Hello, my wife’s grandmother is of the understanding that her mother’s name was Chayalla and we should use that name. She claims that her actual name is Chayalla not Chaya. I have a strong suspicion that her name was Chaya and they just called her Chayalla. Is there any precedent or history to actually naming a child with the yiddish nickname such as Chayalla in place of Chaya?
It seems that the name Chayala, was sometimes used as a nickname and sometimes it was also used as a real name.