DOLL Family History
Recorded in a number of spellings as shown below, this is an English and German surname of pre 5th century Frankish origins. As a surname is was medieval and a nickname for a troubled or anxious person. This is from the Old French word "dolere", meaning to hurt. The surname in its varied spellings was an example of that sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. These were given for a variety of characteristics physical, mental or moral, or for instance supposed resemblance to an animal or bird.