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Re: Gothel
It seems that it's not a proper name, but a dialect word meaning "godmother".(My mother tongue is German, but I never heard this word form, only the form "Gotte". Maybe "Gothel" fell out of use a long time ago, or is in use only in some regional dialects.)I found this German text about the fairy tale that gives this meaning: this text confirms, in a context that has nothing to do with the fairy tale, that the word existed and really had this meaning:
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