It seems that "Sheftel" is a name most commonly used by Jews, and has been used by some contemporary Rabbinic figures in America, but I haven't come across its origin yet. What does the name mean?

  • Is it Ashkenazi? – Kazi bácsi Dec 31 '20 at 22:07

Beis Shmuel (Even Haezer 129) says it's a nickname (כינוי) for David, Yaakov or Shabsi.

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    I suppose because they were shepherds. – interested Jan 1 at 9:24
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    @interested Hadn't thought of that. Interesting idea, although then shouldn't it be a nickname for Moshe too? – Meir Jan 1 at 16:33
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    Moshe already has ten names! – interested Jan 2 at 17:59

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