Last name origins & meanings:
- English: of uncertain origin; probably a variant of
Catlin or Gadling, a nickname from Old English
gœdeling ‘kinsman’, ‘companion’, but also ‘low fellow’.
- Possibly an altered spelling of German
Göttling, from a Germanic personal name formed with
god ‘god’ or gōd ‘good’ + -ling suffix of
affiliation, or, like Gättling (of which this may also be an
altered form), a nickname from Middle High German getlinc
‘companion’, ‘kinsman’. Compare 1.
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