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Origin of the name KETIL.
Etymology of the name KETIL.
Meaning of the baby name KETIL.


KETIL.  Old Norse name meaning "kettle, cauldron."  Also see Kjeld (q.v.).

    Among mythological objects the kettle or cauldron can hardly be omitted; certainly the very quaintest of human names, but perhaps referring originally to the cauldron of creation, and afterwards to the sacrificial cauldrons that boiled the flesh of the victims at the great blots or sacrifices.
    In the North, the vessel is ketil; in old German, chezil; in English, cytel; but the names from it seem to be almost entirely northern, though the cauldron is certainly the olla, so common a bearing in Spanish heraldry, and there at present regarded as the token of a large following, beneficently fed, somewhat in the same spirit as that in which the Janissaries used a camp kettle as their ensign. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)


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