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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage English
Other Forms FormsGobel, Goebel, Goebbels, Goebbel

Meaning & History

English: metonymic occupational name for a maker of rope, especially the type of stout rope used in maritime applications, from Anglo-Norman French cable ‘cable’ (Late Latin capulum ‘halter’, of Arabic origin, but associated by folk etymology with Latin capere ‘to seize’).
English: possibly from an Old English personal name Ceadbeald.
English: metonymic occupational name for a horseman, from Middle English cabal ‘horse’.
From German Göbel (see Goebel), assimilated to the English name.
Added 3/6/2015 by elbowin
Edited 12/23/2022 by Mike C, LMS and Frollein Gladys