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Type Surname (from nickname)
Other Forms FormsKuhl, Kuehl, Kühl, Kiel

Meaning & History

From Middle Low German kil ‘wedge’, applied as a metonymic occupational name or as a pejorative nickname for a ruffian. Possibly a habitational name from Kiel in Schleswig-Holstein, from Dutch and Frisian kil ‘stagnant water’ (see Kiel). South German variant of Kühl (see Kuehl). From a pet form of the personal name Kilian. In Bavaria, a nickname for a fool, probably from Middle High German kil ‘wedge’, used figuratively for a bumbler.
Added 3/11/2017 by LMS