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Wachtel is a surname of German origin, meaning quail. Notable people with this surname include:

  • Arthur Wachtel (1904–1997), New York politician and judge
  • Christine Wachtel (born 1965), German track and field athlete
  • Eleanor Wachtel (born 1947), Canadian writer and broadcaster.
  • Marion Wachtel (1875–1954), American painter
  • Waddy Wachtel (born 1947), American musician