Klingbeil Family History
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Klingbeil Name Meaning
German: from Middle High German klingen ‘to ring or sound’ + bil ‘axe’, literally ‘sound the axe’, an occupational nickname for a journeyman, carpenter, shipwright (or any occupation involving the use of an axe). Journeymen’s names often contained a humorous element, as they were bestowed at merry promotion parties or ‘christenings’ held to celebrate the recipients successful completion of their apprenticeship.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press