Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • German : topographic name from Middle High German himel ‘heaven’, ‘paradise’ (Old High German himil ‘heaven’, ‘sky’), with reference to high altitude, pleasant situation, or the fruitfulness of the soil.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : ornamental name from German Himmel ‘heaven’, selected because of the pleasant associations of the word.