Postel Family History
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Postel Name Meaning
German (Bavaria, Austria): habitational name from any of various place names of Slavic origin, for example Postelitz and Postlow. German: nickname from Middle High German possolt ‘handicraft’. German: from a Slavic pet form of Sebastian. German: from Apostel ‘apostle’, a nickname for someone who played the part of an apostle in a medieval mystery play. Compare Postle. Dutch: habitational name from Postel in Antwerp province, Bavaria. Jewish (from Ukraine): metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker, from Yiddish postele ‘leather shoe’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press