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Type Surname (ornamental)
Pronounced Pron. SMEK-əl(East Prussian German)  [key]
Other Forms FormsSchmekel, Schmökel, Schmöckel, Schmockel, Smekel

Meaning & History

Originally Smekel. In the 17th century the ‘Sm’ in Low German was gradually replaced by the ‘Schm’ from High German.

'From the Middle High German first names Schnechel, Scmechil derived from the Middle High German smaehe "small, low, invisible".'

Schnechel → Szmekel → Smekel → Schmekel → Schmoekel ⇝ Schmökel ⇢ Schmokel

Variant spellings: Schmoeckel ⇝ Schmöckel ⇢ Schmockel
Added 2/26/2021 by amanh
Edited 1/31/2023 by Mike C