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According to the "Oxford Dictionary of First Names", Anshel is a variant of the Yiddish name Antshel, which in turn is derived from Latin 'angelus' meaning "angel". Not sure how much stock one should put in that etymology, but I thought I'd mention it anyhow, just in case.

The book is written by Patrick Hanks, Kate Hardcastle and Flavia Hodges. The relevant page can be viewed on Google Books:
-- Lucille  4/6/2013

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