Last name origins & meanings:
- North German: from a pet form of Dietrich.
- South German: topographic name from Middle High German
telle ‘gorge’, ‘depression’. The name of the Swiss hero Wilhelm
Tell has not been explained.
- North German (mainly Westphalia): topographic name from Middle Low German telg(e) ‘branch’,
- Catalan: topographic name from
tila ‘linden’ (Latin tilia), denoting someone who lived
near a conspicuous linden.
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