Kiehl Family History
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Kiehl Name Meaning
from Middle Low German kil ‘wedge’, applied as a metonymic occupational name or as a pejorative nickname for a ruffian. possibly a habitational name from Kiel in Schleswig-Holstein, from Dutch and Frisian kil ‘stagnant water’ (see Kiel). South German: variant of Kühl (see Kuehl). from a pet form of the personal name Kilian. in Bavaria, a nickname for a fool, probably from Middle High German kil ‘wedge’, used figuratively for a bumbler.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press