Distel Family History
Distel Name Meaning
German North German and Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of ground overgrown with thistles or perhaps a nickname for a ‘prickly’ person from Middle High German Middle Low German Middle Dutch distel ‘thistle’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): probably in most cases an unflattering name bestowed on Jews by non-Jewish government officials in 18th- and 19th-century central Europe.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press