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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Southern German : metonymic occupational name for someone who made or used pickaxes or a nickname for a gambler; a variant of Bickel 1.
  • Dutch : from Middle Dutch pickel ‘leg’, hence a nickname for someone with long or otherwise remarkable legs, or a metonymic occupational name for a carpenter.
  • Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) : habitational name for someone from Pikeli in Lithuania.

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