My last name is Fogel (obviously). I've been told on various accounts that the last name Fogel does indeed mean "bird" in German. Perhaps the german word is vogel. Pronunciation aside, my family has strong reason to believe that the last name is of German origin, although my father's family is from Poland. Are there any other Fogels out there from Europe? If so, please let me know. Much of our history was lost during the Holocaust and/or both World Wars.