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Type Surname (from location & from nickname)

Meaning & History

Topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of ground overgrown with thistles, or perhaps a nickname for a "prickly" person, from Middle High German, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch distel "thistle".
Added 1/16/2016 by anonymous
Edited 9/15/2020 by Mike C and Marusero