Last name origins & meanings:
- German: occupational name for a cooper or the overseer of a
wine cellar, from an agent derivative of Middle High German
kuofe ‘vat’, ‘barrel’ (from Latin cupa).
- from an
agent derivative of Middle High German kiffen ‘to quarrel’,
hence a nickname for a bickerer.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental
name from German Kiefer ‘pine tree’. This word, which is first
attested in the early 15th century, is a blend of kien and
forhe, both meaning ‘pine’. The two elements still have a
separate existence: kieboom is the Dutch term for a pine tree,
while in many parts of Germany the word for the tree is
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