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The surname Katzenellenbogen originated in the Rhineland, Germany. The surname is derived from the County of Katzenelnbogen and the Castle Katzenelnbogen. The origin of the name may come from Chatti Melibokus. Chatti Melibokus is an old tribe who reside in the southern part of the mountains in the Bergstraße region, which is part of Hesse in Germany.

Notable people with this surname include:

William III of England who was a Prince of Orange obtained the title Katzenelnbogen. The King of the Netherlands and the Duke of Luxembourg have the title "Count of Katzenelnbogen".

In popular culture

Derivative forms of the original name include Katsenelenbogen, Catzenellenbogen, Elbogen, and Katz.

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