Kobel Family History
Kobel Name Meaning
topographic name from Middle High German kobel ‘rock’, ‘gorge’. eastern German habitational name for someone from any of several places, mainly in Silesia, of Slavic origin, e.g. Kobel, Kobeln, Koblau, which are named from Slavic kobyla ‘mare’. from Kobel ‘laborer’s cottage’, ‘hut’, hence, by metonymy, a bondsman or serf.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press