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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German : occupational name for a market trader or stallholder, from Middle High German menglære, a variant of mengære (see Menger). This surname is also established in Poland.
  • Dutch : from a pet form of the personal name Meinger, derived from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements magin ‘strength’ + gār , gēr ‘spear’; or a pet form of the personal name Mangold.
  • Dutch : possibly an occupational nickname, from Middle Dutch mengel, mingel, a liquid measure equal to 2 pints.

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