Last name origins & meanings:
- German: habitational name from any of three places in Rhineland
- North German (Westphalian): topographic name from Kaul ‘pit’, ‘pond’. Compare Kuhl.
- Indian (Kashmir): Hindu (Brahman) name, from Sanskrit kaula
‘well-born’ (from Sanskrit kula ‘family’). According to Koul
(1994), the surname Kaul is derived from Mahakaul
meaning ‘the great Kaul’, which is an epithet of the god Shiva.
Kashmiri Hindus are votaries of Shiva.
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