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Meaning and Origin of: Carnell

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Latin : Horn; hornblower

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : apparently a metonymic occupational name for a crossbowman who specialized in fighting from the battlements of castles, from Anglo-Norman French carnel ‘battlement’, ‘embrasure’ (a metathesized form of crenel, Late Latin crenellus, a diminutive of crena ‘notch’).
  • English : reduced form of Carbonell or Cardinal.
  • Swedish : the second element -ell is a common suffix of Swedish surnames, taken from the Latin adjectival ending -elius. The first element is unexplained.