Biblical name, borne by an early Israelite, one of only two of those who set out with Moses from Egypt to live long enough to enter the promised land (Numbers 26:65). The name, which is apparently derived from the word for ‘dog’ in Hebrew, is said in some traditions to symbolize devotion to God. It was popular among the Puritans and was introduced by them to America. In recent years it has become quite popular both in the United States and Britain.
German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a happy person or someone who liked to sing, or a metonymic occupational name for a bird catcher, from Middle High German, Middle Low German vogel ‘bird’. This name is found throughout central Europe, not only in German-speaking lands.