Turkel Tribe family trees - חקר משפחות טרקל, טורקל, טירקל

This website is devoted to the research of Türkel (Türkl) families from The Kingdom of Galicia - Austro-Hungarian Empire (1772-1918) as well as neighboring entities (Kingdom of Prussia, Russian Empire). Between World Wars (1918-1939) the area was governed by Poland, after WW2 (1939-1991) it was occupied by the USSR and since 1991 this area has been governed by Ukraine.

The name Türkl has been arbitrarily written with spelling variations like: Turkl, Turkle*, Tuerkel, Turkell, Turchel, Terkl, Terkel, Tirkel, Tirkell, Tierkel, Tyrkel, Torkel, etc.

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

The earliest known 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 ארץ הישמעאלים (i.e. the Land of the Muslims = Turkey).

According to a later legend, our family's surname was adopted by Perez (פרץ 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 Neu Rausnitz (Rousínov), Czech (ca. 1710-30). The reference to this story is presented in our 'Turkel Tribe' website (see a link below).

So far we have found Turkel "dynesties" some of them extending up to 11 generations. We could not match them all, but we are quite confident that they are family related because they share almost the same heritage.

*This research includes also a non-Jewish Turkle dynesty originated by John Thurkld. John immigrated in 1818 from North Irland to Boston. His surname, Thurkld is written on the cover of a family bible. Currently there are no Turkle family records in Ireland since they were all destroyed in the uprisings of 1914. In the 1990's it was confirmed that this Turkle clan (some of them have had Hebrew names) are descendants of "Black Irish" having Danish roots. See a complementary information via the "Nordic clan" link.

Our main 'Turkel Tribe' website (see a link below or left) includes additional information about other Turkel folks (not directly affiliated with our clan), including pages dedicated to the history, maps, name origins, famous Turkels etc.

This website includes an online single family tree having 14K people, generated by RootsMagic™ v6 generator. Offline database is managed by the most stable RM version 7.7.0.

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 (Türkel)

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last updated 2022-01-18