Pet form of Cynthia or, less often, of Lucinda, now very commonly used as a given name in its own right, especially in North America. It has sometimes been taken as a short form of the name of the fairytale heroine Cinderella, which is in fact unrelated (being from French Cendrillon, a derivative of cendre ‘cinders’).
German: 1. topographic name from Middle Low German pōl ‘(muddy) pool’ (Low German Pohl). 2. (Pöhl): habitational name for someone from the island of Poel, near Wismar. 3. Variant of Paul. 4. Eastern German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): ethnic name for a Polish speaker or someone with some other connection with Poland, from German Pole, Dutch Pool ‘Pole’.