In my personal research of the KEUBLER-KÄUBLER-KAEUBLER family, I frequently put a question mark on the name bearers because of my doubts on the correct spelling, i.e. Umlaut exchange and confusion with KUEBLER. (Thus, not only the famous Swiss psychoanalist Elisabeth KUEBLER-ROSS too often is spelled KEUBLER-ROSS)
I would like to share with you my thoughts abt this matter:
i) Both surnames, KUEBLER and KEUBLER, probably have their common origin in the German word KÜBEL = bucket, tub,or vat (old German KUBIL, old English CYFL; both deriving from Latin CUPELLUS<CUPA; see also COOPER). One who made a Kübel therefore was either a Kübeler or a Keubeler, depending on his residence, in Old Germany.
Another possibility - in my feeling less probable - for the KEUBLER-KUEBLER meaning is a connection with KÄUFER = Buyer or Seller (old German KOUF, old English CEAP);linkage with surnames like KEIFLER, KAUBLER, KIFLER, KIBLER
ii) Two main groups of origin are to be distincted due to different spellings (pronunciation):
a) KEUBLER-KÄUBLER-KEIBLER in Eastern and Central Germany (The former Prussian province and Kingdom of Saxony; now Land Sachsen-Anhalt, and Freistaat Sachsen)
b) KUEBLER-KÜBLER-KUBLER (also KOBLER?)in Southern Germany (Bavaria, Swabia, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Palatinate, the former Elsass-Lothringen now Eastern France), Switzerland, and Austria.
Worldwide distribution of the above surnames (estimation of living indiviuals acc. to own research, phone books, etc.)
........ Germany North-America Others Total
KAUBLER. 50 ? ? >50
KÄUBLER. 150 0 0 150
KAEUBLER 15 0 0 15
KEIBLER >35 ? ? >150
KEUBLER 110 >60 5 180
KUBLER >50 ? >500 >1000
KUEBLER 4000 >1000 >5000 >10000
Please let me know about all KEUBLER and/or KUEBLER in your ahnenlist whose roots do not respect the geographics (rule ii). They presumably are KEUBLER, i.e. Saxons.
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