Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • German : from a pet form of the Germanic personal name Habo, a short form of various compound names formed with had(u) ‘battle’, ‘strife’.
  • Dutch : topographic name from abeel, denoting a type of poplar tree.
  • Dutch : from the personal name Abel (see Abel).
  • Czech and German : Germanized variant of Czech Havel, from the saint’s name Gallus ‘Gall’.