Nagel Family History
Nagel Name Meaning
German Dutch Scandinavian and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German Middle Dutch nagel German Nagel ‘nail’ hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of nails. Compare Nail . Germanized form of Sorbian Nahł Nagł Nahły and Nagły: nickname from Upper Sorbian nahły Lower Sorbian nagły ‘quick’ also ‘hot-tempered’. Irish: variant of Nagle . Americanized form of Slovenian Nagelj: nickname from an altered form of nagel ‘quick’ also ‘hot-tempered’ (compare 2 above) or from nagelj ‘carnation’ (the flower) or less likely an altered form of German Nagel (see 1 above).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press