I was intrigued with your message because your father has the same name as me. I can tell you a little about the Koepsels. At least from the research I have done on my part of the family. My family came from Pommerania, which was a region in extreme eastern Germany. Most of it is now part of Poland. It was given to Poland after WWII and was ethnically cleansed so that few if any Germans are now living in the area. I have ask a number of Germans what the name means and no one seems to know. The "sel" is a diminutive form of a word, meaning small or loveable. An example is Hansel which means little Hans. In English is would be like saying Mikey rather than Mike. No one seems to know what Koep stands for though. I also know the spelling was changed. In Germany, the name was spelled Kopsel with an umlaut over the o. An umlaut is two dots over the o. When our immigrant ancestors came to the U.S. the spelling was changed to better reflect the pronunciation. Please let your father know that there is another Kirk Koepsel in the world.
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