Gockel Family History
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Gockel Name Meaning
North German: habitational name for someone from a place in Westphalia called Gockeln. According to Bahlow, the place name is derived from gok, an obsolete word for a bog. South German: from Middle High German gogel ‘cheerful’, ‘lively’, either a nickname for someone with a cheerful disposition or an occupational name for an entertainer (modern German Gaukler). South German: nickname from a regional term gockel ‘rooster’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press