Last name origins & meanings:
- German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone
who lived on a corner of land in the country or a street corner in a
town or city, from Middle High German winkel, German
Winkel ‘corner’. In time this word also came to denote a corner
shop (see Winkelmann). This surname is also established in
Denmark, Sweden, and elsewhere in central Europe.
- German: habitational name from any of various places named Winkel.
- Dutch and Belgian (van (der) Winkel, van den
Winkel): habitational name from any of numerous minor places named
with winkel ‘corner’, for example Ten Winkel in many provinces
of Belgium and the Netherlands, or either of two places called
Oostwinkel, in East and West Flanders.
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