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Origin and Meaning of Kugel

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The origin of the word is uncertain, but probably related to that of Kegel "pin or peg used in a game (such as skittles)" Outside of loans from German (as in Danish kugle and Dutch kogel), it appears only in German, and only from the Middle High German period, as kugel, kugele, referring to a ball used in games (Spielkugel). Nevertheless, the word seems to be of genuinely Germanic origin. A Swiss dialect form has an additional r, in krugle, found already in Middle High German in the diminutive form krúgellin (Konrad of Würzburg, d. 1287). Middle German variants of the word in the original sense "ball used in skittles or Paille-maille" are kaule, kulle, while Low German had cognates of Klotz. The sense "bullet" is directly via comparison with the ball in skittles, already in use for lead or iron spheres used as projectiles (fired with slingshots or similar) before firearms became widespread.

  1. ball [13th century]
  2. bullet [15th century]
  3. (astronomy, geography) orb, globe, celestial body [16th century]
  4. (geometry) sphere, orb [16th century]
  5. (heraldry) roundel (of any tincture)
  6. (of icecream) scoop

Old High German cugula, chugela, cucala, cognate with English cowl. Variant form Gugel. Ultimately from Latin cucullus "hood of a cloak".

  1. hood, cowl

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Kugel

    James was born in 1945.


    Allison was born in 1974 in Long Island.


    Michael was born on December 5th, 1946.


    Theresa was born in 1912. She breathed her last breath in 1977.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Kugel U.S.
      White 96.67% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.48% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.11% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Kugel

    People with the last name Kugel are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Kugel

    • How Popular is the name Kugel? As a last name Kugel was the 23,515th most popular name in 2010.
    • How unique is the name Kugel? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Kugel was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
    • Weird things about the name Kugel: Your name in reverse order is Leguk. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eugkl. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Kugel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,080 people with the last name Kugel.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kugel? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kugel as their last name since less than 1 person in 270k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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