Last name origins & meanings:
- German, North German, and Dutch: topographic name for someone
who lived by a patch of ground overgrown with thistles, or perhaps a
nickname for a ‘prickly’ person, from Middle High German, Middle Low
German, Middle Dutch distel ‘thistle’.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): probably in most cases an unflattering name bestowed on Jews by
non-Jewish government officials in 18th- and 19th-century central
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