Origin: W Yiddish shlemil < Heb shelumiel, name of a tribal chief (see Num. 1:6), identified in the Talmud with a prince who met an unfortunate end
See schlemiel in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Yiddish shlemíl
Origin: , perhaps from Hebrew šəlūmî’ēl, my well-being is God, Shelumiel (a character in the Bible, Numbers 7:36)
Origin: : šəlūmî, my well-being (šālôm, well-being; see šlm in Semitic roots + -î, my)
Origin: + ’ēl, God; see אl in Semitic roots.