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Meaning and Origin of: Keil

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First name origins & meanings:

  • African American : Princess of the night sky; magical

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • German : from Middle High German kīl ‘wedge’, ‘wooden peg’, hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such pegs or for a wood chopper. Alternatively, it may be nickname for an uncouth or misshapen person (compare Keidel) or a topographic name for someone who lived on or near a wedge-shaped plot of land.
  • Altered spelling of German Geil, nickname from Middle High German geil ‘boisterous’, ‘mischievous’, later ‘horny’.