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OTHER FORMS: Deeble, De Bell, Debell, Dibble, Dible, Debill, Debold, Daybell, Dyball, Diable
CONTRIBUTOR: anonymous on 8/3/2016
Meaning & History
This surname is of French derivation and was introduced to Britain by the Normans. It has two possible derivations, the first from the Roman (Latin) 'debil-is', which means literally "poorly" or "weak", and may have been a metonymic for a doctor or healer, whilst the second possible origin is a nickname derivation from the old French 'Theodore' to Tibald and Tibble or Dibble, Deble.