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SOURCE: Nickname & Location
OTHER FORMS: Kuhl
CONTRIBUTOR: LMS on 3/11/2017
Meaning & History
The spelling Kühl results from a folk-etymological association with High German kühl
‘cool’ (Middle High German küel(e)
, a nickname from Middle High German küel
‘cool’, ‘calm’. Also from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with an element cognate with Old Norse kollir
Additionally, a topographic name for someone who lived by a hollow or depression, Middle High German kule
, Middle Low German kule
or habitational name from one of the numerous minor places in North Germany named with this word.