Several of these descendants may have been modified through folk etymology, in which the word was analysed as "on-claw", *ana (“on”) + *klawō (“claw”). An alternative explanation is that they are compounds of *ankalaz with *klawō, or similar terms that were confused with them.
- Old English: *ancol, anclēow
- Old Frisian: onkel, anckel, onklef
- Old Saxon: enkel, ankel
- Old Dutch: *enklow, *enkle, *ankel
- Old High German: ankala, anchlāo