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Topic: Origin of Geshel name

From: Jason
Location: NC
Date: 02/28/2012


I was curious what the origin of the name for the Geshels is.

Love the books,


Re: Origin of Geshel name

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/07/2012

Probably derived from "gesellschaft" in German. Take a look at


Re: Origin of Geshel name

From: Roald Laurenson
Location: near western isles
Date: 04/08/2012

Ich hatte nicht erkennt, aber 'Geshel' war viele genossen.

Enjoyed that word, to save you a trip to the dictionary. Yet unaware of the connection; alternate spelling will do that unless you are in the right mood. And enjoying the way the word comes across each time is not that mood ;).

Your reference is interesting on the distinctions of community and society also - better than average for Wikipedia, and one more insight into what idealism and precision of distinction have meant in last century's history of Europe. You can live there and know about these things, but still not have the fully useful collection of them. Which seems to always grow.

Cheers, Greg, und gr´┐╝ss,

Re: Origin of Geshel name

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/03/2012

Thanks! Alas, Roald, the web has turned your parting greeting into a sneeze!

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