Transferred use of the surname, in origin a Norman French occupational name (from traverser ‘to cross’) for someone who collected a toll from users of a bridge or a particular stretch of road. It is now widely used as a given name, especially in the United States.
German: 1. habitational name from any of various places called Wedel or Wedell, all in northern Germany. 2. (in northwestern Germany) topographic name for someone who lived in a forest, from Middle Low German wede ‘wood’, ‘forest’ + lo ‘brush’, ‘wood’.