Mainly U.S.: transferred use of the surname, adopted in honour of George Mifflin Dallas, Vice-President 1845–49, after whom the city in Texas is named. The surname is of Scottish origin, derived from the village of Dallas in Morayshire, named in Gaelic as Dalfhas ‘meadow stance’, i.e. a meadow traditionally used as a night's resting place by cattle drovers.
German: 1. in southern Germany and Austria, a topographic name from the field name Klingle, a diminutive of Klinge. 2. nickname for a gossip, from Middle High German klingelen ‘to chat’. 3. in southwestern Germany, an occupational name for town crier or a nickname for a beggar, from an agent derivative of klingeln ‘to ring a bell’.