Last name origins & meanings:

  1. German: from a pet form of the personal name Albrecht (see Albert).
  2. German: from Aal ‘eel’, Middle High German āl; generally the application would have been to an eel fisher, but in some cases it may also be a nickname for a ‘slippery’ person.
  3. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a cobbler, from Middle High German āle ‘awl’, German Ahle.
  4. Swedish: from al ‘alder’, applied either as a topographic or an ornamental name. The -h- in the surname is purely ornamental and does not occur in the vocabulary word.
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