, Muslim or none, you are always welcome!

This private site is devoted to the research of Jewish Türkel families from Galicia (Austro-Hungary kingdom of the 17th-19th centuries). Between WW1 and WW2 it was governed by Poland. Nowadays this area is occupied by Ukraine.

Even if you are not Jewish, but your name sounds like Türkl you are welcome to join us. This name has been written arbitrarily with variations like: Turkle, Tuerkel, Terkl, Terkel, Tirkel, Tierkel, Tyrkel, etc.

Below we refer to the puzzle: Why are Jewish Türkel folks from Galicia affiliated with a Turkish surname meaning, "the hand of the Turk", or "the land of the Turk"?

The earliest reference to a Jewish fellow named Türkel 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 by Perez (Peretz, ca. 1740-80), 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 a link).

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 (see a link below) includes information and stories about additional Turkel folks around the world, including pages dedicated to history, maps, name origins, famous Turkels etc.

If you have additional information, wish to make a comment or a correction, please refer to the contact address below.

On behalf of the "Turkel-bees"
Thank you,



Doron Abraham Tal (Tirkel)

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last updated 2019-07-01