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Type Surname (from nickname)
Other Forms FormsDöll, Thiel

Meaning & History

South German: nickname from Middle High German tol, dol ‘foolish’, ‘mad’; also ‘strong’, ‘handsome’.
South German (Döll): variant of Thiel.
South German (Bavaria): topographic name for someone living in a valley, Middle High German tol ‘ditch’.
North German: habitational name from Dolle, Dollen, or Döllen in Brandenburg.
English: nickname for a foolish individual, from Middle English dolle ‘dull’, ‘foolish’ (Old English dol). The byform dyl(le) gave rise to Middle English dil(le), dul(le), modern English dull. Compare Dill.
Added 4/8/2016 by anonymous
Edited 2/10/2020 by Mike C and LMS