Knobel Family History
Knobel Name Meaning
German and Swiss German (also Knöbel): from Middle High German knübel probably a nickname for a fat person or in the sense ‘ankle’. However the term also denotes a rounded elevation and may therefore also be a topographic name for someone who lived by a knoll. Knöbel is also an archaic word for a servant a variant of Knabel . Jewish (Ashkenazic; also Knöbel): artificial name from German Knobel (also Knöbel) ‘knot node outgrowth knuckle’. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): nickname from Yiddish knobl ‘garlic’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press