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SOURCE: Occupation & Other
OTHER FORMS: Gobel, 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
English: possibly from an Old English personal name, Ceadbeald
English: metonymic occupational name for a horseman, from Middle English cabal
From German Göbel
), assimilated to the English name.