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Origin and popularity of the name ENGEL


Engel : 1: German Dutch and Danish: from a short form of various ancient Germanic personal names (see for example Engelbert and Engelhard). A number of different elements have fallen together in Engel- mainly Ingal extended form of Ing the name of an ancient Germanic god or folk hero and Angel ‘Angle’. The Angles were an ancient Germanic tribe living on the Jutland peninsula; in the 5th–6th centuries they invaded eastern and northern Britain and gave their name to England (Old English Englaland ‘land of the Angles’).2: German and Dutch: topographic or habitational name referring to a house bearing the sign of an angel Middle High German engel. This surname in both possible senses (see also 1 above) is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine).3: English (London): of German or Dutch origin (see 1 and 2 above) or a variant of Ingle.4: Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Engel ‘angel’ (see 2 above).


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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