Sonia Kovitz wrote:
"According to Alexander Beider's
exhaustive Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names, Kivl is a derived form
of Yakef-Jacob-Yaakov by way of Akiva. He considers Akiva a "Variation"
on Yaakov, and Kivel a "Derivation" by way of Akiva. "
This is incorrect.
Akiva and Yaakov are independant Hebrew names
Kivel is probably a derivative of Akiva.
Kovel/Kopel is a derivative of Yaakov.
Chaim (Kopel) Freedman
Petah Tikvah, Israel