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Type Surname (from nickname)
Other Forms FormsKnöbel, Knubel

Meaning & History

Derived from the Middle High German knübel probably a nickname for a fat person or in the sense "ankle". However the term also denotes a rounded elevation and may therefore also be a topographic name for someone who lived by a knoll. Among Ashkenazi-Jews Knobel is also an artificial name from German Knobel "knot node outgrowth knuckle" or from the Yiddish knobl meaning "garlic".
Added 10/5/2023 by Felie