Last name origins & meanings:
- German: from Middle High German kabel ‘rope’, ‘cable’,
hence a metonymic occupational name for a rope maker. The surname is
found mainly in the North Sea ports.
- German: topographic name from
Middle Low German kabel ‘lot field’. This alludes to the custom
in North Rhine-Westphalia of alloting communally-owned plots of land
to individual farmers by the drawing of lots.
- Czech and Slovak (Kabela): nickname for
a loud or boastful person, a big mouth, from kabela ‘satchel’,
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