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OTHER FORMS: Kuhl, Kuehl, Kühl, Kiel
CONTRIBUTOR: LMS on 3/11/2017
Meaning & History
From Middle Low German kil
‘wedge’, applied as a metonymic occupational name or as a pejorative nickname for a ruffian. Possibly a habitational name from Kiel in Schleswig-Holstein, from Dutch and Frisian kil
‘stagnant water’ (see Kiel
). South German variant of Kühl
). From a pet form of the personal name Kilian
. In Bavaria, a nickname for a fool, probably from Middle High German kil
‘wedge’, used figuratively for a bumbler.