German: 1. occupational name for a torchmaker or for someone whose job was to light or carry a torch, from Middle High German vackel ‘torch’ + agent suffix -er. 2. Eastern German: from a short form of the Slavic personal name Wenceslaw or other Slavic names beginning with Vech- or Vach. 3. Americanized spelling of Fachler, an occupational name for a surveyor of fish pens (see Fecher).