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Origin and popularity of the name MARKEL


Markel : 1: German (also Märkel): variant of Markl 1 and in North America (also) an altered form of this.2: Jewish (Ashkenazic; also Märkel): derivative of two personal names Latin Marcus (compare 3 below) and German Markward (see Markwardt) + the Yiddish hypocoristic suffix -l. The Yiddish personal names Markl and /Merkl were both used by Jews as vernacular equivalents of the closely sounding Biblical name Mordecai.3: Americanized form of Slovenian Markelj or its variant Markl 2: from a hypocoristic derivative of the personal name Marko Latin Marcus.4: Possibly also an American shortened form of Slovenian Markelc or Markeljc: patronymic or diminutive of the personal name Markelj (see 3 above).5: English (Staffordshire): probably a shortened form of Markley. This surname is very rare in Britain.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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