Last name origins & meanings:

  1. German and Swiss German (also Knöbel): from Middle High German knübel, probably a nickname in the sense ‘ankle’. However, the term also denotes a rounded elevation and may therefore also be a topographic name for someone who lived by a knoll.
  2. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Knobel ‘knot’, ‘node’.
  3. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from Yiddish knobl ‘garlic’.
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