Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • German : folk-etymological variant of the personal name Berchtold (see Berthold), probably via Bercholz, another variant; or from a respelling of the Low German topographic name Berkholt ‘birchwood’, from Middle Low German berk(e) ‘birch’ + holt (High German Holz) ‘wood’.