The surname of KAGE was a German occupational name for a maker of hoods, or a nickname for a habitual wearer of a distinctive hood. The name was derived from the Old German word KOGEL, and rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form CUCULLA. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. The name was also used in Southern Germany as a locational name meaning 'one who lived at the mountain-top'. The name has numerous variant spellings which include KOGEL, KAGEL, KAGELMANN, KOGLER, KAGELER and KAGLER. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. A notable member of the name was Maurico Raul KAGEL, born in 1931, the Argentinian composer. He was prominent in the avant-garde movement, and evolved a fantastically complex serial organization of the elements of music combined with aleatory elements drawn from random visual patterns, electronic sounds and unconventional percussion instruments. Because of the close relationship between the English and German languages, some Germans are able to transform their names to the English form just by dropping a single letter. Many Germans have re-spelt their names in America. After the start of the first World War, Germans in great numbers Anglicized their names in an effort to remove all doubt as to their patriotism. Afterwards some changed back, and then during World War II the problem became acute once more, and the changing started all over again, although not with as much intensity. Many immigrants from Germany settled in Pennsylvania.
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