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Type Surname (from nickname & from location)
Other Forms FormsKuhl

Meaning & History

The spelling Kühl results from a folk-etymological association with High German kühl ‘cool’ (Middle High German küel(e), a nickname from Middle High German küel ‘cool’, ‘calm’. Also from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with an element cognate with Old Norse kollir ‘helmet’.

Additionally, a topographic name for someone who lived by a hollow or depression, Middle High German kule, Middle Low German kule or habitational name from one of the numerous minor places in North Germany named with this word.
Added 3/11/2017 by LMS
Edited 3/11/2017 by LMS