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Ruckdeschel is a surname of German origin.[1][2][3][4] Its literal meaning is backpack or rucksack (compositum of Middle High German Rucke for back (cf. German Rücken) and the diminutive of the German word Tasche (Täschel/Däschel/Teschel/Deschel) for bag) and it was used in its area of origin – which closely corresponds to the contemporary Bavarian administrative region of Upper Franconia[1] – to describe a journeyman. Outside of Germany the surname is most often found among German Americans in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States.[4]

Notable people with the surname include:


  1. ^ a b "Absolute Verteilung des Namens 'Ruckdeschel'". Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "Ruckdeschel Surname Meaning & Statistics". Retrieved September 27, 2016. Most prevalent in: Germany
  3. ^ "Ruckdeschel". Retrieved September 27, 2016. Meaning: Back and Bag
  4. ^ a b "Ruckdeschel Family History". Retrieved September 27, 2016. German: nickname for a traveling journeyman, from Middle High German rucke ‘back’ + a diminutive of tasche, tesche ‘bag’, hence ‘backpack’, ‘rucksack’.